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Windows software can be expensive.  Microsoft had recently provided a free Windows 10 upgrade, but has since expired.  Windows 7 and 8.1 have also reached end of sale and soon to be end of support.  Customers can no longer buy these Windows versions or PCs with them pre-installed unless used or refurbished.

There are a still a few possibilities to find older Windows software.  Here we’ll show you how to get used and legitimate Windows software and product keys.

How Much Does Windows OS Retail Software Cost?

MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) Windows originally cost the following at a full retail price:

Windows 7

Windows 7 was released in October 2009 and retailed for $199.99 for Home Premium and $299.99 for Professional which was later reduced to $119.99 and $199.99, respectively for the upgrade edition.

Windows 8

Windows 8 was released in October 2012. The full retail version was priced the same as the upgrade. Standard editions of Windows 8.1 were $119.99.  For the Pro edition, the price was $199.99.

Windows 8  was not as popular as its predecessor nor reached the same market share as Windows XP and Windows 7.

Windows 10

Through July 2015 and August 2016, you could get Windows 10 for free if upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1.  Windows 10 gained significant market share from this move.

Post promotion, you must now purchase a Windows 10 product key.  Microsoft has slightly increased the price tag of Windows 10 Home to $130, and Windows Professional for $199.99.

How to Get Windows 10 for Cheap or Free in 2019

Get a Discount From Microsoft

If you are a student or faculty member in the US, Microsoft will give you a 10% discount on Windows 10. Your school must be listed in Microsoft’s database or you need to call Microsoft to verify your eligibility.

Get Windows 10 Free Through Microsoft Imagine

Microsoft Imagine Premium, formerly known as DreamSpark Premium, is a subscription service. It allows schools to provide Microsoft’s software to students and faculty for free.

You can sign up on Microsoft’s website to get instant access to a variety of Microsoft products. As with the student edition of Windows 10, you’ll have to verify your student identity. Search the site for your school’s WebStore to see whether you can get additional Microsoft products for free through your school, such as Windows 10.

Download Windows 10 From a Genuine Windows 7/8/8.1 PC

To upgrade to Windows 10 for free (until Microsoft removes this loophole), you can use a PC with a genuinely licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to download Windows 10.

Run the Windows 10 Media Creation tool and you can create installation media for another PC or select upgrade this PC now.

Negotiate Volume Licensing

Microsoft offers different pricing to large organizations from consumers. It uses “volume licensing” which involves bulk distribution of Enterprise software keys for a set price.  You can buy copies under a volume license deal for organizations in packs of 5 computers or more.  This licensing can be obtained from a Microsoft software distributor.  The Microsoft License Advisor tool can help you determine your licensing needs.

 

Download Windows Enterprise Evaluation

Microsoft offers free evaluation copies of Windows Enterprise for businesses seeking to switch to Windows or upgrade older machines.  This is a short term solution that can be used for testing.  Currently, evaluation licenses are available for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Each license is only valid for 90 days. When the evaluation period expires, your computer will begin to shut down automatically every hour.

Find Discount Deals

The prices listed in the above article are Microsoft retail prices, however, all Windows versions can be found for less from other retailers.  Amazon.com and Newegg.com frequently sell the full edition of Windows 10 for around $100, but you can find copies much lower on eBay.

Buy Used Keys or Computers

You can find deals on used keys on Craigslist or eBay, but proceed with caution. Many low priced keys are from volume licensing deals and re-sold illegally. People with access to these free or low-cost sources for Windows keys illegally sell them for profit which is against Microsoft’s license agreement. Microsoft does not aggressively patrol its licenses, but buying a key from an illegal reseller means you run the risk of having your Windows installation deactivated without notice in the future.

Save Up to 50% or more When Buying Used Software

Unlike almost all other products, software does not wear out. Buyers of used software get exactly the same product as first-time buyers – only on significantly more favorable terms. So why should you spend a lot of money on something that you can get at a much lower price from aasoftware.eu? Sites like this can offer you all common standard software from Microsoft and others at up to 50 % below the new price at all times. Our business model is based on this cycle. They buy licenses from companies, which are no longer needed following restructuring, mergers and closures of companies, and sensibly use these “redundant” assets. Purchasing second hand software from is as easy and safe as obtaining it from Microsoft itself.

What does the law say about reselling used licenses?

One of the most important judgments concerning the sale of used licenses was rendered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in 2012.

The CJEU judgment in Case C-128/11 UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp. says that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet. The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence is exhausted on its first sale.”

This means that the sale of ‘used’ and redundant software licences is legal. This judgement created a safe, legal framework for the whole European Union ensuring a fair and healthy competition on the European market.

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