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  • I am considering purchasing the windows 7 - full, standalone licence.  I typed in google "Buy windows 7" and I clicked on the top links (paid).  The prices there are rather low as opposed to what I was expecing and I was wondering if those sites are legitimate?

     

    Here are the sites:

    http://www.windowsmart.net/

    http://www.pcactivation.co.uk/

     

    I would appreciate your opinions and suggestions.

     

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010 4:56 PM

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  • I am considering purchasing the windows 7 - full, standalone licence.  I typed in google "Buy windows 7" and I clicked on the top links (paid).  The prices there are rather low as opposed to what I was expecing and I was wondering if those sites are legitimate?

     

    Here are the sites:

    http://www.windowsmart.net/

    http://www.pcactivation.co.uk/

     

    I would appreciate your opinions and suggestions.

     


    Absolutely bogus.  You can't just buy Windows keys, you must purchase the full product and get the disks and an actual activation key on a COA sticker (minor exceptions like Microsoft Store, but these sites are just selling pirated products.)  Amazon.com pretty good pricing between $30 & $50 less than MSRP from Microsoft (but don't buy in marketplace), Microsoft Store and other major online sellers have legitimate products.  If the products are not near these prices for the full edition then they are probably pirated - Home Premium $200, Pro $300, Ultimate $320.
     
     
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:51 PM
  • There are no legitimate sites to purchase a product key or digital delivery of Windows other than the MS store, MS uses digital river to distribute electronicly.

    Please review the following thread.

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/genuinewindows7/thread/06698c46-8668-4ccd-a544-a88969265a6b

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:11 AM
  • I am considering purchasing the windows 7 - full, standalone licence.  I typed in google "Buy windows 7" and I clicked on the top links (paid).  The prices there are rather low as opposed to what I was expecing and I was wondering if those sites are legitimate?

     

    Here are the sites:

    http://www.windowsmart.net/

    http://www.pcactivation.co.uk/

     

    I would appreciate your opinions and suggestions.

     


          Yes, non-genuine copies of Windows 7 are priced low at the web sites you noted...they are bogus and worthless!  Only purchase Microsoft software from a trusted, reliable, and proven source, such as the Microsoft Store.
    Carey Frisch
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:49 AM
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  • I am considering purchasing the windows 7 - full, standalone licence.  I typed in google "Buy windows 7" and I clicked on the top links (paid).  The prices there are rather low as opposed to what I was expecing and I was wondering if those sites are legitimate?

     

    Here are the sites:

    http://www.windowsmart.net/

    http://www.pcactivation.co.uk/

     

    I would appreciate your opinions and suggestions.

     


    Absolutely bogus.  You can't just buy Windows keys, you must purchase the full product and get the disks and an actual activation key on a COA sticker (minor exceptions like Microsoft Store, but these sites are just selling pirated products.)  Amazon.com pretty good pricing between $30 & $50 less than MSRP from Microsoft (but don't buy in marketplace), Microsoft Store and other major online sellers have legitimate products.  If the products are not near these prices for the full edition then they are probably pirated - Home Premium $200, Pro $300, Ultimate $320.
     
     
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:51 PM
  • There are no legitimate sites to purchase a product key or digital delivery of Windows other than the MS store, MS uses digital river to distribute electronicly.

    Please review the following thread.

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/genuinewindows7/thread/06698c46-8668-4ccd-a544-a88969265a6b

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:11 AM
  • I am considering purchasing the windows 7 - full, standalone licence.  I typed in google "Buy windows 7" and I clicked on the top links (paid).  The prices there are rather low as opposed to what I was expecing and I was wondering if those sites are legitimate?

     

    Here are the sites:

    http://www.windowsmart.net/

    http://www.pcactivation.co.uk/

     

    I would appreciate your opinions and suggestions.

     


          Yes, non-genuine copies of Windows 7 are priced low at the web sites you noted...they are bogus and worthless!  Only purchase Microsoft software from a trusted, reliable, and proven source, such as the Microsoft Store.
    Carey Frisch
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:49 AM
    Moderator
  • There are no legitimate sites to purchase a product key or digital delivery of Windows other than the MS store, MS uses digital river to distribute electronicly.

    Please review the following thread.

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/genuinewindows7/thread/06698c46-8668-4ccd-a544-a88969265a6b


    Actually, Dell or HP (I forget which one...possibly both, by now) also has Digital Distribution rights for Windows (and possibly Office) products.

