For a variety of reasons, I may have to reinstall my OS one of these days, and it’s gotten me to consider replacing my Windows 7 with Windows 10. Before that, I’d really like to ask some newbie questions, please…
First, a confession: I never paid for a Windows licence in my life (excluding the occasional OS shipped with a new machine, but those don’t count, right?), I’ve been pirating it since the old days of Windows 98.
However, I would like to “go legit” at long last, and use a genuine OS.
Why, you may ask? Simply because it would be one less “only slightly worrying thing” sitting in the corner of my mind, not having to ask myself if a new Windows Update would break the loader ( <3 mydigitallife.info forums), not having to trust blindly a pirating third-party software. I mean, it’s only a minuscule thing to worry about, of course, but life is complicated enough already so, in the long term, the less useless things I have sitting in a corner of my mind, the better. Oh, and now there are other reasons (for security, just in case.)
And it leads me to the questions I’m asking now:
1 – In that case, is it the only solution to go and buy Windows from an online store, be it CD/USB/Key number?
2 – Or is it possible to download from Microsoft an official .iso and use a licence key/number provided by someone that’s not a commercial vendor?
3 – Are there options in which you can be worry-free (no need to renew, rebuy, recertify, rewhatever) even after you replace your motherboard and/or system disk?
(Putting it into a context, the last time I knew for sure how things worked, it was with Windows 98, so I only got obsolete info here ^^ I googled around of course, but the replies were beyond confusing, conflicting answers, responses contradicting each other…)
Lastly, and here I’m getting my hopes high, unless it doesn’t work like that anymore (honestly, no idea!), are there still people with unused keys they don’t need who could gift one to a friendly hentai webmaster? Or maybe now it’s not possible anymore to gift them, or they’ve stopped being a commodity every sysadmin had plenty to liberally give around?
Sorry to ask it here, thanks if you guys can help me getting this mess less confusing