from software developers to retail store owners, and ultimately to all software users. Furthermore, the illegal duplication
and distribution of software has a significant impact on the economy.
Always look for a Genuine Microsoft Label or a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). Both of these are labels that help you
identify genuine Microsoft software. A Genuine Microsoft Label or COA is not a software license – it is a visual identifier
that assists in determining whether or not the Microsoft software you are running is genuine. However, without either one,
you will not have a legal license to run Microsoft software. A Genuine Microsoft Label or COA should never be purchased separately
from the software it authenticates.
Microsoft is working to educate partners and consumers about the risks of getting software from suspicious sources. We are
investigating the sources of these Spam and counterfeiting operations and are doing everything in our power to stop this
kind of activity. Purchasing from known and trusted sources and avoiding "too good to be true" deals are the best
ways to avoid wasting valuable time and money on counterfeit or infringing software.
Product Activation is a simple, straightforward process. In most cases, the only information required to activate is an
Installation ID created by the software. No personally identifiable information is required.
Product Activation takes less than one minute when completed over the Internet. If activation is completed in this way,
the product will take care of most of the work and will require very little user participation.
It is important to understand the real risks associated with software piracy. By using counterfeit, unlicensed or pirated
software you are putting yourself at risk of having potential desktop licensing issues. Read the Microsoft Know the Facts
section so you can protect yourself from the risks associated with software piracy.