Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 10 was released in 190 countries in 111 languages on July 29 and believed to be the final version of Windows. It came in six variations, including Windows 10 Home, Pro, Mobile Enterprise, Mobile, Education and Enterprise. After Windows 10 was launched, the company offered free upgrades to those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. However, Microsoft extended its offer to pirates, which would give the company a larger potential user base. It meant that Illegal copies of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 were still upgraded to a copy of Windows 10 for free.

“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows.” Microsoft’s spokesperson said.

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It was said that pirated copies of Windows 7 would receive an upgrade to a genuine copy of Windows 10. However, this isn’t actually true.

Besides, Microsoft’s plan to let upgrades for non-genuine copies of Windows applies to all markets and isn’t limited to a particular market. Now Windows 10 is free with a pirated edition of Windows 7 to anyone all over the world.

Although pirates can upgrade to the new OS, the tech giant isn’t giving them a free pass. The company confirmed that  PCs running pirated copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 would be upgraded to a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 instead of a genuine copy of the latest operating system.

“We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. 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,” Microsoft said in a statement.

Windows is currently installed on more devices than any other OS in the world, and the number of Windows 10 users are also increasing quickly. According to Microsoft, Windows 10’s adoption is continuing at a strong pace, from 14 million devices installing the new software within the first 24 hours of its release on July 29 to more than 75 million devices already upgrading to Windows 10 at the end of August.


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