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Nope, upgrading to Windows 10 on pirated versions won't get you a valid license

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#1 Sintharius


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:32 AM

Yesterdays good news may have been a bit too good to be true. Microsofts Terry Myerson announced that the upcoming free upgrade to Windows 10 would be available to pirates as well, in an effort to bolsters adoption numbers and re-engage the hundreds of millions of users that are running non-genuine software.

Unfortunately, the company had scaled back a bit on its plans saying that the free upgrade, though available, wont actually change the license state of a users OS. In plain speak this means that if you were running a pirated copy of Windows, youll still be running a pirated copy even after upgrading to Windows 10.

This move seems counterproductive though, or rather self-sabotaging. If the companys goal was to re-engage users and make sure everyone was running the same codebase then whats the point in differentiating between licensed and unlicensed? Unless, of course, unlicensed versions will have other limitations. But this might result in pirates still opting to hack the OS to remove those limitations which brings us full circle.

Upgrading to Windows 10 on pirated versions won't get you a valid license

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:39 AM

There you go. Anyway, pirating is illegal so everyone should be running a validate, legitimate version of Windows.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:56 AM

Don't understand why Microsoft would even bring up the subject if they backtracked from the original statement.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:13 AM

Originally Microsoft were looking at China, where a high percentage of users use pirated copies.


What they hadn't perhaps thought of at the time was that users across the world that still use XP may have started to use pirated copies of 7 and 8 in the run up to the release of 10 in order to obtain a free upgrade.


It may also have given incentive to many Chinese vendors that currently have to pay a licence to supply Windows on devices, to supply pre installed pirated copies that then could be upgraded in the same manner.


Even if pirated copies that are upgraded are still shown as being illegal, it does seem as though Microsoft will do little to prosecute.


So in order to get the pirated copies updated to be legal when 10 comes along, they should offer the upgrade at a price that everybody can afford, say £10 or so.


At least they can still make some money from such a venture, which also gets more people running 10 across the many platforms that they are trying to reach in order to put a huge dent in the Android market.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 03:10 PM

If you're too tight/poor to buy M$ Windows, why risk all the hassle of being a part of a zombie network by dowloading P2P pirated commercial warez when you can legitimately download and safely use a perfectly good alternative, or if your like me and a bit nerdish something a bit different ...?

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