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    MS volume licence sellers (legit ones)

    ok, this is probably a noob question but:

    I want to set up a VM with win10 and a bunch of business software that is "1 user perpetual licence". Given I have some tech upgrades on the horizon a VM will let me navigate that without the pain of reinstalls and deactivations, reactivations etc. It will also let me take it with me on the road if I need to work remotely for a while (again, have a few stints coming up that might require that). MS says it ought to be a Win10 Enterprise licence or LTSC licence. I mean a VM will work with any OS right? But if that's what it needs...

    win10E licences aren't available to the common man. You have to get volume licencing via a reseller. So who are these mythical unicorns? Where does one find legit resellers where you can log your licences on the MS portal? (As opposed to the plethora of dodgy 1-2* cheapo offerings littering the hind-end of the google shopping searches where you get a key that may or may not work, but that is all)

    I can find places that will let me buy a key, but I'd rather like to try and do it properly, insofaras I can (although MS really don't seem to make that easy to do).

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    Re: MS volume licence sellers (legit ones)

    So from here: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-gb/...g-distributors I found an example of an LTSC license: https://store.exertis.co.uk/Operatin...-NL/p/10280468
    Googling the MPN KW4-00190 comes up with https://www.lambda-tek.com/Microsoft...0~sh/B42745032 and LambdaTek are legit.

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    Re: MS volume licence sellers (legit ones)

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    ok, this is probably a noob question but:

    I want to set up a VM with win10 and a bunch of business software that is "1 user perpetual licence". Given I have some tech upgrades on the horizon a VM will let me navigate that without the pain of reinstalls and deactivations, reactivations etc. It will also let me take it with me on the road if I need to work remotely for a while (again, have a few stints coming up that might require that). MS says it ought to be a Win10 Enterprise licence or LTSC licence. I mean a VM will work with any OS right? But if that's what it needs...
    Yes from a technical stand point, any OEM, Retail, Enterprise, Education key will activate on a VM

    From a licensing point of view it is a mine field - My understanding with Windows 7 was it should have been a retail license, but here's a post saying otherwise of W10: Sadly his source has been deleted as is often the case with Microsoft these days:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-c9d5cf37241a
    EDIT!
    Here is the web archive of his source: It did indeed say that!
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161017...id=Y21DA521NxH

    As someone who installs VMs on a regular basis I've never had a problem with registering an OEM key (assuming it is not currently on another system).
    And you are permitted under this link to not be required to put in a Windows key at all if you rebuild VMs on a frequent basis. for Testing & Development purposes. So I only use a key when the OS has a specific long term purpose .
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...velopment-labs

    EDIT 2:Further reading of the Windows 10 OEM Licese permits you to use it for virtualisation
    So you do not need to go down the volume licensing route unnessecarily

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Uset...10_English.htm


    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft.com Part 2 > Section D. > Multi use scenarios.
    (iv) Use in a virtualized environment. This license allows you to install only one instance of the software for use on one device, whether that device is physical or virtual. If you want to use the software on more than one virtual device, you must obtain a separate license for each instance.

    A further link to buy legit: (PCWorld Magazine)
    https://software.pcworld.com/p43293-...0_professional
    Last edited by AGTDenton; 16-07-2021 at 12:40 AM.

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