Product Key Over The Phone? RRS feed

  • Question

  • http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/sys/378647332.html
    I've been debating the legality of this with the person selling it ( 6 e-mails and counting ) and i don't know where to turn but this crags list post has me wondering if it's that easy, why doesn't everyone get a $10 cd key based off of the CD-SKU number. ( which is the same for all cd's depending on service pack. )

    Can someone shed some light on this?
    Monday, July 23, 2007 10:52 PM


All replies

  • Kissler - you can order product keys over the phone but ONLY through Microsoft. Otherwise you need to order the full boxed media through resellers/OEM's.


    I cannot comment on the legitimacy of this reseller's business, but if this reseller seems very suspicious to you, please report them to our legal team for investigation.





    Tuesday, July 24, 2007 10:06 PM
  • Kissler,


    The End User Licensing Agreement for Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade allows the Licensee to sell the License.  Paragraph 13 states:  "Transfer to Third Party. The initial user of the Software may make a one-time permanent transfer of this EULA and Software to another end user, provided the initial user retains no copies of the Software. This transfer must include all of the Software (including all component parts, the media and printed materials, any upgrades, this EULA, and, if applicable, the Certificate of Authenticity). The transfer may not be an indirect transfer, such as a consignment. Prior to the transfer, the end user receiving the Software must agree to all the EULA terms."


    If the Craigs List seller is in compliance with the above, there's nothing wrong with the sale.


    The seller's reference to getting a $10 Product Key from Microsoft is puzzling to me; Microsoft does not sell Product Keys for $10.  If the purchaser of the license gets all of the materials that are components of the license as described above, because one of the printed materials would be the Product Key label, then there would be no need to call Microsoft for a Product Key.  Upon installation in accordance with the EULA, you would have to do Product Activation, but that is normal.  It may be necessary to do a Telephonic Product Activation, but if you have all the materials as required by the EULA, that should not be a problem, either.

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:14 AM