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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just make it free like mac and make your own hardware

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Someday they'll make a F2P model where the OS is free, but every time you open up My Computer, it costs 20 cents, the browser will cost 40 cents to open up, control panel will cost 50 cents, shutting down costs 10 cents, uninstalling an app will cost 99 cents. Copying a file will be free for the first GB, and then 50c per GB thereafter.

It will be genius. They'll make so much more money than selling a boxed copy!

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guess they really hate the fact that people started switching to mac books these days xD

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Windows master race,

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What better way is there to give the NSA a backdoor into every computer, than to give away that backdoor, free to all, in a new OS?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Someone's paranoid. Maybe you should turn your PC off now.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yeah, like you're secure with anything else.

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Aww, how sweet, they though about us too.
But before that, let's see if win10 is even worth it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I have Windows 10, and at its current state, it is most worth it

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Good plan MS. I think Google/android system teach u a big time how to deal with software marketing.

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I love how journalists and people alike are so mystified to why Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to users of 7 and 8. I personally think the answer is very simple. To increase their install base, increase developer support, and to sell services. I believe Microsoft believes that they can bring in greater revenue this way instead of just going the past route of making people pay upfront for the OS and nothing more.


Windows 8 was supposed to be the OS that united their devices, and it just didn't come through for them in that way. However, Microsoft is the only company that can offer one product that works across 4 of their devices. We are talking PCs, Windows Phone, Surface, and Xbox. I believe they know that they can increase developer support by saying, "hey, you only have to make one app or game, and it will work on these specific products". Currently, developers have to design them for each system between Windows, Windows Phone, IPhone, and Android. As a developer, if I know that millions have Windows 10, and I make an Application that works on 10, but have the added bonus of Windows Phone, Xbox, and Surface owners having access to my product, without any extra effort on my part, then why wouldn't I want to be a part of this?


I totally believe this is all about the Windows Store in general. I bet most Microsoft products will go subscription based (as they already are), but they probably hope that this idea boosts revenue from their other markets. If you can be completely connected between all devices with files, aesthetics, programs, and more, then they are right for trying to deliver this idea, especially since a person only needs to buy one program for it to work on all platforms. Please refute.

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I understand that thought behind this, but is is so laughable.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Maybe you don't fully understand it then... :L

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Heh...

Maybe they put all the spytech they had to take out of Xbox One into Windows 10 and are trying to get that crap into all our homes that way. </tinfoilhat>

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do we get a win10 key when upgrading for fresh installs from ISO (not upgrades) and new installs after that 1 year?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think it will be more annoying than that. I have a Win7 upgrade license purchased to upgrade from XP - I can't install Windows 7 on my computer now without installing XP first (believe me - hours spent with tech support on this because the product key is recognized as invalid unless I do this, and they can't [won't?] validate the key manually). It's probably a major headache - god forbid your harddrive dies and you need to reinstall...


That being said, it's still a cool initiative

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<< LINK REMOVED >> thats bad news to me. I tend to format my hard drive in a pretty regular basis since windows systems tend to lose performance with time and usage (installing/uninstalling programs), so every 6 months max is time for me to do a clean install. Let's see how it's going to work when its released, but i hope they fix that kind of issue this time. After all, updating a system is not as good as installing a fresh copy at all...


I hope they give us a serial since they said they will offer an ISO to install from the disk instead of upgrading, and some versions wont even have the upgrade option because it's not compatible, so you will have to install from disk.


If that's right maybe not all hope is lost after all..

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I certainly hope so. I would much prefer a clean install rather than an upgrade.

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Good news for Pakistanis!!!!!

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I laugh because if you pirated Windows you probably will just pirate everything else not like MS is going to get more sales in their Windows 10 store.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Lol so true.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's true, but they want to integrate your phone, tablet, and consoles. People will pay for $10 apps for there phones, or $2 songs.

Not every pirate can crack their phone, or wants to bother with it.

It also costs them a lot of money to keep up with the pirates, and most of their money comes from corporate licensing and new PCs anyway. That's why they don't shut down pirated copies. Just flash the warning hoping an employee will rat them out. No one in your house is going to call and turn you in.

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All I can say is that Windows 8.1 is the best PC gaming platform after Windows XP. Games run twice as better than Windows 7.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i dont see that much of a difference, if any at all, but DX12 should change things...

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We shall see. But, for me games that crashed a lot and much overheated GPU on 7, run smooth without single crash on 8.1.

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Well, the builds I keep testing from time to time at work look quite usable after some "tweaking".

- Cloud features are disabled
- Automatic updates are disabled
- Cortana is disabled and gone
- Apps are gone (OneDrive, Skype, XBox nonsense, etc.)
- Microsoft Store is disabled
- all "phone home" nonsense is disabled
- etc., you get the idea

What's left is basically just the OS, as it should've been right after the initial install in my opinion.
All of that above mentioned optional "fluff", should be (de)selectable right during install instead of having to create a custom install image first.

I am still going to wait a year or two after release until the pricing after the first "free" year is cleared up and details about "Windows as a Service" are absolutely clear before installing it in a production environment or using it at home.
Since I don't care about DirectX 12 exclusivity and assuming that no such game will be out for the next couple of years at least (and those that do will surely still have DirectX 11 downwards compatibility) I am in no rush.
Also I'd prefer developers to instead focus on OpenGL instead, this has the added benefit for the developers and us gamers, that cross platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS) is easier to do than with DirectX which is "exclusive" to Windows.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Like you, I will also remove all that extra "fluff" that has no value to me. But i still dont trust anything that they are saying yet. It still sounds like there is going to be a major catch down the road. Until then im happy with windows 7

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i miss those windows 98 checkboxes when it allowed you to avoid installing useless stuff.. "Games" were always checked in my installations though... haha! but hey, they ARE useful!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Windows as a service refers to the update services. They've been very clear about that but bloggers love to take things out of context to the point of completely lying. The context is "Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge."


The key here is new major features will be deployed the update service as compare to waiting for service packs or new major versions.

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Stepping it up! Microsoft is on a roll!

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My question is if you upgrade within those twelve months, do you have to pay once the 12 months are up?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> As Hendlton said, it's free. It's kept updated for free as well.

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Is anybody going to upgrade to Windows 10? I hate Windows 8 and wouldn't mind upgrading to a better, more stable version of windows.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Explain what you think isn't stable. Be specific.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> People never shut off their computers and they want to know why they're not stable.


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Try 8.1.

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Firstly, have they detailed what exactly is a 'qualified device'?


Secondly, this bit concerns me:


"Microsoft also revealed that it's << LINK REMOVED >> to bring the massively popular MOBA << LINK REMOVED >> to Windows 10."

It seems to suggest that for a Windows 7/8 game to be playable on Windows 10, Microsoft needs to work with the developer to bring it to Windows 10. Does this mean it's not backwards compatible with older software? If it is BC, why do they need to work with anyone to bring their game over to windows 10? It should work out of the box right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I've been using windows 10 for about a month now. No problems playing Dragon age 3, Witcher 2, or The vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Qualified devices means it meets the minimum specs to run the software.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not sure if that means minimum specs. It could mean it was originally an OEM device. We'll have to wait for the details when it actually comes out.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Why would you have pirated software on an OEM machine? Laptops maybe, but what kind of pirate runs an OEM desktop?

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They would not be that ridiculous lol