Donations of full versions of Microsoft's Windows operating systems are available through the Microsoft Get Genuine program.
Why Get Genuine? - Install Genuine Windows 7on your PC
Your organisation might have PCs with illegal, free, or basic operating systems - either from accepting donated machines or buying the computers at bargain-basement prices. Microsoft's Get Genuine program offers your organisation a one-time chance to get your existing computers running fully legitimate and upgradable Windows operating systems, enabling your organisation to easily upgrade through TechSoup Asia when a more recent OS version is needed or released.
To be eligible for the Get Genuine donations, the existing computers on which your organisation will install the full Windows OS software must currently have one of the following:
- Counterfeit, pirated, or otherwise illegal, unlicensed, or improperly licensed Windows operating systems
- Home Premium, Home Basic, or Starter editions of Windows 7 or Windows Vista
- Home or Starter editions of Windows XP
- Linux, FreeDOS, or other operating systems
- No operating systems
Request Get Genuine products here:
Request Carefully - Get Genuine Windows OS Products Are a One-Time Donation
Microsoft-eligible organisations can request donations of full Get Genuine Windows operating systems only once, ever, so please make sure to plan your request carefully. Since the Get Genuine products are part of the Windows Desktop Operating Systems title group, a request for this product will count against your two-year cycle allotment of 50 licenses in the Windows Desktop Operating Systems title group.
Windows Upgrade Still Available
If your existing PCs already have a qualifying base operating system in place, you can request Windows OS Upgrades donations. Since you only have one chance to request Get Genuine Windows OS products ever, you should request the standard upgrade products if you have one of the following qualified, base Operating Systems already in place on your machine:
- Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7 or Windows Vista
- XP Professional version of Windows XP
- Windows 2000 Professional
- Windows NT Workstation 4.0
- Windows 98 (2nd Edition)
- Apple Macintosh
Still Have Questions? Easily see what you can request from Microsoft
To help you manage your Microsoft donations, TechSoup has created the Microsoft Donation Centre (accessible from the Donation Request/History page under My Account), where nonprofits can get all key details in one place. Organisations can easily track what they've received so far, what remains of their software allotment, when their cycle resets, and the value of Microsoft software donations to date.
Help Us Donate More: Spread the word!
Many organisations have benefited from software donations from Microsoft, but there are many more still to reach! Help us spread the word to our fellow nonprofits. Check out this great video on the impact of Microsoft software donations and share it with your networks. You can find more on Facebook and follow via Twitter @mfstcitizenship.