Fake Windows XP to be replaced for free

Users who fear that their Windows XP software might be counterfeit could get free legitimate replacements from Microsoft under a...

Users who fear that their Windows XP software might be counterfeit could get free legitimate replacements from Microsoft under a new scheme announced today.

The software giant launched its Windows XP Counterfeit Project, in response to growing volumes of high quality pirate versions of Windows XP on the market and security concerns around pirated software.

The project will allow businesses to replace up to five copies of fake XP, with legitimate products, subject to the scheme’s terms and conditions.

Alex Hilton, Microsoft licence compliance manager, said, "This is a great opportunity for users to confirm the authenticity of their Windows XP software, whilst helping gather vital information about illegal traders."

"Illegal software is a risk to users as it is less dependable, less secure and unsupported. I'd urge anyone who has suspicions to submit their Windows XP software for testing today," he said.

David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, supported the initiative.

"It’s important that users ensure they are legally licensed to avoid the risks of purchasing and using counterfeit products," he said.

Further details on how to use the service can be found online at: www.microsoft.com/uk/piracy/xpreplacementoffer

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