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Goodperson5656 1 month ago

I know that you can have windows without a key but are there any disadvantages to having a non-activiated copy of windows besides the "Activate Windows" watermark at the bottom right corner of the screen?

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bucketofcrud12 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

its technically illegal. according to the microsft ToS, you are only licensed to use the software if you obtain licensing through a legitimate channel. even having a key that works does not necessarily mean you are legally authorized to be using the software according to their ToS. Running windows unlicensed is both ToS-breaking and illegal in the US and in other countries. while you will almost certainly get away with doing so, neither Microsoft, nor myself, nor PCPP would endorse any such action on your part. please consider purchasing a legitimate key from Microsft, newegg, or other authorized seller.

m52nickerson 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

It's not illegal. It does break Microsoft's Terms of Service and they can disable your Windows and perhaps sue you, but you can't be arrested.

It does not change the rest of your post, as you are correct.

bucketofcrud12 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Technically, that can be true. In the US, you are civilly liable if you are unaware that what you're doing infringes upon the holder's copyrights. If however you knew (and admit to in court) what you were doing, you can be held responsible criminally according to 17 U.S.C. 506(A) AND 18 U.S.C. 2319. This is for the US of course and may be different for other countries.

m52nickerson 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

No, because 17 U.S.C. 506(A) has a financial and a distribution requirements. Meaning that unless someone was selling copies or providing copies of Windows to others they would not be breaking this law.

bucketofcrud12 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

fair enough.

vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

its technically illegal.

Its a civil issue, not a criminal issue. There is no law that says you must follow the Windows 10. They are free to sue you (although they aren't going to waste their money on a single person) but the police aren't going to arrest you or charge you with a crime.

bucketofcrud12 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Technically, that can be true. In the US, you are civilly liable if you are unaware that what you're doing infringes upon the holder's copyrights. If however you knew (and admit to in court) what you were doing, you can be held responsible criminally according to 17 U.S.C. 506(A) AND 18 U.S.C. 2319. This is for the US of course and may be different for other countries.

vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

It has nothing to do with the copy right though, it has to do with breaking the terms that you agreed upon.

Crazyfool 1 point 1 month ago

which can be always with win10. There is no free trial or anything for it, you are either valid license or not (enterprise has a trial, but who uses that for home?). Anyone technically installing it then buying the license or entering the key after are technically in violation be it 10 seconds, 10 minutes or 10 days until they enter the key for the license. Microsoft has always been really weird on their licensing language... The problem is you can write almost anything you want in the TOS whether it is legally enforceable or not. It's like if I made some software and said it is breaking the TOS without paying for it. How to pay, well when you launch the software it will have instructions on how to pay me... well you break the TOS just opening the instructions to find out how to pay. You can have stupid stuff like that which would never be enforceable.

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Well, you're username indicates that you are a good person, so I hope that you decide to buy it instead of using it illegally, like any good person would do

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DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Lack of customization abilities.

VapidDarkness 2 points 1 month ago

The only thing you can really customize is the wallpaper sadly.

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