Refurbishing Computers - Software Sources

Program Operations

Refurbishing Computers: Software Sources


Software developers determine the manner in which licensed software may be reused. The following sites offer information about the most commonly used operating systems for desktop and laptop personal computers. Misuse of software is a crime that can result in significant fines. Refurbishers should establish practices that comply with licensing restrictions.


Tech Soup

Tech Soup provides a central site for nonprofit and community service organizations to download Microsoft-certified software, free or at minimal cost.

Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program

This program is of great help to computer reuse programs. Tech Soup is the exclusive provider of licenses to nonprofits through the MAR program. For more information, see

Open Office

Open Office is open-code (that is, nonproprietary) software made available to the general public. It is an alternative to Microsoft Office and other word-processing programs.

Open Office Download Central: Download Central provides a central site for downloading the Open Office program as well as a variety of other open-code, free, or minimal cost software.

IBM Ability and Accessibility Center

This center is designed to provide end users with software to increase ease of use of IBM systems.

Apple Macintosh

Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X operating systems can be reloaded for use on the original computer. See the site below for the specific terms of licenses for Apple products.



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Title: Refurbishing Computers - Software Sources
Module: Program Operations
Author: Trish Redmon
Audience: Implementer
Sub Title: Licensing and legal restrictions on software reuse
Organization Source: Pass It On Center
Last Reviewed: 10-25-2009 5:46 PM