Such A Deal: Brits Can Reap Real Windows XP On Counterfeit Trade-ins

Microsoft said the deal, announced Wednesday and open only to residents of Britain, would help it fight the proliferation of "high-quality counterfeit versions" of its software.

The company said users unsure of the legitimacy of their Windows XP software could submit it to Microsoft for analysis, along with sales receipts and other documentation. Software found to be counterfeit will be replaced.

Microsoft said the project would help it build up intelligence on counterfeiting and "work with the authorities to act decisively against illegal traders."

The offer is open until Dec. 31 and applies to pre-installed versions of Windows XP bought before Nov. 1. It is limited to five submissions per person.

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A Microsoft spokeswoman said no decision had been made on whether to extend the exchange scheme to the United States or other countries.

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