Microsoft created a lot of buzz in the recent days when it announced that it will allow free upgrades to Windows 10, to even those who have a pirated old version installed on their systems. However, the tables have turned about as now, your PC will NOT support Windows 10 if you’ve upgraded it from a pirated version!
In a recent interview with ArsTechnica , a Microsoft Spokesperson said,
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.
And such similar statement was noticed in one of the at VentureBeat,
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.
The move, while annoying those who run pirated Windows copies, may actually be a real serious step in countering piracy across software. The prior reason why Microsoft announced a free upgrade for all to Windows 10 for the first year was just to give them a taste what their new creation is all about and that, if this OS is available at a reasonable price in the market, even the pirated OS owners won’t hesitate to grab it!
So what next for the systems which are running a non-genuine Windows, and want an upgrade to Windows 10? Well, its likely that their Windows might expire a limited testing time, and they may not receive any security updates from Microsoft.