As Microsoft gets prepared to launch Windows 10 later this year, the company is slowly dropping bits and pieces of information regarding the launch of its new operating system. Yesterday, the company announced that it was launching the OS in the summer in 190 countries. However, it also vaguely slipped in that the upgrade will also be free for users of pirated versions of Windows 8 and 7.
While this is big news indeed, the free upgrade comes with caveats. Microsoft says despite the update, a pirated copy will remain a pirated copy.
“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,” explains Microsoft in a statement to IndiaToday.in.
“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,” adds the statement.
What does this mean? Well, you probably should not expect to get the license key for starters. This also results in the lack of support from Microsoft, and probably you will be unable to uninstall the version of Windows and save it on an USB stick and install it again.
It’s likely that you’ll keep getting a pop up to legitimately purchase Windows.