Lately, there’s been a lot of online stores selling cheap Windows 10 licenses or product keys. Some people got lucky, others wished they knew a little more about the types of keys Microsoft offers, before buying one.
What is a Windows key?
In short, its a series of numbers and alphabets combined, to form a digital license required to activate your copy of the Windows. Your Windows will run fine without it, except that it may be limited by some features, though.
How many type of Windows 10 keys are there?
This key is mostly sold to OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer) like HP, Dell, Samsung and etc. They purchase these keys from Microsoft in order to activate the machines that they sell. The fee for this is already included in the machine’s total price.
The problem with this key is, it binds to the motherboard/hardware profile. Simply means, if you change any part in the machine, the license will become invalid.
These are the keys that authorized dealers and online stores sell and the best of the bunch.
The best thing about this key is that its transferrable from one machine to another. Or if you change any hardware in your machine, it won’t bother you as the OEM key will. You also get Microsoft phone support with this one.
These keys are the assholes of the village. They are particularly sold to large organizations and education centers in bulk. They’re pretty cheap in price as well, which is why most online stores are selling them, saying it’s an OEM or Retail key.
The biggest problem with these keys is that they get invalidated once the bulk amount is reached, I guess.
How to know what type of key is it before buying?
Sorry to pop your bubble, there’s no valid way to know for sure which key you’re buying. You can only find out about this, once you enter the key and activate your system.
If you wanna check your license, just open up the command prompt and enter this command and press enter.
After you press enter, you’ll be shown a pop-up box, which will reveal your license type.
So be careful where you buy your license from and you’re welcome.