Windows 10 Pirates Looking For A Free Upgrade May be Dead On Arrival

Posted on May 19, 2015 by .

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Microsoft has had their run in with pirates over many years rooting back to the days of Windows 3.1. Software pirates, as you may already know, are individuals who obtain copies of software for free that is normally purchased for a working license. With the release of Windows 10 being as hyped up as it is, Microsoft is conjuring up clever ways to thwart actions of software pirates by retreating from their statements saying that owners of counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive a free upgrades to Windows 10 when it drops this summer.

A remarkable and generous offer that would be if Microsoft decided to give away Windows 10 to those running illegal versions of Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has said that they will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for genuine copies of Windows 7 and 8.1. What does that mean? Simply put, it means you would have to have obtained a valid license to your copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 meaning you would have had to pay for your version of Windows to qualify for the free Windows 10 upgrade.

Microsoft is looking for Windows 10 to be on about 1 billion devices in 3 years, which is no easy feat if everyone has to pay for a new copy of Windows 10. There has been some confusion as to the “talk” surrounding Microsoft providing free copies of Windows 10 as an upgrade for genuine and non-genuine versions of Windows 7 and 8.1.

“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,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a reply to questions on March 19. “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,” the spokesperson added (emphasis added).

With this statement putting an end to that original “pirates get free” deal, it brings up the question if those running an illegal copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 could upgrade to Windows 10 at all. As an answer, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “As we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a non-genuine state.”

There has since been some controversy over the comments and blog post made by Terry Myerson, the head of Windows. The blog post has since been edited and has many comments that were recently “closed” chiming in on this situation.

The take away from this is that pirates were ready to pounce on the idea of them getting a free ticket to Windows 10 even though they have negated to change their ways in running illegal copies of Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has treaded lightly on this case and is doing a bit of damage control as you can witness in the blog post linked here.

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