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Analysis: Windows 10 Updated From Pirated Predecessors Won’t Be Legit

Posted 2 years ago

Just as Microsoft’s operating systems were getting a bit predictable and innovation was dying out, Microsoft announced the new Windows 10. Initially, it was just another Microsoft try at a successful change as the trend with Microsoft is that they don’t get everything right the very first time. After the reveal of Windows 98, it was some time until we had seen a big successful improvement in the shape of Windows XP. Windows Vista was again a fail followed by a huge success of Windows 7. In that context Windows 8 and 8.1 were unable to make a huge impact on the market and with the features of the upcoming Windows 10, its looking up to be quite a good one. But time will tell how well the OS fares with bugs and backward compatibility as in an OS, one not only looks for features, but also backward and forward compatibility which is why Windows 7 was a huge success.

Microsoft Clarifies: Windows 10 Upgrade From a Non-Genuine Version of Windows 7 or 8.1 Does Not Mean Legitimacy

Recently, Microsoft Executive Terry Myerson confirmed, in an interview with Reuters, that all capable PCs will be getting the possible Windows 10 upgrade. However, he did not clarify further:

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration.

Well that is just perfect new, isn’t it? Getting the latest OS on a pirate version of the OS. However, we received further clarification from Microsoft when a spokesperson from Microsoft clarified the update process a bit further to CNET. He said that a non-genuine version of Windows is not released by Microsoft and is hence not supported by Microsoft. So if you have a version that is pirated and has a fake license, the license validity as a fake will carry on to the upgrade. Full version of his reveal is as follows:


“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. Nongenuine 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 mis-licensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mis-licensed after the upgrade.”

Hence that clarifies that position for Microsoft. And after the upgrade, pirates may find new security updates aswell to keep the newer version of Windows i.e. Windows 10 from being easily pirated. Hence, they might find it inconvenient to get rid of the anti-piracy notifications for at least a first few months.

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Maybe if Microsoft focused on making its version of Windows more affordable for certain areas, people might find it more welcoming to install a genuine version of Windows rather than one that is a pirate. Piracy is a crime that infringes a developer’s right to get paid for something they spent hours working on. And nowadays, because of piracy, developers have to spend more time trying to put up stronger security protocols against piracy than focusing on a better user experience for the customer. Maybe if a more mature stance was adopted by developers as well as the customers where developers price their products fairly and customers buy their softwares, might we get to witness a reduction in the huge amount of piracy. Statistics tell us that over 75 percent of PC software in China is not licensed and only 5 percent of Microsoft US revenue gets billed from China according to CNET.

A non-genuine version of Windows will constantly remind you that the software is unlicensed or in case the registry is removed, it might not bug you at all. But it all comes down to the fact that the true way to improving ourselves is doing right wherever we can and although this might not be a big step, but its a start. A start that will get us to fair environment. So, SAY NO TO PIRACY!

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