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Windows 10 will be free upgrade, even if you are using pirated version

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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 04:07 PM

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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, even if they are using a pirated version, Microsoft's Terry Myerson announced this today. This is a historic move in the battle against piracy. Speaking to Reuters, Myerson said: "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10." The plan is to "re-engage" with the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China where most of the Windows users are using pirated versions.
 
Windows 10 would be released globally sometime "this summer". Windows users will have to upgrade in the first year after the launch of Windows 10. This is more than a one-time upgrade. Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device, at no additional charge.


#2 R@6271M3

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 05:51 PM

Whoa! Historic move indeed!



#3 Phenom II

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:32 PM

BUILD 10041 just hit FAST ring, update only



#4 pcHuntqwerty

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 12:25 AM

The best news EVER! :devil:



#5 old5chool

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 01:32 AM

Speaking to Reuters, Myerson said: "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10." The plan is to "re-engage" with the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China where most of the Windows users are using pirated versions.

 
Honestly I (still!) don't understand (n0 clue?!) what this means... A 30, 90-day preview (non-activated) version of Windows 7, 8 will not upgrade to Windows 10, for free; but, a cracked one will?!?? Will it be a fully-functional OS, afterwards?.. Why is it called an "upgrade" & it's not a free-release... Because, what, people will need to download the Windows 7, or later ISO and then crack it - break the law - in order to get Windows 10, for free? o.0

No comprendo.

Edit: "Microsoft promises free upgrades in China", meaning that it'll be only in China?.. Even moar confusing. :f


Edited by old5chool, 21 March 2015 - 02:14 AM.


#6 Phenom II

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 08:59 AM

It will upgrade a pirated OS, but you won't get a free license from it, 10 will be unactivated too if you do that



#7 Darcena

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 07:37 AM

A Microsoft spokesperson clarified in a statement to Polygon that the upgrade to Windows 10 will "not change the genuine state of the license," meaning non-genuine copies of the operating system will continue to be non-genuine.

 

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.


#8 old5chool

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 03:47 AM

[..] 10 will be unactivated too if you do that

 

[..] will continue to be non-genuine.

 

Right, yeah, so all of the hype-propaganda, doublespeak, basically (still, heh!) boils down to this (one sentence)?! Meh. =)
 

The free offer will be valid for one year following Windows 10's launch date; after that period, customers will have to pay for the operating system as usual.

 

o.0



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