How can I tell I am buying a refurbished PC from a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher?
Every refurbished PC from a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher has a specially designed Windows Certificate of Authenticity label affixed to it with the statement “For use on a Refurbished PC – No Commercial Value – For Authentication Only.” It also includes the brand name of the refurbisher who refurbished it and installed Windows on the computer. The Certificate of Authenticity label is proof that the computer is properly licensed.
Please note, that while the Certificate of Authenticity is required to be affixed to a properly licensed refurbished PC after refurbishment and loading of new Windows software, there is no longer a requirement that the PC must have a second Certificate of Authenticity from when Windows was originally installed on the PC.
Why do some refurbished PCs have two Certificates of Authenticity?
If the refurbished PC has a second Certificate of Authenticity, this is from the original Windows software that was installed on the PC. For more on licensing Windows on refurbished PCs, refer to this guide.
Is recovery media supplied with a refurbished PC from a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher?
As of January 1, 2014, Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers are no longer including recovery media supplied on DVDs with refurbished PC purchases. Customers who buy a refurbished PC will have another option to access a recovery image in the event that they need it. The most popular method is to access the recovery image that is available on the hard drive of the computer. Or the customer may be prompted to create their own recovery media. You can learn more about making your own system backup here.
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