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 Anti-Piracy Overview

Give your customers peace of mind by installing only genuine Microsoft software. The following information can help you identify and acquire only genuine software and know what to do if you suspect piracy. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Windows genuine software

  • Legalization licensing solutions
    Learn what to do for customers who become aware that they're running non-genuine Windows.
  • The Get Genuine Kit
    If a customer has acquired non-genuine Windows software, you can deliver a genuine Windows operating system license with the Get Genuine Kit.
  • The Keep It Real campaign
    Learn why getting only genuine Windows software is so important to your customers.
  • Genuine Windows for small businesses
    Don’t let your small-business customers fall victim to counterfeit or unlicensed software. Use the downloads on this page to help communicate the value of genuine software and risks of counterfeit software to your customers.

Software piracy

Software piracy is the illegal reproduction and distribution of software applications, whether for business or personal use.

Your business depends on your reputation for delivering reliable products and services. Illegal software copying and distribution not only hurts end users, but tarnishes the reputation of all resellers and puts illegal companies at an advantage. Use the following resources to help verify that Microsoft products are genuine:

  • Piracy Basics .pdf 143 KB
    Learn about the different categories of piracy, how to tell if your Microsoft product is genuine, and licensing dos and don’ts to ensure that your customers receive fully licensed and supported Microsoft products and services.
  • Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
    Familiarize yourself with the current COA label to make sure you are obtaining genuine OEM System Builder packs of Windows software.
  • Report piracy
    Software piracy is a crime that creates unfair market conditions and hurts honest system builders and resellers.
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Microsoft announced the filing of 16 new lawsuits in federal court in 9 states against resellers allegedly engaging in the sale of pirated software.