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The Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program and Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program are part of Microsoft’s on-going effort to protect its customers and partners from counterfeit software and to increase customer awareness of the value of genuine Microsoft software.

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What is genuine Microsoft software?
What are the benefits of genuine Microsoft software?
Validation: How do I know if my Microsoft software is genuine?
What is the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications program?
Validation Failure: What if my Microsoft software is not genuine?
Get genuine: How can I take advantage of the Microsoft genuine Windows offer?
Get genuine: How can I take advantage of the Microsoft genuine Office offer?
What is WGA for Windows Vista?

What is genuine Microsoft software?

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What are the benefits of genuine Microsoft software?

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Validation: How do I know if my Microsoft software is genuine?

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Windows validation

Office validation

Validation tools

Information collected during validation

What is the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications program?

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Validation Failure: What if my Microsoft software is not genuine?

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Get genuine: How can I take advantage of the Microsoft genuine Windows offer?

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What is the genuine Windows offer?

Requirements and limitations of the genuine Windows offer

What’s included in the Windows Genuine Advantage Kit?

After I receive the kit, how do I convert my software to genuine Windows?

Get genuine: How can I take advantage of the Microsoft genuine Office offer?

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What is the genuine Office offer?

Details of the genuine Office Complimentary Offer

Details of the Office Genuine Advantage Kit

What is WGA for Windows Vista?

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