What to look for
Learn how to tell whether your Microsoft software and hardware are genuine.
To get started, select either hardware or software from the product types below, and then review specific features, including sample images where available.
Product Type
HardwareSoftware
PC purchase
Buying a new or used PC? Learn what to check for before making a purchase.
Xbox
Learn what to look for when visually inspecting Xbox hardware features such as hardware embossing, holograms, and more.
Packaged software
Learn more about features included with genuine Microsoft software, including the packaging, installation CD/DVD, product key labels, and the Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
Xbox games
View features included with genuine Xbox games, such as inner mirror band holograms and the Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
Digital downloads
Considering downloading software? Here’s how to better protect yourself to make sure you get what you expect.