Microsoft has moved to clarify recent comments regarding users who are currently running a non-genuine copy of Windows 7 and 8.1 being able to upgrade to Windows 10.
Now at the time this sounded too good to be true – the idea that if you were running a non-genuine version of Windows, Microsoft would still be prepared to upgrade your dodgy copy to Windows 10.
Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that PCs with pirated versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10. However, the upgraded versions will remain “non-genuine” and will be not be supported by Microsoft.
According to Venture Beat, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the following:
“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.
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.”
If you’ve ever tried to upgrade a non-genuine version of Windows, you’ll know that once Microsoft recognises you’re using an illegitimate copy, the desktop changes, normally to black screen, and you’re constantly told that you’re version is not genuine, to the point which it all becomes very annoying, although you can still use the majority of Windows features.
Of course, Microsoft could just completely disable all non-genuine versions of Windows, but then it would run the risk of potentially losing users who may decide to purchase a genuine version at some point in the future.
Despite the debacle of Windows 8, Microsoft’s operating system is still one of the companies most lucrative products.
Windows 10 is due to be released this summer and the full version will be available as a free upgrade for users running licensed versions of Window 7 and Windows 8.1.
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