Updating illegal windows
According to industry experts, use of pirated software, including Non-Genuine Windows, results in a higher risk of malware, fraud (identity theft, credit card theft, etc.), public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions.” The trouble here is that pirates are getting genuine Windows even though they didn’t previously have genuine Windows.
But, in an unexpected statement, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief said in an interview with Reuters that it will be providing free Windows 10 to software pirates.
“We believe genuine Windows is the best Windows,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Venture Beat.
“Genuine Windows is published by Microsoft, properly licensed, and supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner.
Update: We’ve confirmed with a source close to Microsoft that devices which the company detects as non-genuine will not be offered the free upgrade to Windows 10.
The company also gave us a generic boilerplate statement.
“We will have details on this as we get closer to launch.” We have contacted Microsoft for more information and will update you if we hear back.
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. 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.
In an interview with Reuters, Windows Chiefcopy will be able to avail the free upgrade offer.
With this step, Microsoft wishes to re-engage the users.