You might remember that Microsoft was going to allow pirates running an illegitimate copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 would get a free upgrade to Windows 10. Well, in the end it turns out that this is not the case. This was made clear in a posting made on the Blogging Windows blog last week.
If you have a PC running a pirated copy of Windows 10, then on your desktop you will see some text to tell you that your copy of Windows 10 is not Genuine. Simply put nothing has changed from what was previously the case with Windows 7. With that being said those with a pirated copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 will be given some “very attractive” upgrade offers.
When we first heard that Microsoft was going to allow pirates to upgrade for free to Windows 10, we thought that this would make sense. This was because they wanted to try and get everyone to upgrade to Windows 10 as quick as possible.
However, in thinking about this one a little further, this makes sense now that Microsoft are reversing this decision. If they did not then it might send out a message to people that it’s alright to steal software. This is also why they are also continuing to clamp down on software pirates.
With that being said, if you recently bought a laptop or desktop PC running Windows 7 or 8 from a reputable store, then you are eligible for a free upgrade. If it’s from a reputable store then there is a good chance that your computer is running a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 so you have nothing to worry about.
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