[SOLVED] Shall I buy a cheap Windows 10 license (provided by Kinguin, SCDKey etc.) OR leave my Windows 10 non-activated?

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I am installing Windows 10 on a new laptop and am wondering if I shall buy a cheap license for it. Currently, I can't afford to buy a high-priced license from Microsoft. I wanted to give resellers like Kinguin, SCDKey, eBay a shot but I am confused due to mixed reviews. I can't decide if I should leave my newly installed Windows non-activated or go for a cheap license.

Some things to consider:

1. I don't bother about personalizing Windows or the activation watermark.

2. I have a paid subscription for ESET Internet Security (including Ransomware Protection), so security on a non-activated Windows won't be an issue, right?
 
1. I don't bother about personalizing Windows or the activation watermark.
If that doesnt bother you, why pay anything. Just run unactivated.
I wanted to give resellers like Kinguin, SCDKey, eBay a shot but I am confused due to mixed reviews.
That's a can of worms. You can have a good or bad experience, but I would just run unactivated if it doesnt bother you.
2. I have a paid subscription for ESET Internet Security (including Ransomware Protection), so security on a non-activated Windows won't be an issue, right?
Shouldn't be.
 
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1. I don't bother about personalizing Windows or the activation watermark.
If that doesnt bother you, why pay anything. Just run unactivated.
I wanted to give resellers like Kinguin, SCDKey, eBay a shot but I am confused due to mixed reviews.
That's a can of worms. You can have a good or bad experience, but I would just run unactivated if it doesnt bother you.
2. I have a paid subscription for ESET Internet Security (including Ransomware Protection), so security on a non-activated Windows won't be an issue, right?
Shouldn't be.
 
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Leave it Unactivated, until such time you want to pay for a valid license.

I have a long running test of an Unactivated WIn 10 Pro, just to see what happens.
Installed in a VM on Dec 8, 2016, still running just fine.


Don't encourage and support the criminals.
 
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First, let me state that I agree... run un-activated until you can afford the valid license.

But let me play devil's advocate for a moment...
What is the legal difference whether you run W10 free (unactivated) or you buy a piece of a volume license for $8 - $30 and run it activated?
 
But let me play devil's advocate for a moment...
What is the legal difference whether you run W10 free (unactivated) or you buy a piece of a volume license for $8 - $30 and run it activated?
Fair point, and I will also mention, it is a possibility that the cheap key is legitimate and legal, whereas unactivated is always a breach of contract.

Microsoft has done nothing about unactivated windows users but has unactivated installs with blacklisted keys, but this is rare from what I have seen personally.

Reminds me of WinRAR which few people activate since you can use the program past the free past trial, and the devs haven't changed this.
 

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First, let me state that I agree... run un-activated until you can afford the valid license.

But let me play devil's advocate for a moment...
What is the legal difference whether you run W10 free (unactivated) or you buy a piece of a volume license for $8 - $30 and run it activated?
Supporting the criminals with the cheap one.

One of my laptops recently suffered deactivation from a volume license key installation.
Purchased a refurb laptop in Feb 2019, Newegg reseller.
Came with an unexpected Win 10 Pro. But it was Activated, so I went with it.
Exactly 6 months later, Unactivated.
The refurb company that sold it to me knows exactly what they installed, but would not fess up.
Eventually I contacted Asus (manufacturer), and they sent me the original license key that it cae with.
For WIn 10 Home.
Which obviously would not work to activate a Win 10 Pro install.

Result? Irate customer.
 

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Supporting the criminals with the cheap one.

One of my laptops recently suffered deactivation from a volume license key installation.
Purchased a refurb laptop in Feb 2019, Newegg reseller.
Came with an unexpected Win 10 Pro. But it was Activated, so I went with it.
Exactly 6 months later, Unactivated.
The refurb company that sold it to me knows exactly what they installed, but would not fess up.
Eventually I contacted Asus (manufacturer), and they sent me the original license key that it cae with.
For WIn 10 Home.
Which obviously would not work to activate a Win 10 Pro install.

Result? Irate customer.
Yeah, it was probably a key they sold more than once. The next user to use it deactivated your copy.
 

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Yeah, it was probably a key they sold more than once. The next user to use it deactivated your copy.
"Exactly 6 months" indicates a volume license, that could not communicate with its corporate license server.
Either way....the customer, me, was left with an Unactivated license, for a system he purchased in good faith.

Of course, that Unactivation happened 2 days before a major vacation. Needless to say, I was not (is not) a happy camper.
 

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