Windows 10 won’t be really free for those with pirated copies of older Windows versions
March 24, 2015 Leave a comment
I had reported [like alone others] that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for the first year – even pirated copies. Looks like it isn’t quite true.
As it turns out Windows 10 upgraded from a pirated copy will still make it non-genuine. In a statement clarifying the rule, Microsoft said that: “With Windows 10, although non-genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade.”
This will add to more confusion still. With the last few versions of Windows Microsoft has shown you whether nor not your copy is legally licensed. For example, in Windows 7 you had a black background and some warning messages.
So many who have used illegal copies of Windows never bothered to install any updates fearing that an update could botch up their system [even if the update didn’t advertise it could do so].
With this caveat, will Windows 7/8.1 users even bother upgrading knowing that the upgrade could wipe whatever fix/crack that was used to pirate their copy?