Windows 10: Does Microsoft maintain a list of authorized retailers for Windows 10 keys?

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  1. StumpyMG Win User

    Does Microsoft maintain a list of authorized retailers for Windows 10 keys?


    I see many websites that offer really cheap keys. I believe all of these to be grey markets and likely to have the keys revoked or suspended at some later date. The other day I came across a reputable site which added a software store carrying various products. I was not surprised to see McAfee and others with their typical almost free purchase price and later subscription software. Within these listing was Windows 10 Pro single license retail for a very low price. I have heard of sites adding 3rd party stores disguised within their own domains to increase cash flow. I want to know if this is a valid source. Of course this deal sounds too good to be true, but maybe the site is trying to get the word out and increase their traffic by selling discount keys. I found a Microsoft website that lists authorized resellers for their hardware, but my google and bing skills failed to produce a similar list for software retailers. Does MS maintain a list that consumers can reference to know they are purchasing legit Windows keys?

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  3. rtwjunkie Win User
    my windows 10 oem didn't come with a product key

    Dude, go to Newegg right now and read the questions and answers tab on Windows 10 OEM. The OEM copies that are listed there DO in fact, come on an optical disc. The flash drive ONLY comes on Retail copies.
     
  4. Does Microsoft maintain a list of authorized retailers for Windows 10 keys?

    Microsoft Botches Up UEFI Support for Windows 7 on ASUS Motherboards

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    Microsoft suggests updating to Windows 10 to patch Windows 7
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    MICROSOFT HAS confirmed a potentially lappy-borking problem that it won't be fixing, because Windows 7.

    Woody Leonhard, the respected Windows columnist, points to a problem involving Asus motherboards, which also appear rebadged in a variety of other manufacturers' machines, and the activation of UEFI Secure Boot for Windows 7 in a patch KB3133977.

    Short version: install update, welcome to Borksville, population you.

    Both Asus and Microsoft acknowledged the problem. Microsoft entitled the article "BitLocker can't encrypt drives because of service crashes in svchost.exe process in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2", but we prefer to just call it "Trevor for brevity."

    The firm's advice was that it's an optional update, leave well alone, you'll be fine, or alternatively turn secure boot off.

    Then Microsoft did a silly, silly thing.

    It moved the update from 'optional' to 'recommended' and anyone who reads this site regularly will know what happens when Microsoft does this. That's right boys and girls - it makes it automatically install, unless you've specifically told your machine not to.

    So now, if you have one of the affected motherboard and you keep your security updates automatic like wot Microsoft recommends, then your machine will stop working properly.

    We should add it's not permanently bricked, but it will take some mucking about in the BIOS to fix and that's a pain even for an experienced computer user.

    Microsoft has, by offering a workaround, suggested heavily that it won't be fixing the problem, though we have asked the question, so expect a response in about a fortnight.

    But the real kicker is this piece of advice: "Note The Secure Boot feature is supported in Windows 10. To learn more about the security advantages of this feature and about the upgrade path from Windows 7 to Windows 10, go to the following Windows website"

    Holy toledo, this company really knows how to rub people up the wrong way.

    After all - if the advice is to manually avoid the update or move to a version of the operating system where there's virtually no control over updates, then Microsoft is dealing in massive contradictions.

    A more cynical site would suggest that it's yet another example of Microsoft running Windows 7 into the ground and adding built in obsolescence to encourage quicker updates. But we're not that sort of site.

    Its the patching to force secure boot that is the problem win 7 does not support secure boot
    hence it borks systems and well microsofts answer is Cactus >your Asshole > insert

    from the inquirer
     
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