You can upgrade to Windows 10 from pirated Windows 7, Windows 8 and Win XP versions for free, but Microsoft won’t provide support to your system
Microsoft cause quite a flutter in the tech world after it announced that it will offer free Windows 10 upgrades to users who had downloaded the pirated Windows XP/Windows 7/Windows 8.1 version. The announcement came after Microsoft had earlier announced free upgrade for registered Windows 7/Windows 8.1 users to Windows 10.
However, if you run your PC on the pirated older versions of Windows and want to take this opportunity by Microsoft and download the Windows 10 version, there is a catch in the announcement.
Microsoft has said that it will not provide any support to non-genuine systems after they’re updated to Windows 10.
A Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica, “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…
“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.”
Another statement given by Microsoft to VentureBeat states that, “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.”
Microsoft said it will “provide a mechanism for non-genuine Windows 10 PC devices to ‘get genuine’ via the new Windows Store, whether they are upgraded versions of Windows or purchased. We will have details on this as we get closer to launch.”
Though the statement of Microsoft is ambiguous about license property of Windows 10, it is most likely that such users who have older Windows pirated versions aboard their systems and upgrade it to Windows 10, they may not receive security updates and other features update after certain period of time.
Microsoft is actually baiting such users by offering good features on Windows 10 and making them go legit for a few dollars to get continued feature updates from Microsoft.