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I'd advise spending the extra $10 for the pro version. I love the ability to remote-desktop into a machine. You also have the ability to use bitlocker to protect sensitive documents, which I highly advise. I personally don't use bitlocker, but VeraCrypt instead. If it were more than $10 difference I'd say weigh the pros and cons, but for $10 it's well worth it.
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Does anyone know if there is an issue of buying a license today but not using or activating it for a few months... won't be building new for a bit (... If only the Ryzen 5 5600 would be available in a "few" months).
Shouldn't be a problem, it won't expire. The only thing that might expire is the link to the installation media, but you can always get the latest version from Microsoft. If you buy it early, go ahead and download the install from the link they send you. I've bought 2 of these licenses and they come from Cleverbridge, unlike the licenses you get from the "grey market" dealers.
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Shouldn't be a problem, it won't expire. The only thing that might expire is the link to the installation media, but you can always get the latest version from Microsoft. If you buy it early, go ahead and download the install from the link they send you. I've bought 2 of these licenses and they come from Cleverbridge, unlike the licenses you get from the "grey market" dealers.
Thanks @BobRetro! That is what I hoped/figured but there's no harm in asking right.

I have used the Media Creation Tool in the past to prep a USB stick which I'll probably go ahead and do again so I'm at least on the 20H2 release when all is said and done. I was hesitant since I haven't purchased an OS license from PCWorld/Cleverbridge so would really hate in a few months to find the key doesn't work.
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Lol. You know simply searching for the Win7 oem label and looking at the photos of the codes works free?
By this logic, if I already have a retail Win7 license that has been used to upgrade one PC to Win 10 Pro (and is currently in use), I could use the same code to upgrade a new PC to Win 10 Pro? This seems unlikely though.
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Thanks! Had been holding off since the last time they did this because I wasn't sure how legit it was. But if there was really some gray market issue, I'm sure MS would have come after them by now. Got 2 pro licenses and activated with no issue (previously had been watermarked versions).
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By this logic, if I already have a retail Win7 license that has been used to upgrade one PC to Win 10 Pro (and is currently in use), I could use the same code to upgrade a new PC to Win 10 Pro? This seems unlikely though.
It is likely, but not concurrently.
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This is over double what I usually pay at cdkeys or similar sites.
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This is over double what I usually pay at cdkeys or similar sites.
Those are piracy at worst, loopholes at best. That's kind of like pointing out this is $39.99 more than I would pay at my fav torrent site.
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Has the deal expired? Page says not found to me
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Quote from BobRetro :
I'd advise spending the extra $10 for the pro version. I love the ability to remote-desktop into a machine. You also have the ability to use bitlocker to protect sensitive documents, which I highly advise. I personally don't use bitlocker, but VeraCrypt instead. If it were more than $10 difference I'd say weigh the pros and cons, but for $10 it's well worth it.
I read that using Veracrypt creates problems with doing Windows Updates, so that you'd need to decrypt, update, and then reencrypt. That was one reason why I decided to just go the Bitlocker route. Have you had a different experience?
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Was going to buy. Then checked out r3views of clever bridge. 80% dissatisfied
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Those are piracy at worst, loopholes at best. That's kind of like pointing out this is $39.99 more than I would pay at my fav torrent site.
They have always worked and repped by some pretty popular deal sites. I'd really appreciate any literature you can provide.
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thx op couldn't resist!!
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They have always worked and repped by some pretty popular deal sites. I'd really appreciate any literature you can provide.
Here you go. This is obvious to anyone who has ever worked IT in a large org with a MS volume license.

https://www.howtogeek.com/392080/...they-work/

Think about it. MS sells a pro license in their store for how much? Microcenter, Newegg, Amazon, they just like to charge twice as much as your fav reseller? Why is that?
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I hopped on this deal hoping to get a valid license. It seems like a key I got can't be even activated, while I followed all instructions came with the key (i.e. clean-install, upgrade to Pro, up-to-date Windows update etc.). Trying to get a refund. I don't think these are legit.
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