How to Purchase & Activate your Product Key?
What is a Product Key?
A product key (CD Key or Software Key as it is also known) is specific to a computer software program certifying it is an original copy of that program. It is usually an alphanumeric code used by software providers to prove the authenticity of the program and ensure it is purchased legally.
A product key is required to activate the purchased software once installed on the relevant hardware (Desktop PC, Laptop, Games Console etc.). Product keys may be purchased for a brand new install or to upgrade software you currently have installed.
How to Purchase your Product Key?
The digital products primarily offered on OfficeDiscounted.com are keys to activate permanent and authorised versions of the latest Windows Operating System and the associated Office Product Suite. When you have made your choice, buying and activating your key could not be simpler. To purchase take the following steps:
- Click the ‘Buy Now’ button which will take you to the more detailed product page of our affiliate partner SCDKey.
- The product page defaults to US Dollar pricing – change to your preferred currency (if necessary) in the top right corner of the page.
- Click the ‘Buy Now’ button and you will be prompted to sign in or sign up for an account (if you do not already have one)
- Opening an account requires a valid email address and your choice of password. You need to verify your email using a verification code sent to your submitted address
- Alternatively, you may sign in using your Facebook, Microsoft or Google account
- Confirm and submit your order before making payment
- Payment can be made in one of the following ways (although you are encouraged to use Paypal):
- Paypal Express (using your Credit Card)
- Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard) – 2% more charged as extra fee
- Mint – 13% more charged as extra fee
- Ticket Premium – 16% more charged as extra fee
- Neosurf – 20% more charged as extra fee
- Once you payment is completed, confirmation of your order will be sent to your email address along with your product key information.
- Within a matter of minutes your product key will be available in your account – www.scdkey.com/user/order (assuming you are still logged in)
Our recent order was fully completed from clicking through on ‘Buy Now’, [adding & verifying a new account, submitting and paying for the order], to having the key available for use in under 5 minutes.
How to Activate your Product Key?
On each product page you will find a link to detailed activation instructions. Each will vary slightly depending upon the product key bought. As a brief overview however, using the Windows 10 / MS Project purchase we made above, it involved the following:
For Windows 10
- Downloading and installing the latest version of Windows (the time consuming bit – but more on that in our next post)
- Changing the Product Key via the Control Panel – System settings
As you can see it is a fairly straightforward exercise. Taking the online digital route is a very simple, fast, convenient and extremely good value method of upgrading your older version software. So, if you have a few moments to bring your laptop software up to date, why not take the opportunity?