Validity of license RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have purchased a windows 8 license key from ebay but would like to verify whether its genuine one before installing it else, I would like to claim refund. How can I check whether the software license is genuine or not?

    Thank you and best regards!


    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:05 PM


All replies

  • Unfortunately, one cannot check the validity of a Windows product key unless you install the operating system and attempt to activate the license.  Since over 50% of Windows product keys sold on eBay are pirated or counterfeit (and some sellers even sell the same product key to different buyers), I would suggest you try and obtain a refund from the eBay seller immediately.

    Please review: How to know you're buying genuine Windows

    Carey Frisch

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:33 PM
  • If you only bought 'a key' it's definitely counterfeit!

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:00 AM