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# 177736 12-Aug-2015 21:35
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Hi all

Have been searching around for the best options to upgrade friends and families PC's from Vista (yep - there's still a couple running that) to Windows 10.

These devices are capable of running Windows 10.

There appear to be some good prices for Windows 7 and 8 on sites g2a and kinguin.  Of course once either of those is installed then a free upgrade to Windows 10 beckons.

Has anybody had experience with either or both of these sites?  I see kinguin has buyer protection which (apparently) protects you if the trade goes tits up.

As an aside - I've been playing around with upgrading Windows 10 on a spare machine and as a test I performed a clean install of a pre-activated copy of Windows 8.1.  Once up and running I got the prompt to download and install Windows 10, which I did, and it now appears to be genuine.  The key has changed and I'm still waiting for a "this is not genuine" message to pop up, which hasn't happened yet.

No major issue for me because all of my machines are Windows 8.1, with an older Windows 7 machine lying around as well.

Thanks.

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  # 1365143 13-Aug-2015 00:25
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Wouldn't buy if it was me.
Cheap Microsoft keys generally means MSDN keys being sold against TOS

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  # 1365160 13-Aug-2015 07:17
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I buy from Kinguin all the time, the sellers usually pickup the keys in sales and resell them etc.

They have buyer protection so I would buy a windows key from them.  Maybe not from G2A though.

Ive probably bought about 30 games from Kinguin without any issues.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1365237 13-Aug-2015 08:43
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the prices seem too low to be legit to me

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  # 1365360 13-Aug-2015 10:43
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nathan: the prices seem too low to be legit to me


Yep
Have a read through this http://www.polygon.com/2015/2/9/8006693/the-truth-behind-those-mysteriously-cheap-gray-market-game-codes 



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  # 1365854 13-Aug-2015 19:45
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Thanks fro all those replies.

Having read that link it seems that most if not all the producers of content are aware of this practice and only a couple have taken any steps to try and intervene.

If I needed a key right now I think I would have a crack through kinguin.  They seem to be pretty trustworthy compared to g2a anyway.

It's all very interesting....



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  # 1365908 13-Aug-2015 21:44
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Kinguin is reputable in my experience, I have bought dozens and spend hundreds with them, never had a single problem. I don't buy windows from them, can't imagine doing so.



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  # 1366691 14-Aug-2015 22:50
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networkn: I don't buy windows from them, can't imagine doing so.


This interests me.  Why not?  It's all just software so I don't understand the distinction.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1366700 14-Aug-2015 23:25
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tukapa1:
networkn: I don't buy windows from them, can't imagine doing so.


This interests me.  Why not?  It's all just software so I don't understand the distinction.


Possibly because Microsoft have lots of expensive lawyers with very sharp teeth?




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  # 1366846 15-Aug-2015 12:28
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I did this a month ago no issues i purchased windows 8.1 professional and then did the free upgrade to 10.  Used G2A cost me $63.27nzd. Then i got office 2013 home and business for $149.98. Ive had no issues with licensing so far so good. Id do it again if i had to. 

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  # 1366851 15-Aug-2015 12:53
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Sometimes you can score them on Amazon, though most want to sell you a Dell OEM package. I got a Win7 Key (emailed through) from Bonanza.com, $60 bucks, no hassle.

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  # 1366921 15-Aug-2015 14:35
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Just because they arrive and activate doesn't make them legal or guarantee you won't have licensing issues in the future I believe.

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  # 1366923 15-Aug-2015 14:40
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if it dosent work out in the future ill just go back to the darkside. I tried to get it cheap cos i dont like paying retail for anything. 

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  # 1368520 18-Aug-2015 11:59
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OK I have installed windows 7 typed in a key and it seemed happy, then installed 10 and it is operating fine.  But activation failed, what is the issue?
I can see options to buy a license, but I currently don't see the need, am I missing something?

I like win 10 as it keeps my home desktop and a couple of laptops on the same OS and apps, I was Linux Mint 17.2 before.

What is the catch of not activating Windows 10?




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  # 1368557 18-Aug-2015 12:44
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kotuku4: OK I have installed windows 7 typed in a key and it seemed happy, then installed 10 and it is operating fine.  But activation failed, what is the issue?
I can see options to buy a license, but I currently don't see the need, am I missing something?

I like win 10 as it keeps my home desktop and a couple of laptops on the same OS and apps, I was Linux Mint 17.2 before.

What is the catch of not activating Windows 10?


Coming in at the end of this thread I'm assuming you activated the Windows 7 install before upgrading because my understanding is that you need to upgrade from an 'Activated' Windows 7 machine.  Someone should be able to confirm / deign this. if so then that maybe why it has not worked.



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  # 1368586 18-Aug-2015 13:19
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Hi yes I can roll back the Win 10 install and recheck if Win 7 is activated properly.  And I may do that this evening.

But my question is why bother?  What If I don't active Win 10, there seems to be little benefit in activating?






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