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