Windows 10 to be free upgrade even for those with pirated copies
March 18, 2015 Leave a comment
This is probably a bit of a shocker.
At the WinHEC conference in Shenzhen, China, yesterday, Executive Vice President Terry Meyerson, who runs the Windows division, made the announcement. Here it is:
Windows 10 will be free of charge for the first year of retail release including those who upgrade from pirated copies.
Of course the announcement was made in China – king of the pirated copies of any software.
Still not explained is whether someone with a pirated copy of Windows 7 Enterprise will be able to install the Windows 10 equivalent or will be downgraded.
Also not explained is what they will do with Windows 7 Ultimate [since there wasn’t one in Windows 8.x].
Here is the deal with upgrading:
Windows 7 with SP1 and Windows 8.1 with the large 2014 update can upgrade from Windows Update [if they wish]. All operating systems [Windows 7 RTM, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 RTM, Windows 8.1 RTM, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 with the large 2014 update] can be upgraded by downloading the appropriate ISO.
Obviously Windows Vista and Windows XP upgrades are not supported.
Finally, they are still claiming that Windows 10 will be RTMed by the end of the summer. This leaves just over 6 months to finalize things.