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mizzer Apr 28, 2021 10:42 AM

Windows 10 Key Activation
 
So I purchased a Windows 10 key from an eBay seller. I've done this often with no issues. I tend to stay away from the bargain basement "grey market" sellers and only deal with someone who seems legit.

I received the key and a message showing a step-by-step for activation:

"Please simply copy and paste in command prompt as administrator."

slmgr.vbs -upk
slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (this is where the key was written)
slmgr /skms kms.digiboy.ir
slmgr /ato

I thought "Forget that. I'll just copy and paste the code into Windows Activation." No dice. I received the following error message:

"We can't activate Windows on this device because we can't connect to your organization's server. Make sure that you're connected to your organization's network and try again."

So here's my questions: is there a risk if I run the code as suggested? Like, will my machine be tied to an activation server?

xCLAVEx Apr 28, 2021 10:51 AM

Only one way to find out...

mizzer Apr 28, 2021 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xCLAVEx (Post 1338282593)
Only one way to find out...

Nope. I should have added I already backed out and found a key elsewhere. I'm mostly just curious at this point.

Meteor_of_War Apr 28, 2021 10:58 AM

Just a guess here but it seems like that product key might be for an Enterprise license of Windows, and your system needs to be connected to the company's network that holds the license in order to activate.

KAC Apr 28, 2021 11:07 AM

You want keys buy from a grey website not ebay. Rookie mistake.

mizzer Apr 28, 2021 11:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meteor_of_War (Post 1338282598)
Just a guess here but it seems like that product key might be for an Enterprise license of Windows, and your system needs to be connected to the company's network that holds the license in order to activate.

That's the conclusion I came to as well.

So if I had run the script, would it have opened a "back door" the seller could exploit?

mizzer Apr 28, 2021 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KAC (Post 1338282601)
You want keys buy from a grey website not ebay. Rookie mistake.

Bah, been doing it for many years without a hiccup.
Kinda like your mom.... has been making cookies to give to neighbors. :mad:

Meteor_of_War Apr 28, 2021 11:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mizzer (Post 1338282603)
That's the conclusion I came to as well.

So if I had run the script, would it have opened a "back door" the seller could exploit?

I have no clue. But I certainly would not be comfortable activating Windows in some unknown way like that. I'd only want to be doing it on the normal Windows Activation screen like you said.

Personally all my PC builds for the last decade have been Enterprise keys issued to me from my work, and I've always activated them the normal way. I sometimes see those deals on tech websites for super cheap keys, usually less than $15. Always was curious if those would work just fine, but never had the opportunity to try them.

Elysian Apr 28, 2021 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meteor_of_War (Post 1338282608)
I have no clue. But I certainly would not be comfortable activating Windows in some unknown way like that. I'd only want to be doing it on the normal Windows Activation screen like you said.

Personally all my PC builds for the last decade have been Enterprise keys issued to me from my work, and I've always activated them the normal way. I sometimes see those deals on tech websites for super cheap keys, usually less than $15. Always was curious if those would work just fine, but never had the opportunity to try them.

I've bought a few $10-15 keys that work perfectly fine. Never through ebay though.

Meteor_of_War Apr 28, 2021 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elysian (Post 1338282612)
I've bought a few $10-15 keys that work perfectly fine. Never through ebay though.

Well I might need to try for myself at some point soon for when my son builds a new PC. I think I last saw some ads for them on TechPowerUp. Hopefully I can still find them.

Sundance Kid V2 Apr 28, 2021 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mizzer (Post 1338282603)
That's the conclusion I came to as well.

So if I had run the script, would it have opened a "back door" the seller could exploit?

those are normal commands , don't think seller could exploit it.

DaJMasta Apr 28, 2021 11:40 AM

I think MS has changed the way they license the OS now, I tried a similar thing a bit ago and while not involving external servers, I had one seller just keep retrying codes that never went through. I eventually got one from someone else that worked but required phone activation (not unheard of for earlier ones), I think it was an OEM key that was resold.

In any case, there is some other kind of digital licensing system they're pushing now that doesn't actually use a key, probably to crack down on this kind of key reselling, not sure of the specifics of it, though.

Sundance Kid V2 Apr 28, 2021 11:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meteor_of_War (Post 1338282613)
Well I might need to try for myself at some point soon for when my son builds a new PC. I think I last saw some ads for them on TechPowerUp. Hopefully I can still find them.

I bought from a few places and few times, Office , Windows 10 (x4) and worked perfectly. 1/4 of the price.

I think MS wants more people to keep using Windows (hence the cheap keys). They make way more off Azure etc.

Trunks0 Apr 28, 2021 11:52 AM

Commands are fine. It's activating the key against an enterprise KMS server. This is how larger organizations/companies handle Window activation. They have a bulk number of licenses and it activates against the company server. In this case the KMS server is "kms.digiboy.ir" which if you google it, is a very well known KMS server for grey market keys.

acroig Apr 28, 2021 12:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mizzer (Post 1338282605)
Bah, been doing it for many years without a hiccup.
Kinda like your mom.... has been making cookies to give to neighbors. :mad:

No mom jokes please.

mizzer Apr 28, 2021 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acroig (Post 1338282625)
No mom jokes please.

It was a joke about no more mom jokes.:cool:

Interesting find re: key activation.

I got my key from here: https://www.keysoff.com/windows-10-p...html?kso=sks04

WCCFTECH.com recommended the site.

Seyiji Apr 28, 2021 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mizzer (Post 1338282626)
It was a joke about no more mom jokes.:cool:

Interesting find re: key activation.

I got my key from here: https://www.keysoff.com/windows-10-p...html?kso=sks04

WCCFTECH.com recommended the site.

Burn the witch!!!

KAC Apr 28, 2021 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trunks0 (Post 1338282623)
Commands are fine. It's activating the key against an enterprise KMS server. This is how larger organizations/companies handle Window activation. They have a bulk number of licenses and it activates against the company server. In this case the KMS server is "kms.digiboy.ir" which if you google it, is a very well known KMS server for grey market keys.

Yes until you find out that your personal information is being leaked regularly to a server without your knowledge and your accounts are wiped out and your wife is talking to an Indian guy giving access to bank accounts and then you end up being homeless and unhappy on the street and poop on the side walk while people go to work on their jump scooters. :bleh:

nutcrackr Apr 29, 2021 06:23 AM

Thread moved to OS forum.

I know some people that activated ebay codes and it was literally just the code, no fancy commands required. This was early last year though.

Silent-Runner Apr 29, 2021 07:42 AM

as alreay said, it's simply an enterprise key, nothing to worry about. That being said, 15 bucks keys are fine, with win10 there is also neither a need to buy a key nor a need to activate it unlike with older OS versions. I always find it funny to see shops selling win 10 for around 100 bucks...

Munkus Apr 29, 2021 09:28 AM

Just bought a W10Pro key for my Bootcamp installation through Parallels. Only paid $12 and change. Key worked fine so far, though I have heard rumblings of MS rejecting such keys even after activating Windows with them. Cross fingers.

Trunks0 May 7, 2021 06:22 PM

You don't "need" to activate Win10 in allot of cases. As it will work without the key with limitation you may not even care about. Just give it a quick google. I've known lots of people that never bothered because the limitations have no effect for them.


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