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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I could make a killing selling tinfoil hats to all the morons here.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Ooh! "Tinfoil hat"!


Now all I need is a "White knight" and a "Cool story bro" and I'll complete my Gamespot comment bingo card!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's it man :) haha


Anyone that has an opinion other than the obvious, they need a tin foil hat. Kids!



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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> When you're stupid, everything is obvious. : \

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Because Kinect and an OS are anything alike? Take your meds, dude.

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Yeh, IKR... Kinect and Windows 10 have zero in common do they?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wow, that was a fail attempt. Enjoy your Linux...if that's possible. Oh wait, you wouldn't have Linux since that's free and anything that's free obviously means it's horrible.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I know it looks bad but can you really blame anyone? it does seem to good to be true


we're all waiting for the Microsoft suckerpunch :P

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Its similar to the strategy console makers use when they sell hardware at a loss. Get it in your hands so you can start buying games.

In this case, get it in your hands so you can start buying apps.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Except that backpeddling at this point would be worse than asking for money up front. MS is trying to shift to optional services for revenue (like Azure). Win10 is meant to act as a platform that makes other services possible. For that to work, they need to get Win10 out to as many people as they can.


Keep in mind that it's a free upgrade for a year. After that, it's business as usual.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I know I know but there's still that nagging voice in the back of my mind yelling "run you fools" well.... "fly you fools" in Gandalf's voice

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I can't shake the feeling something doesn't add up. Keylogger in the system, maybe?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's fine to be a little wary when something is free, but it's another thing when people freak out like they have been in this topic.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> People aren't 'freaking out' about anything, they are calling out the obvious.

Some people just can't read between the lines, it's okay, don't worry there are loads of you

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Paranoia is not "read[ing] between the lines".

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If you are stupid enough to pirate a copy of windows then install win 10 over it believing M$ had 'NOOO idea' you ripped them off before hand...


Well.... there will be lots of you
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Haha, here's one.. would you like to buy some gullibility socks sir?

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"...and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies."

I don't think ease of installation was ever a plus for people to grab an illegitimate copy. It comes down to money. Right now I don't mind paying for Windows but when you're under 18 and you're a PC gamer... money is hard to come by. What do you save up for in that situation? Games and computer hardware to beef up your specs or an operating system? No kid wants to spend money on that, plain and simple. Of course there are other reasons too, but I think that's a decent chunk of people right there.

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One door opens, another one opens.


When windows close, you get a broken one! Courtesy of M$

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When something seems too good to be true it usually is. But frankly buy a 7, 8, 8.1 premium key off ebay for a few dollars than upgrade to win 10.. Profit

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<< LINK REMOVED >> As if most people don't already have Win 7 or 8. I'm sure someone will now say that they still have Win XP or Vista, but they're probably a very small minority, even smaller than the one commenting about games on websites.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> well a quick google found me this << LINK REMOVED >> yeah a lot of people use windows 7 (obviously) but you'd be surprised how many people still use older OSs


I know for a fact my mum still has Vista on her machine

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Does that count business computers too? I used to work for a bank and the entire bank operated on Windows XP. This was only a year ago. They were using XP because of compatibility issues with the infrastructure and the software they use. If that includes business machines, I would have to think that's where a lot of XP machines are still in use... businesses that use older programs.

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I can't help but feel MS has some hidden master plan...

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^^^^^^

Windows 10 - Behind the scenes

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Its a trap!

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Haters gonna hate

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Well this is easy, just go pirate it and then upgrade. They should just make it outright free.


That said, I still don't want to go to 10. I will stick with 7.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 7 is horrible compared to 8.1. The boot time is horrendously slow.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I had the exact same computer run more than double the performance with win 8

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REALLY it runs double the performance?

Because in every solid test I've seen and read it falls short in a number of areas. Also if it performs twice as well as Win 7, please explain the pricing from M$, because Win 8 is around $100 or less and Win 7 pro is around $500

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have a windows 7 on my main rig and 8.1 on my laptop and while it me be a performance increase it's not worth having to put up with just how backwards windows 8 is


which is why i'll be testing windows 10 on my laptop before I touch it with my Pc

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Generally windows 7 has better performance in all the areas that actually matter. Here's only 1 test that supports this

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.... annnd a new motherboard, chipset, 16gb of ram, graphics card, SSD to boot from, etc?

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I had a broom for 15 years, it's had 8 new head and 7 new handles

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How horrendous, how do we cope?

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Mine is 10 seconds!

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7 all the way.