Non-genuine software is a cybersecurity risk

Software piracy is a widespread global problem. Cybercriminals are exploiting non-genuine
software to spread malware, and users are exposing themselves to multiple security risks.​

The reach and risk of counterfeit goods

Easy Mistakes

39% of inadvertent purchases of counterfeit goods were bought through legitimate online third-party marketplaces.

Pervasive Supply

Half a trillion US dollars’ worth of imports across the world are counterfeit products.

Increased Malware

20% more malware was found on machines when users doubled their time on piracy sites.

The confidence to move forward

Microsoft genuine software provides the security, updates, and support you need. Get the best experience, build trust, and avoid risk—buy Microsoft genuine software.

Risks of non-genuine software

Think twice before your next purchase.

Non-genuine software may come with viruses and would lack the security measures needed to detect them.
You may be opening your home or business to serious threats from hackers and malware without knowing it.​

Malware

Malware can contain ransomware, which may block access to data or user accounts unless a ransom is paid.

Reputation and material damage

Hackers can destroy your business data and other valuable information. These security breaches may harm your image and erode customer trust.

  • Identity theft

Your personal and financial data may be compromised, which may result in financial damage. It could even be used for criminal activities.

  • Stolen credit card or bank details

Hackers can clone your credit card and access your bank accounts, resulting in financial loss for you or your business.

  • Business disruption

A data breach can bring your entire business operation to a halt and harm your website, CRM, and accounting systems.

  • Data loss

You could lose important personal files and business data, like customer and accounting information.

How do I know I’m using genuine software?

Make sure it’s licensed.

Before purchasing a new PC, make sure genuine Windows is pre-installed on the device.

All Windows PCs must have a license, which allows you to upgrade your version through volume licensing.

Volume licensing agreements only cover Windows software upgrades. Only PCs are bundled with a full base license (OEM/GGWA/FPP/ESD).

Consumer versions of Windows are NOT eligible for volume licensing upgrades to Windows Professional.

Get Genuine Windows Agreement (GGWA) is the legalization solution for corporate users who want to legitimize Windows Professional licenses on existing devices. For all new devices, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) base licenses are required.