    Darin MS
    Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:08 PM
  • There are no legitimate sites to purchase a product key or digital delivery of Windows other than the MS store, MS uses digital river to distribute electronicly.

    Please review the following thread.

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/g enuinewindows7/thread/06698c46-8668-4ccd-a544-a88969265a6b

    </BLOCK QUOTE>
    Actually, Dell or HP (I forget which one...possibly both, by now) also has Digital Distribution rights for Windows (and possibly Office) products.

    Darin MS

    Darin, just checked Dell's site and they do have downloads for Windows (only went as far as the anytime upgrades) and also Office.  Of course they also sell the disk versions of all of it too.
    Friday, October 15, 2010 3:52 AM
  • http://hp.digitalriver.com

     

    It still goes through digital river, but has the HP branding on the site.

     

    These other sites most likely have legitimate keys, but they were obtained against MS's terms. I have seen lots of folks who have somehow gotten MSDN accounts and are just generating keys from their account and selling them.

    • Proposed as answer by L3O Friday, November 5, 2010 4:00 AM
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:10 AM
  • I'm not sure what this "bogus" "non-genuine" and "worthless" talk is about.

    I just bough a Windows 7 Ultimate Activation Key for $32 from http://www.windowsmart.net/ -  sent to my email in 2 minutes.

    The keys are issued directly from Microsoft after payment.

    Most people who purchase additional product keys do so to install and activate the software on a second or third PC in the home.

    Sites like this purchase volume keys and pass the savings along to the customers.

    In a retail store, you are purchasing a copy of the software and packaging that you may already own.

    Try research over intution in future... oh wait, and it saved me £150.

    • Proposed as answer by L3O Friday, November 5, 2010 4:22 AM
    Friday, November 5, 2010 4:22 AM
  • Sights like that purchase MSDN keys then sell them to people like you, over and over again, until the mass ammount of activations on a single key cause it to be blacklisted.

    There IS NO volume retial program that allows a $300 dollar program to be sold for 30 bucks, pounds or euros. Sorry, but if you true to your word and purchased that key you can bet that it will be blocked.

    Press pause and the win key at the same time to bring up system properties, scroll to the bottom and look at your PID, the three digit section is most likely one of the following -065-, -066-, -067- or -068-.

     I can assure you these keys are not "direct from Microsoft after purchase"

     

    Edit: I just checked out that site, the phrase if it is too good to be true comes to mind.

    Friday, November 5, 2010 12:55 PM
  • http://hp.digitalriver.com

     

    It still goes through digital river, but has the HP branding on the site.

     

    These other sites most likely have legitimate keys, but they were obtained against MS's terms. I have seen lots of folks who have somehow gotten MSDN accounts and are just generating keys from their account and selling the

    You just described the problem. Read the blocked keys sticky if you haven't already.
    Friday, November 5, 2010 1:08 PM
  • Yep it's got 068 and is an MSDN key :(

    I just cancelled my standing direct debit, and there's a 180-day money-back guarantee, so how do they make their money?

    "Microsofts system until such time as buyer purchases key" - that seems a lie now knowing its by MSDN, because if "the key has never been issued to anyone else, nor has it been previously activated," then one would have to make an MSDN account in the 2 minutes I bought it and it got sent, and MSDN accounts do cost a lot of money too which wouldn't be cost effective.

    Why aren't sites like this investigated if they're illegal and lie?

    I've contacted the store owner Simon Soloman @ keykingdom@hotmail.com , should get a reply within 8 hours.

    Friday, November 5, 2010 7:23 PM
  • Got a nice reply.

    "I understand your concern, but we actually have tons of MSDN resources and because we are handling hundreds of orders everyday, the keys are fresh.
     
    And we are having many old customers since the keys never expired. Any time any questions you can find us, just want you understand that you can use it same as box software license.
     
    If anyway you don't want this chance, I can return your money."

    No harm done in trying :)

    Saturday, November 6, 2010 1:41 AM
  • Got a nice reply.

    "I understand your concern, but we actually have tons of MSDN resources and because we are handling hundreds of orders everyday, the keys are fresh.
     
    And we are having many old customers since the keys never expired. Any time any questions you can find us, just want you understand that you can use it same as box software license.
     
    If anyway you don't want this chance, I can return your money."

    No harm done in trying :)


    Even if the guy is telling the truth in this response, the key is still not a legal purchase - because the terms of the MSDN license prohibit sale outside of the MSDN subscription with which it came. Get the refund now - and put it towards the purchase of a legal OS.

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Sunday, November 7, 2010 10:32 AM
    Moderator