[FAQ] Upgrading to Windows 10 from Non-Genuine Windows
We know that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users in the first year of Windows 10 launch. So existing Windows 7/8/8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
When Microsoft announced about this free upgrade offer, the company also indicated that pirated or non-genuine Windows users will also be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This news came as a surprise and caused lots of confusion between people as they were unable to understand why should a pirated Windows user be allowed to upgrade to latest Windows version for free?
Now to clear all doubts, Microsoft has officially provided some details about pirated/non-genuine Windows and Windows 10 upgrade offer.
For your convenience, we are providing the official information in form of a frequently asked questions (FAQ) list which will help you in understanding the whole idea easily. We'll try to cover all possible questions and doubts in this article.
So without wasting time lets start the FAQ list:
Q.1. Is it true that pirated or non-genuine Windows versions also get free upgrade to Windows 10?
Ans. Yes. Its true. If you are using a pirated Windows versions (Windows 7/8/8.1), you'll get a prompt or notification to upgrade to Windows 10 when its released to public.
Q.2. So does that mean I'll be able to use Windows 10 forever like a genuine Windows user?
Ans. No. Pirated Windows will get free upgrade to Windows 10 but they'll not be able to activate Windows 10 using their pirated product key or license. They'll still need a genuine Windows 10 license to activate their Windows.
Q.3. So what will happen when pirated Windows users are unable to activate their Windows 10 versions?
Ans. It'll work like a trial version of Windows 10. You'll get a limited period of time e.g. 30 days to use Windows 10 and to activate it. If you don't activate Windows 10 within that grace period, you'll be unable to use it further and you'll not be able to log into Windows 10.
Also a watermark on Desktop will become visible telling you that you are using a pirated Windows version and you should make it genuine by activating it using a genuine license key. The exact text of watermark is not known yet but it might be similar to following:
- This copy of Windows is not genuine.
- You may be a victim of software counterfeiting. This copy of Windows did not pass genuine Windows validation.
Although it'll not be very hard to remove that watermark from Desktop. People always modify system files using Resource Hacker to get rid of such kind of watermarks.
Q.4. Will there any offer for pirated Windows users to buy Windows 10 genuine license?
Ans. Yes. Microsoft will provide attractive offers to pirated Windows victims so that they can buy a genuine license of Windows 10.
So the bottom line is that pirated or non-genuine Windows users will get the offer to upgrade to Windows 10 but they'll not be able to use it for free. They'll need to activate Windows 10 using a genuine license key, thus they'll need to purchase a genuine copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft.
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