Microsoft’s Windows 10 is on the way and there was some news recently that claimed that pirates – those folks who illegally use Windows operating systems without paying for them – would have free upgrade access to Windows 10 from an illegal Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation. Let’s stop things right there. That’s not going to happen.
But there is a ‘mechanism’ on the way that will allow users who have an illegal copy of Windows to get Windows through the Windows Store. What that will entail hasn’t been clarified but odds are that there will be a cost involved.
Microsoft has said “We will provide a mechanism for non-genuine Windows 10 PC devices to ‘get genuine’ via the new Windows Store, whether they are upgraded versions of Windows or purchased.” The move is supposedly to help the company combat piracy in China but it will reportedly be globally available, whatever the final deal turns out to be.