No. The only legal way to get one is to pay full price. The rest of them are “grey market”, meaning they were purchased in a different region with lower prices, are OEM keys, or were purchased with stolen card info so reselling them is a violation of the EULA.
Yep, old Win 7, 8, 8.1 keys work since microsoft allows them to get free upgrades to Win 10.
This is actually similar to how the Microsoft Activation Scripts work. It tells microsoft’s sever that you have an older version of windows and that you’d like to upgrade to Win 10, microsoft then generates a license for your computer’s hardware ID.
If it’s for personal use, just choose “activate later” or whatever during install. Microsoft doesn’t require you to activate it right away.
I used an un-activated copy of windows for personal use for years. 10/10 great experience if you’re on too tight of a budget to buy a key. You probably won’t miss any of the missing functionality. No need to break any laws or torrent any sketchy files.
That download link provided above (just repeated here): https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
will indeed let you make an ISO to put on a USB stick (or DVD if you’re old school!) to do an install. You do NOT need a key to complete the install and there is very little reason to get one. There are a couple of very visbile customization settings that are disabled (eg. setting your desktop wallpaper) but otherwise it is =completely= functional. There =might= be a notification telling you you need to get a key but it is pretty unintrusive. It does all security and otherwise updates.
you ran a copy of win 10 and never paid for it? I thought they had that warning message that would always come up and insisting that you type a valid key. “You have 15 days left” or something like that.
Also, i need Win 10 Professional because of the encryption