Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers Provide Professionally Refurbished PCs and Server Solutions
Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers have years of experience professionally refurbishing computers and servers using data security and environmental and sustainability best practices and compliance methods.
Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers provide a complete PC solution at a great value for businesses or homes. A professionally refurbished PC with Windows and windows Live helps provide more reliability and responsiveness.
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.
The best way to avoid becoming a victim of software piracy when buying or selling a refurbished PC is to understand some basic facts:
It is a refurbisher’s responsibility to ensure a PC is professionally refurbished and properly licensed with genuine software before it is sold to a new customer.
A refurbisher or retailer could be subject to liability for copyright infringement if a PC is sold with an improperly licensed copy of Windows.
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