It might not seem much, but keep in mind that Microsoft fixes vulnerabilities through Windows Updates, and the Windows Firewall can act as a malware repellent.
I’ll now leave you with the words of someone who tried selling a counterfeit copy of a program: In August 2013 I purchased on e Bay a used copy of a language learning software program for 0.
Most software companies have implemented a way of checking the registration – the program might work for a while, but receive an update at some point in time which renders it unusable unless you make a purchase.
As software prices increase, many users turn to installing bootleg copies, or pirated ones.
We’ll tell you what dangers you may come upon if you’re using pirated copies. The crack might actually be a poorly disguised malware.
Understand that you should not follow these steps if you have multiple versions of Office installed on the same system.
In that case, you'll want to follow the more detailed steps outlined in this Knowledge Base article: When you start an Office application, you will then have the opportunity to enter the new product key.
Microsoft has also made it official that all those using Windows 8, will have to upgrade their laptops with Windows 8.1 operating system.