Software Audit Basic Definitions – Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity
This is a potential form of proof that shows the Microsoft software you are using is properly licensed. Usually when you get software pre-installed on your computer (ex. Microsoft Office Professional or Windows 10) you will have a “certificate of authenticity” that shows you have a valid right to use the software. You can normally find this on the side of your computer tower or under the bottom side of your laptop.
NOTE however, if you are involved in a BSA software audit, this may not be deemed sufficient evidence of compliance /licensing and may not be considered. This usually pops up in Microsoft SAM license review verifications. They want to know the software you are using is properly licensed with valid product keys. In these instances, a Certificate of Authenticity may be sufficient to satisfy Microsoft.
Other forms of proof of license may include:
- Dated invoices
- Service Tag (ex. Dell service tags)
- Holographic sticker
- Store receipts (OEM purchases)
- Email confirmations of purchase
Here is a funny video discussing the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity.
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