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Windows Purchase Restrictions

Knightinbrightarmor

21 months ago

Just saw a staff member censor a user's description of where he bought a copy of windows. He didn't name the site he said was against policy so I'm curious as to what sites we aren't allowed to recommend or mention. I've done some minor searching on the site for answers but didn't come up with anything. Figured here would be the place to ask.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Recommending buying a windows license from any secondhand retailer is against site policy (no key resellers), as it violates Microsoft TOS and is illegal as piracy on most sites.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting. Good to know. Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Some basic guidelines re: vendors that sell Windows license keys are:

  • If it's listed here on PCPP, it's legit.

  • If it's a big box office supply/department store that has brick-and-mortar stores as well as an online presence, it's legit.

  • If it's directly from Microsoft, it's obviously legit.

  • If it's listed on eBay, Alibaba, Craigslist, etc., it's probably sketchy. If the price is WAY below normal (which currently is about USD 120), it's guaranteed to be a scam.

  • If you do come across such an "amazing deal", do not buy it and keep it off of PCPP.

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