Pirates Wont Get a Free Upgrade to Windows 10 After All

Killing earlier reports that stated Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for everyone, including pirates, Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 will be a paid upgrade.

Microsoft EVP of Windows, Terry Myerson, said that his previous words were not conceived properly by the world press. We should mention that the supposed misunderstanding was a byproduct of vague statements and no clear dismissals of the interpretations.

Now, everything is clear as day. Going back on earlier statements, Microsoft says that that non-genuine installations will have to go through the Windows store to upgrade to Windows 10, hinting that pirates will have to pay for their upgrades. Myerson mentioned that Microsoft will team up with its partners to offer “very attractive” prices for genuine licenses for pirates.

This could mean that more apps like Candy Crush saga will come pre-installed on Windows 10 to allow reduced license prices.

Myerson said:

Bringing all of our customers to Windows 10 improves the ecosystem for developers which makes Windows better for all of our customers.

It was assumed earlier that Microsoft took this step (free upgrade for pirates) to fight off piracy in the Asian market, especially the subcontinent and China. The latest statements indicate the company isn’t ready for such drastic measures just yet. The attractive prices for pirates should nevertheless be welcomed as they will allow more people to move to genuine Windows.

Microsoft will put a permanent watermark on versions of Windows that fail to get authorized or appear tampered with. And from the looks of things, that’s going to be as strict as the company will get. However, Myerson emphasized the disadvantages and risks of having a pirated version of Windows. He said:

Non-Genuine Windows has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions.

What do you think, will you finally buy a genuine Windows if it’s offered at a cheaper rate?

Source: Microsoft

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.


  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Pirates, get your torrents ready! LOLZ

  • Windows

    What do you think, will you finally buy a genuine Windows if it’s offered at a cheaper rate?

    Propakistani, what is the rate that you call cheaper for Windows? Rs.50? or Rs.5000? LOL!

    • mrtomatohead

      Rs 5000 is a reasonable price for windows, especially considering that you use it on a daily basis for many essential tasks, it’s worth the price if you ask me.

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        Agreed

      • Inam

        Well how about a much much superior OS for absolutely free?
        Go Linux!

        • Arsalan Shah

          Or Ubuntu!

          • Inam

            Or literally any other distro! Kali for example, for nerds. :P

    • Windows 10

      I expect it to be less than, maybe even less than 2000. Previous version used to cost about 3000 for the home edition.

  • 5k is bit okay

  • Muhammad Abd al-Hameed

    مائیکروسافٹ کا کمائی پر زور اسے مہنگا پڑ رہا ہے۔ پہلے گوگل نے کئی پروگرام مفت کر دیئے، جس پر مائیکروسافٹ کو آفس کے چار پروگرام مفت کرنے پڑے۔ اب اگر ونڈوز 10 سے کمائی کی کوشش کی گئی تو بہت سے لوگ کروم کی طرف چلے جائیں گے۔

  • Bilal Aahil

    like any pirate cares if you give them a free upgrade, they will always use their decades old traditional methods to get Windows 10.
    Fresh Install is always better ;)

  • tungi

    what is microsoft?