Microsoft talked about the Windows 10 upgrade with pirated copies of Windows 7/8.1
In the beginning of the year, when Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 upgrade will be free for all users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.x for the entire year after the release of the OS, the company also indicated that it will allow you to upgrade even to owners of pirated copies of the operating system.
The company says that if the user works with the latest version (with all installed service packs) Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, will be available to him the possibility of updates via Windows Update. Otherwise, you will have to download an installation image (ISO) Windows 10 to upgrade it again for free.
Free upgrade to Windows 10 for users of pirated licenses remained one of the most debated and confusing issues over the past months. Despite all the other possible financing, licenses remain important om of income for Microsoft. Now, finally, Microsoft has shed light on the subject.
So, according to the latest blog post of Windows, Windows 10 for users of pirated Windows 7 and 8.x will not be free, but the upgrade is possible. In other words, if you are using a pirated copy of one of these two operating systems, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but the license will still be unoriginal, than after updating you will constantly recall the characteristic watermark on the desktop. About any restrictions after you upgrade Microsoft didn’t say anything.
The software giant also promised that in cooperation with some manufacturers, it will offer a genuine license subject to special conditions for users of older devices with pirated versions of Windows.