Microsoft has made an announcement about what we can expect to see from pirated versions of the Windows 10 OS. Piracy is a reality for Microsoft and has been for many years, with their latest release of their desktop operating system, not a whole lot has changed for the company.

Users who have a pirated copy of Windows, whether this is because they were incorrectly installed or by intentional choice, will see a desktop watermark appearing on their machines. Users who have bought a new machine that bears the watermark should return said machine to the company they got it from, because something may have gone wrong with the installation. And Microsoft says that you don’t want to see that watermark at all, as “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.”

The company said “Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state”

The company also details the upgrade system for verified Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users in the link below.

Source: Microsoft

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