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Cheap Win 8.1 Keys from MS partner

Discussion in 'General Software and Applications' started by Deckard, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. sunn

    sunn Master Guru

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    €16.50

    I've used G2A for games, was ok and backed with paypal, but that seems too cheap
     
  2. StewieTech

    StewieTech Chuck Norris

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    Hello sunn, is this legit for real?
     
  3. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Sheeesh that is cheap.
     
  4. Derragon

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    Folks, I am going to just say it how it is: Avoid any Microsoft Windows keys below $80. Unless it's directly from Microsoft or a company you are able to guarantee a refund from if the key is not legitimate/stolen/whatever, stay away from it. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
     

  5. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    Never brought a software key from G2A.com but I have brought many many Steam keys, Origin keys, and other game keys from there. Always had top notch service from their 24hour help desk as well.

    Those W8/8.1 keys are from marketplace users only, this is basically other people (like me or you) selling their key online (obviously it should of been tested to make sure its not already been used). But seen as its backed up by paypal and the legit service of G2A.com I would say that its a pretty sweet deal.

    Although you will have to wait in a que to talk to the one of the G2A helpdesk people in order to get your key. It is not automatically sent out to you.
     
  6. StewieTech

    StewieTech Chuck Norris

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  7. Deckard

    Deckard Master Guru

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    Ill keep you posted, Thanks for checking :thumbup:
     
  8. xankazo

    xankazo Ancient Guru

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    WOW, sounds too good to be true. But what really looks suspicious are the Office 2013 Professional Plus prices, I mean 36 bucks for a full activation key, c'mon!
     
  9. Extraordinary

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    I sent that link in a reply to my previous email with MS, and got this reply:

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    Good day! Thank you for responding.
    I have gone over the link you have provided and this is not a legitimate Microsoft online retailer. Thank you so much for sending us this link for this will help us in our further investigations. We always strive to create a positive customer experience and that starts in purchasing a genuine Microsoft products. Please advise everyone regarding this matter.
    Again, thank you for this.

    Kind regards,
    Rona
    Microsoft Customer Service
     
  10. rflair

    rflair Don Commisso Staff Member

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    Why would you do this?

    The keys may be questionable but they work.
     

  11. Extraordinary

    Extraordinary Ancient Guru

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    Because it's a scam site selling 180 day VL keys which will deactivate after 6 months

    Yes they work, but they are not genuine and will be useless after half a year

    I could activate a machine for 6 months for free, but it will deactivate after that time, whoever is selling these keys is ripping people off

    EDIT - Plus OP said he had checked them out and they were definitely genuine MS partners, if they were, there would be no harm in checking with MS
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2014
  12. GhostXL

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    Those keys could trace back to an unknown server and steal any info on your PC.

    You never know these days, they could look and act legit but really not be.

    It's happened before in the past.

    Instead of registering to a legitimate MS server, it could be a masked server somewhere in Timbucktoo.
     
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  13. rflair

    rflair Don Commisso Staff Member

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    Not possible, if the OS image is legitimate. Even a hacked image would require a separate 'activator' or a pre-activated image.

    The site links you to a true ISO image download (Digital River).

    As for being VL keys, the site says clearly 'retail' keys. It would be easy enough to confirm if the keys were VL just by buying two or more, since VL keys are identical.
     
  14. Extraordinary

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    Well they're bound to state they are Retail, people wouldn't buy them otherwise

    Either way, they only give 180 day guarantee, which is VL / KMS activation length

    And MS say they are not genuine resellers / partners, ie: illegally selling dodgy keys

    OP could check to see if the key activated his machine permanently or only for 180 days by running this command from and elevated Command Prompt

    slmgr -xpr

    If he has been activated for 180 days, it will say how many days are left before it deactivates

    If the key activated the machine permanently, it will say this:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Arabaldo

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    ^Then G2A seems legit...I tried a key for W8 standard and it says activated permanently.
     

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    Heads up, JackFrags endorses G2A. If you don't know who he is, look him up.
     
  17. xankazo

    xankazo Ancient Guru

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    Just out of curiosity, how could a VL key alone activate a Retail install?
     
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    I thought id give it a punt and running that command on my install produces the same result as pictured above.

    Dave
     

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