About Genuine Windows

Applies to: Windows 7Windows 8.1

Genuine Windows is published by Microsoft, properly licensed, and supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. Only customers with genuine Windows have access to all optional updates and downloads available from Microsoft, which are designed to help you get the most from your PC.

For info on how to activate Windows, see Activate Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Here are answers to some common questions about genuine Windows.