Many software resellers have found loopholes in this activation process, allowing them to sell fraudulent software at incredibly low prices. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. With the release of Office , Office downloads are no longer available at all.
Unless a reseller has copies of older retail boxes, you cannot purchase Office legally. ESD products have different part numbers than their retail counterparts. Retail software comes in small boxes containing product key cards with activation codes. While SoftwareMedia does offer the option to deliver software electronically, we do so by providing ESD SKUs for current products or opening a retail boxed product, scanning the product key card, and emailing the activation code to you so you may use the software immediately, rather than having it shipped to you.
We then keep the physical product in our secured storage facility and save the activation key in our system if you need the key for reinstall, transfer, or an audit. Simply call and have your order number handy, and our customer service team will locate your product key for you. Based on purchase information provided to us by customers who purchased from these resellers, what you are in fact being sold is:.
While these were the four main areas we found, there are more ways to circumvent the rules. You may be wondering why Microsoft allows these products to be activated. Microsoft wants customers to have the ability to reinstall products if necessary.
The problem of the Electronic Software Delivery world is that it opened the door to many illicit resellers that have found ways to circumvent the activation process and unlock full versions of the software. We hope that Microsoft will stop allowing many of these illicit product keys to work.
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Based on purchase information provided to us by customers who purchased from these resellers, what you are in fact being sold is: Licensed for student use only. In some cases, we found these products were already activated multiple times. If you were sold one of these keys and call Microsoft for tech support, after you give them your product key they will ask for your Microsoft Authorization Number, which of course you do not have as that key is assigned to another organization.
OEM products do not receive any technical support from Microsoft. Based on our findings, when the Microsoft Activation Center finds a key that has been abused, they turn the key off, rendering the key invalid. When testing these products, we found that some of the codes had been activated up to five times. Also if Microsoft chooses, like it has with Windows, to run a genuineness test on these products and finds they key code you have is invalid, you will no longer be able to use the product you purchased.
MSDN is for developers who write programs using Microsoft products, MSDN allows them to get product keys for whatever Microsoft products they need, but these licenses are for development only.
Many resellers sign up for these MSDN subscriptions to get access to these products keys, then sell the keys to unsuspecting customers. If you google a product, e. These companies do not receive product keys from retail boxes. SoftwareMedia has the actual factory key card and emails you the image. The auditors will not give you a pass for thinking you bought legitimate products. Many times, the resellers that sold the products are out of business or simply refuse to issue a refund.
Think of it like an IRS audit: Send SoftwareMedia the product key you were sold. As Microsoft Gold Partners, we have a direct communication channel with the Microsoft piracy team. They can provide us with a complete analysis of the product that you can take back to your place of purchase to demand a refund. Yes you have to pay for Software. People want the best hardware devices, then realize the software can cost much more than the device, and they start searching for the cheapest option online.
Illicit resellers know this and cater to people who just want something that will work. Every day, we receive calls from people who purchased software elsewhere and need to reinstall on a new device, only to find out that their product key is no longer valid. Get Help Contact Us. Why Buy From Us?More...