- 47 months ago
I'm asking this because I'm going to be buying the parts for my PC relatively soon (perhaps within the next month or two) and I'd rather not have to pay the full price for Windows 10 as I'm sure using a Windows 7 key to activate Windows 10 would be cheaper or even activating Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 10 would be cheaper. That is, assuming I can receive the parts before July 29th. And even then, I'd be fine with using Windows 7 for now and upgrading in the future if it's necessary.
However, obviously, Windows 7 is no longer being sold on the Microsoft site, only Windows 10 as far as I'm aware. I've been trying to find retail keys for Windows 7, but they're either only OEM's or keys from shady sites.
So, where can I buy a Windows 7 key?
On a side note: I've heard that you can use Windows 10 without activating it. Would that be a suitable alternative? I've heard that it eventually has watermarks popping up and messages reminding you to buy a key after 30 days or that this happens in two days. I've also heard that after the 30 day or 2 day time frame, Windows automatically restarts your computer every hour. Is any of this true? Has anyone used Windows 10 like this and can confirm or deny any of these things?