Millions of used computers and laptops are discarded each year. Did you know there’re a variety of ways to extend their life? Pre-owned computer that’s decommissioned, refurbished, and loaded with genuine Microsoft software through commercial Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) Program provides cost effective alternative to a new PC. MAR enables eligible refurbishers that partner with Microsoft to preinstall genuine Windows and other Microsoft software on refurbished PCs. For customers, MAR benefits include proper licensed software with performance on refurbished PCs, same as of brand new PCs. Microsoft operates a program of refurbished PC test purchases to identify refurbishers and resellers who’re marketing and selling counterfeit Microsoft software. Thousands of cases of illegal activity have been uncovered by Microsoft investigations(pdf).