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How to tell fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office

fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office

What are the best ways to tell fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office? Our guide lists the clues to check so you don’t get cheated by bootleg copies.

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Ways to tell fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office

Microsoft software such as Windows 10 or Windows 8 and the Microsoft Office package is the standard software for the majority of all PCs. Due to this high distribution, Microsoft products are particularly often affected by the problem of product counterfeiting.

To protect yourself against counterfeiting of Microsoft software, you should take the following measures before purchasing and during licensing, so you know the difference between fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office.

Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

The certificate of authenticity is attached to the boxes of Windows, Office and Windows Server software in the form of a sticker or label. You will find the product name on the certificate of authenticity. The certificate also has the following copy protection features:

  • Integrated security thread: A shimmering silver thread is woven into the paper (similar to a bank note) and is partially visible.
  • Tilt color : If you tilt the certificate, the color changes from green to red / magenta depending on the viewing angle
fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office
fake or genuine Microsoft Windows and Office

Microsoft certificate of authenticity with security thread and hologram color change.

Microsoft Product Key label

The product key is a label in the color white or orange. It is included in the packaging of the installation CD / DVD. The product key consists of 25 characters, which are arranged in five blocks of 5 with a hyphen.

Microsoft Product Key label

Microsoft data carrier (CD / DVD) with hologram

Windows and Office are delivered on CDs or DVDs in which a hologram is integrated. If you hold the data medium against a light source and then move it, you will see the product name and other lettering on the CD, in bright colors and with 3D effects.
The hologram is integrated in the data carrier. So it’s not a sticker that you can peel off. If this is the case, then it is a fake.