Microsoft Office, Windows and Visio Software Alerts – Refurbished computers must be valid and legit
One thing that sometimes pops up when we are handling software audits is a company is charged with illegally using software on refurbished computers The company will claim, for example, that they purchased the rehab computer from BestBuy who may sell refurbished goods from Joy or Micro Systems computers. If the refurbishing company is part of the Microsoft MAR program, typically they would refurbish the computer (make some cosmetic changes, add RAM, change out the process, basically anything besides changing out the motherboard), and you will get a new Certificate of Authenticity (“COA”). As long as the license is validly transferred and FOLLOWED, and you have the COA that shows the computer, laptop, PC was properly refurbished by a Microsoft MAR member, in most cases that and the proof of purchase will evidence your software compliance.
Attorney Steve discusses refurbished computers and the need to ensure you are dealing with an authorized refurbisher and that the office, windows and other licenses are valid.
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