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Harrison

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Anyone know if this is legal?

http://www.pcactivation.co.uk/index.asp

They are selling standalone Windows 7 product keys for use with an existing copy of Windows 7 for installation on a second PC. They are also supposedly selling original boxed copies of the OS too, with the prices seeming to be lower than retail.

Anyone got an idea if this company and the service they offer is legitimate?

If it is, then this is quite a bargain to get a legal Win 7 key for so little.
 

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Hmmmm

I have taken a word from the Holy Book of Landel on this one

[quote="Holy Book of Landel: Chapter 2]
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when something is not right or seem'eth wonky...
... one should just ues'eth the word Shonky
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that site looks very shonky indeed - somthing outa a Xara Webstyle catalouge.

However, it could be that they purchased a Volume license and are now selling those on.. however - you will only ever get what you pay for....

save your cash.... go ubuntu or ICAROS
 

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" Get your seven-pound-notes here...."

That site is triggering my spidey-senses... are they poncing OEM versions?
 

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They appear (yeah right) legit but nobody knows if the key you receive is unique or part of a bulk OEM type key.

I personally would avoid places like this and would much rather own a genuine copy of said software with a genunie key.

Upon viewing the WHOIS data for the site and Google Earth'ing it, it appears the website is run from a flat (apartment) with no phone number and no other way of contacting them except via (e)mail which to me, would start ringing alarm bells even more.

Ceavet Emptor and all that!
 

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Well, it's not unusual keys are cheaper then the whole box + DVD, but THAT MUCH cheaper?
Plus the "Customer feedback" box in the upper right screams "FAKE!" :LOL:
 

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Yep avoid! Also @Zetr0 I didn't think you were allowed to resell volume licenses?

Cheers

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Thanks imnogeek for finding the additional link.

It rang fake as soon as I originally looked at their site. Not professional in the slightest. I wouldn't be surprised if they just had a keygen and were clicking the generate button on demand/payment.

I'm also interested about the resale legality of volume licenses. I also believed volume licenses were only for use within a single company as the number of "seats" with the software installed.
 

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Yep avoid! Also @Zetr0 I didn't think you were allowed to resell volume licenses?

Cheers

John

indeed, there are contractual obligations under M$ volume licensing method - there are a few legal ways around the licensing agreemeent hence you can sell on such a license (usually requires you to purchase a secondary product like a mouse or keyboard) - but for the most part these M$ volume license agreements are non-transferable... however that might not be the case in some countries like the UK.

its a bit of a mine field to be honest.


@Harrision

please stay away from this one... or atleast ask some one at Microsoft if they can validate the company for you.

The prices are nice, so even if you spend 30 mins on the phone to microsoft confimring them your still on a plus - M$ should be able to validate a company selling their products.
 
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I saw an article the other day about a legit company who were buying volume licenses for peanuts of companies which had gone bankrupt and reselling them. Sorry I can't remember where, may have been The Inquirer.

I doubt it was the above mentioned company though. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is!
 

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Buy legit licenses, either direct from Microsoft or via known good retailers (scan.co.uk etc). It's really not worth the bother to do otherwise.

Saving cash and going through a dodgy online reseller (dodgy like not having a phone number or all the other little things genuine retailers have, like customer support and a wide range of products) means you're likely paying for pirate software (or an illegal/invalid license to use the software).

If you really don't want to pay the money, you should investigate an alternative OS for your computer. Everyone shouts for Ubuntu, but there are many others available. Ubuntu, Slackware, OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, ReactOS...
 

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It's fake, it's a scam, you are not buying a genuine license to use microsoft software.

I would recommend deleting this thread so others aren't tempted to waste their money.
 

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At this point I am going to close this thread, partly because it's already served enough as a warning, but also because I don't want to get shirty (yep, spelt corerctly :LOL:) e-mails or letters from the site concerned.
 
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