Packaged Software


Learn more about features included with genuine Microsoft software, including the packaging, installation CD/DVD/USB, product key labels, and the Certificate of Authenticity (COA). When you purchase software such as Windows, Office, or Windows Server on its own (not preinstalled on a PC), this is called packaged software. Typically, packaged software can be purchased from a retail store, an authorized reseller, or an online reseller. Here are some quick things you can look for when purchasing packaged software:

In April 2022 Microsoft has released a new authentication label which will replace the prior label in these same countries and more. For a short video that shows the features of this new label click HERE.

Microsoft Authentication Labels

Microsoft Authentication Labels

In Addition, as of May, 2020, for Southeast Asia, India and Korea Microsoft has deployed a unique authentication label on Retail product. In those countries this label can be found next to the Retail Box COA as shown in the image here:
Authentication Retail Label for Asia

AuthRetailAsiaLabel



windows 10 usb

Before April 2021:

Your Windows 10 Microsoft packaged software product is delivered with Windows on a USB device which includes vibrant color and 3D effects as the USB device is tilted. This hologram is embedded within the plastic molded component of the USB; it is not a label.

Win10 USB Hologram

April 2021 and After:

For a video that illustrates the holographic features click here:

Office 2016 Installation USB

Office 2016

In limited countries and regions worldwide, you may receive your Office 2016 backup software on a USB device that includes vibrant color and 3D effects as the USB device is tilted. This hologram is embedded within the plastic molded component of the USB; it is not a label.

Many Microsoft products on CD, DVD and USB include holographic security features to help ensure you receive authentic product and to protect against counterfeiting.