Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Also Applies to Pirates

"Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows."

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Microsoft is extending its free Windows 10 upgrade offer even to those who pirated Windows 7 or Windows 8, executive Terry Myerson reveals in a new interview with Reuters.

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"We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," he said.

A Microsoft representative later confirmed Myerson's comments, adding that the company hopes to "re-engage" with software pirates.

"Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows," the representative told The Verge. "We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies."

As was previously announced, for the first twelve months following Windows 10's launch, PCs running Windows 7 and 8 will be eligible for a free upgrade to the new OS.

This week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will launch this summer, though the technology giant has not yet pinned down a specific release date. Microsoft also revealed that it's working with Chinese Internet giant Tencent to bring the massively popular MOBA League of Legends to Windows 10.

Windows 10 features a new Xbox gaming app, which will not require Xbox Live Gold. Meanwhile, another marquee gaming feature for Windows 10 is that it will allow Xbox One games to stream to PCs and tablets running the new OS. In addition, Windows 10 supports cross-platform play, starting with Fable Legends.

For more on Windows 10 and its gaming implications, check out the video above.

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What is a qualified PC?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> One that's gone to college.

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Im going to test it on the computers i put together for other people first....maybe after a few months, then ill put it on mine.


...also i may just use the pirated version of windows 10.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> since it's going to be free, what's left to pirate?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> After the 1 year promotion there will be a pirated version. The pirated version might even have all the spyware removed making it the better version.

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something is off in my opnion,its too good to be true

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yeah still can't believe it

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Microsoft officially adopts the "Freemium" business model with Windows 10. It's free to use, but if you want faster CPU or memory support you need to buy the "Speedster" package from Windows store, at merely $249.99 plus tax. Also, if you want less BSOD you need to buy the "Red Screen is Better" package at only $499.99.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Thats not so funny because to some extent its true. Win7 Starter has a 2GB RAM limit. Basic is 8GB. Premium is 16GB. Professional+ is 192GB. They were less anal with Win8 Home/Pro being 128GB/512GB respectively.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Where in this article does it say you have to pay to upgrade it?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You have obviously never heard of sarcasm..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry, the sarcasm wasn't very obvious.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Ubuntu is not going to help you. They want to be like MS with one unified vision. Mint is your only chance at reclaiming your desktop.

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Yea free basic windows 10 but if you want to use more than 3Gb of ram and support a hard drive bigger than 50gb you will need to upgrade to windows 10 super-semi pro advanced.

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It's a trap!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> most likely

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What? Is it April fool already? Or is it the reenactment of the Pirate Pardon of 1718?

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Now I feel my licensed Windows 7 product is unworthy!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Instead of having them null or void your windows 7 license in the upgrade process you should just install a new copy on a different partition in trial mode and upgrade that so that way you have both 10 & 7.

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Does anyone else feel uneasy about this? Something feels off....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree. Something's not right. If there is a 32-bit version, I'll let my uncle test it for a bit before upgrading.

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I was under the impression they were only doing this for pirated copies in China, was it actually confirmed they were doing this in the west also?

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This must be some kind of trap.

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hey hey windows i called you 5 times iv dealt with you for a year I BOUGHT Your f**cking windows 8 pro but YOUR DAMN KEY DOESN'T WORK "DUMBA**"-a la red formen....not buying it again!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Cool, because if you read the article you won't have to. Download Windows 8, don't enter the key, upgrade to 10. Done!

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

A free copy of Windows 10 you say? Do I also get a free punch in the face with that?

MAYBE if they were offering to pay ME.

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Have fun with your ancient software, and realize Windows is actually a good operating system that knows how to fix it's faults rather than push them off as non-existent. Windows 8 wasn't the best thing, but 8.1 fixed a lot of issues, and it looks like 10 is going to be a massive improvement on that. I'm still sticking with 7 on my desktop, but I'll be instantly upgrading to 10 when it comes out on all my Windows platforms.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> and dont forget Vista ....... that was awesome!

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I'm sure that will work out great for you.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh, it definitely will, I have no doubt. Windows XP worked great for me when it was out, Windows 7 has worked brilliantly for me for years on my PC, and Windows 8 works perfectly fine after the fixes in 8.1, along with having a touchscreen laptop.

I've tried using Mac's before, helping out friends or at events, and every single time without fail I've felt like punching my hand through the monitor, being so awfully designed it's a wonder people know how to use it or that it even functions.

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Microsoft: "Just sign here and it's yours for free. No, not with a pen. Take this."

You: "But... but this is a needle."

Microsoft: "One drop is all we need."

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you forgot the laugh

"mwahahaha"

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It`s a smart move by Microsoft, forcing everyone to move to Windows 10 no matter what. Will it be the new XP?

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Are you sure that was Microsoft?!?!

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It's good for people pirating because the amount of money you have to pay for a new Windows version is just off the charts unless you have a ton of money.

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If the gaming industry has taught me anything in the past few years it's that free does not always mean free.

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I cant believe this really happening

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I hope they port good ol halo to pcs!

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Edward Kenway likes this.

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PC peasants rejoice. Free upgrade for you, free upgrade for me, free upgrade for everyone!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> As a PC gamer, I try to make an effort to avoid insulting you. I would appreciate if you return the favor. As for the upgrade, something doesn't seem right about it. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is, but this doesn't seem like something MS would do normally.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They want an "Ecosystem" like everyone else. They realized that Apple, Google, and Amazon are raking in billions of dollars from their respective _stores_, not from sales of their operating systems. They tried packaging a store inside win 8, but no one wanted it. So they realized the best way to get that store in everyone's credit cards is to give windows away for free.

They have just been barking up the various "good will trees" instead of calling it "free" and leaving themselves a loophole to eventually start charging for it again, and they STILL get to charge manufacturers to put it on their machines, even though any user can technically get it for free.

Honestly, it's the smartest thing I have seen come out of microsoft in years.