My purchase from insight was with the knowledge and recommendation from Microsoft. It is both registered and activated.
My information was from M/Soft customer services. They asked me how I thought I qualified, I explained, they agreed.
I can't speak for Microsoft in any way at all, these are my personal opinions only.
I feel that Microsoft are well aware of the cost of their products. They would rather people purchased a product, (At a discount), from a legal source, as long as they meet the requirements, than to obtain from other, maybe dubious means. Regards. j.
The housing scheme, where I live, has a fair proportion of elderly people. Microsoft & Age concern have installed in the Common room a complete system for the local residents to have access to IT in general.
The local university are providing the initial 8 weeks training, I have been volunteered to take over after this period, to help those that have not fully grasped the basics of PC/Internet use.
They where more than happy to agree that an up-grade from 98se under the Academic licence applied to me.
Partly because of this Microsoft also gave me a full retail version of Office XP, so that I could bring myself up to speed on the use of Office.
I've contacted Microsoft on several occasions, always found them to be most polite and helpful with any questions/problems I have come across. Regards. j.