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Is this a legit key?

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Watch one of the latest Techquickie video to learn more about these 'grey' keys. Long story short; these are keys that are bought by the thousand by schools or big companies (thus heavily discounted) which key resellers on eBay, Kinguin, etc. sell to others. Microsoft says they are not allowed to do that.. They still do it.

These keys work, but don't count on Microsoft support.

 

Although keep in mind, if you want to upgrade your OS from Home to Pro; keep in mind, as far as I know, OEM keys won't work for that. You would need to reinstall Windows to be able to use that key.

For upgrading WIndows from home to pro I think you have to do it from the OS, in the Microsoft store.

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For upgrading WIndows from home to pro I think you have to do it from the OS, in the Microsoft store.

Ok, this is what I was wondering. Thank you.

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Is it from Microsoft? No.

So, no, it's not "legit".

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15 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Is it from Microsoft? No.

So, no, it's not "legit".

Technically, all keys originate from Microsoft.

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Just now, TetraSky said:

Technically, all keys originate from Microsoft.

That's like saying pirated games are fine because the code came from the developer...

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9 hours ago, dizmo said:

That's like saying pirated games are fine because the code came from the developer...

Not at all, because someone had to pay Microsoft at one point or another for that Windows key.
Be it a large company like DELL or a smaller SI. The keys were paid for, only not at the price Microsoft would've wanted from an individual in a first world country.

Just because they are being re-sold when they shouldn't be, as per their terms agreement, doesn't suddenly means it's the same as outright theft like piracy. There's a clear difference between the two.

A better comparaison would be buying a pack of batteries and then selling them individually when it says "not for individual sales" on it. 

Now it could be argued that maybe someone bought the keys with stolen credit cards or whatever, but saying all of them are fraudulent would be quite the exaggeration. 
Sellers that sells fraudulent keys usually get caught very quickly, certainly way before they'd ever reach 10k+ individual sales. (Grey market sites have seller ratings and number of sales of any given seller in prominent display right beside their name, to let buyers make an "educated" choice on who to buy from.)
Not to mention Microsoft can/will revoke them, so it's not like you as the buyer, "gained" anything if it was indeed fraudulent, unlike pirated games.

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Nothing which is worth 1/10th of full price is fully legit. Rest is about you. Does your moral stand for paying something you can't know for sure its origins (aka how seller got it and why they can afford to sell it at that price).

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