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Get Genuine Program: Full Operating System Versions Now Available

As part of the recent updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program, Microsoft made donations of full versions of its Windows operating systems available through the Microsoft Get Genuine program.

Your organization 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 organization a one-time chance to get your existing computers running fully legitimate and upgradable Windows operating systems, enabling your organization to easily upgrade through TechSoup when a more recent OS version is needed or released.

To be eligible for the Get Genuine donations, the existing computers on which your organization will install the full Windows OS software must currently have one of the following:

  • Counterfeit, pirated, or otherwise illegal, unlicensed, or improperly licensed Windows operatings  systems
  • Home Premium, Home Basic, or Starter editions of Windows 8, 7 or Windows Vista
  • Home or Starter editions of Windows XP
  • Linux, FreeDOS, or other operating systems
  • No operating systems

>> Request Get Genuine operating systems

Looking for a Windows Get Genuine Solution for a previous version (i.e Windows 8, 7 etc.)? 

You may get it by requesting donations of Windows OS Get Genuine and downgrading from the latest version of Windows to the previous version through the VLSC (software assurance is one of the benefits you get through the VLSC).

Request Carefully — Get Genuine Windows OS Products Are a One-Time Donation

Microsoft-eligible organizations 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 still request the Windows OS Upgrades donations that TechSoup Canada has always offered.  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:

  • Business, Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate editions of Windows 8, Windows 7 or 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 Canada has created the Microsoft Donation Center (accessible from the Donation Request/History page under My Account), where nonprofits can get all key details in one place. Organizations 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 organizations have benefited from software donations from Microsoft, but there are many more still to reach! Help us spread the word to our fellow nonprofits. You can find more on Facebook and follow via Twitter @mfstcitizenship.