|Buying a custom computer, make sure
Windows and any other software are legit.
|Compudoc, desktop computer and laptop
repair for Phoenix, Glendale and
If there is one thing that upsets me more than anything else, its seeing a
customer bring in a computer that was custom built by someone, and its full of
illegal software. We also see numerous computers in the shop that some other
"tech" has upgraded Windows, or installed Office with an illegal code. Using
pirated software is not only illegal, but it will not function correctly, leaving your
computer and data at risk for viruses or other system problems.
If your are buying a custom computer, the first thing to check on, is that the
Windows operating system on the computer is legit. You will want to get a
Windows install CD with the computer. It should be the original disk from
Microsoft, not a copied disk. Also, you should get an official Windows activation
code sticker. This should be applied to the laptop or desktop computer, but I
have seen techs simply include it with the disk. Make sure you have this disk and
For Windows XP, to find out if it is activated, simple open the start bar, select
"run", then enter oobe/msoobe /a into the run box.
For Windows Vista, 7, or 8, simply go into your control panel (set control panel to
show small icons instead of categories) then into system. Scroll to the bottom to
see your activation status.
For Microsoft Office products, you should also get an official Microsoft Office disk
and case with an activation code. We see counterfeit Office installs more than
anything else, make sure you get what you're paying for!!
For more information on Microsoft piracy go to
You should report piracy of software to the original manufacturer of the software.
Take special caution when purchasing a computer or software online or at
Craigslist. We see so many ads on Craigslist for software with prices that are
obviously piracy. If its too good to be true, it usually is!
Compudoc Computer Repair
3937 W Sahuaro Dr
Phoenix Az. 85029