Comet rapped by Microsoft for selling dodgy Windows CDs

By Gary Johnson - Jan 4, 2012

Back in November we told you about the upcoming sale of electrical retailer Comet as its French owner looked to get rid of the loss making chain. Now there are reports that Comet has been rapped by Microsoft for selling dodgy Windows CDs.

The CDs in question allow users who purchase a new computer from the retailer to reinstall the software if needed, and according to The Telegraph this was so users didn’t have to create their own disks. Microsoft revealed in a statement that the disks in question were sold to customers who had first purchased a PC or laptop with Windows preloaded.

According to David Finn from Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft the retailer “sold thousands of the counterfeit Windows CDs”. He added that what Comet had done was “unfair to customers”, and expected more of big retailers such as Comet.

The lawsuit claims the company produced the disks at a factory based in Hampshire, and then sold them onto customers at branches across the country. Users create recovery disks so they can restore PCs if there are any problems with updates of new programmes.

Comet has yet to respond to the lawsuit from Microsoft, and the alleged offence happened at a time when less users stored their data and media online. Microsoft has said that any customers who are worried about their software can visit howtotell.com.

Many PC manufacturers have in recent years stopped providing back up disks with their PCs, and leaving users to make their own recovery disks. Did you get a recovery disk from Comet?

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