So, you have built a shiny new PC with all the latest hardware, and in doing so, you exhausted all your budget. Now you are falling short for your Windows 10 key. The robust hardware is nothing if you don’t have an operating system (OS) to run. Yes, Linux is an option, but I am guessing you didn’t build your expensive PC not to be able to play the latest games or the software you use. Linux is great, but it doesn’t support many latest games and power tools that many people use their computer for. Windows is your best bet to be able to run everything that an average gamer or a PC user use.
Downloading and installing Windows 10 is as easy as downloading the ISO file from the Microsoft website and installing on your PC. It is free; the license key is what needs to be bought. Without a license key, you won’t be able to use many features, and it will stop working over time. So, getting a license key is not cheap either. Windows 10 license key starts from $120, and it can go up to $300 per key. Fortunately, there are many ways one can acquire Windows 10 in cheap and even for free in a few instances.
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How to Get Windows 10 in Cheap
There are many ways you can get a Windows 10 Key for cheap. In this part of the article, I will share some of the popular methods to get a Windows 10 key for as little as $30 or below.
1. Buy Windows 10 With OEM License
There two types of license Windows 10 comes with. One is Retail license, while the other one is the OEM license. Whenever you visit any Windows physical store or a retail store to get a Windows 10, you get the Windows 10 with the retail license. But if you search online on online market places like Amazon, you will be able to find both retail and OEM licensed Windows. You can also see that an OEM licensed Windows 10 is $30-$40 cheaper than the retails Windows 10.
What is the difference between the OEM license and Retail license?
An OEM licensed Windows 10 has exactly the same features as Windows 10 retail. The only difference here is that with retail Windows, you can transfer the key from one PC to another. That means if in future you decide to build a new PC, you can use the old Windows 10 key to install Windows 10 on the new PC. Of course, this will make the old PC Windows 10 invalid. With OEM you can not do that.
So, if you know you are not going to build a new PC anytime soon then, in my opinion, you should get the OEM licensed Windows 10 and save up to $50 which you can use to buy a new gaming keyboard maybe or some other peripheral.
2. Get Student Discount
Students are now one of the biggest markets for Microsft and other OS/software companies. To appeal this market, Microsoft is providing discounted Windows products like Windows 10 for a few years now. As a student, you can get a discount anywhere between 50%-80% and in some instances a 100% discount for your Windows 10. This is one of the best ways one can get a discounted Windows 10 CD and even free if you are lucky.
What if I am not a student?
There are many community colleges around the world where one can enroll for any single courses like Swim, Jazz, ballet, and other similar courses. By enrolling for those classes, you will not only gain knowledge on a specific subject, but you will also get access to discounted Windows 10 keys.
3. Buy from Key Reseller
There are many online market places where sellers are selling Windows 10 Keys for few bucks. One can easily find sellers selling Windows 10 keys for as low as $50.
These sellers generally get those keys from enterprises who order in bulk and then sell the leftover keys online. These keys generally come with OEM license, which means you can not use them on more than one computer.
Due to the nature of this method, we are restraining from sharing any online marker places, but with few Google searches, you can find a few good sellers. Always make sure to read reviews before making the payment.
How to Get Windows 10 for Free
All the above-mentioned methods are good, but they are still not free. You need to pay for the Windows 10 Keys (though very cheap price). In this part, we will share a few ways one can use Windows 10 for free without paying a single dime.
1. Use Windows 7 or 8 Key
If you have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8, then you can use that key to activate Windows 10 for free. Previously you had to buy Windows OS keys when you decide to upgrade to a newer version. But with Windows 10, Microsoft is letting Windows 7 or 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
That means you can now use your Windows 7 and Windows 8 keys to activate a Windows 10. The activated Windows 10 works exactly like a store bought new Windows 10.
This is how you can download and activate Windows 10 for free without paying a single dime.
These are all the working methods to get a Windows 10 for cheap and even for free. I hope you liked this article. If you have any question, feel free to leave in the comment section below.