Windows 10 - To Activate, Or Not To Activate?

I have a couple of computers at home that run Windows 10 in an unactivated state - I never purchased a license for them. They are not illegal installations, they are just not activated. Microsoft has allowed this with Windows 10 so far, and other than a few "personalization" options, the operating system is fully functional, you can install software and can receive updates and so on.

I find myself wondering when Microsoft will clamp down on this, and effectively "break" non-activated versions of Windows 10. I am guessing they have not done it yet since Windows 10 has become a platform like Android and Mac OS - a way to tie you into those ecosystems, and monetize that relationship in other ways.

My main laptop is still running Linux, and has been pretty much non-stop for the last 5 years or so. The "back up" laptop I am using to write this came with no OS, and currently is one of the machines with a non-activated Windows 10. It *could* run Linux too, but I thought it made sense to have a spare Windows machine handy just in case.

In case of what, I don't know - just "in case"; I try not to keep all my eggs in a single basket.

Honestly, if a Windows 10 license was $25-$50, I would probably buy it - but at $100-$120 a pop, that's a bit much for an OS that has largely become an advertising platform. Those cheap OEM licenses strike me as a bit suspect, and I'd rather stick with a legal, but unactivated version than a possibly illegal version with a bargain license key.

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