The best and most cost-effective way for customers to acquire Windows software is preinstalled on a new PC. However, more customers are becoming aware that they are running non-genuine Windows on their PCs and are in need of legalization due to the counterfeit or unlicensed software.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Consider the following scenarios when evaluating whether your customer might be at risk.

Did your customer:

1.Purchase PCs without an operating system (OS) preinstalled and then use a Volume Licensing agreement to install Windows?

2.Purchase PCs with Windows XP Home installed as the base OS and then use a commercial Volume Licensing agreement to upgrade to Windows XP Professional?

3.Attempt to save costs by performing in-place motherboard upgrades without acquiring new Windows licenses for those PCs?

4.Download software online or from unknown sources?

If your customers are running non-genuine Windows on their PCs, they’re at risk. To learn how your clients can acquire valid Windows software licenses please visit