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Last Edited by cricket702 March 18, 2015 at 04:09 PM
This is slick deal in a way.
MS just announced today it's offering windows 10 to anyone , even if they have a pirated copy of windows 7 or windows 8.
This is a first.
http://www.computerworld.com/arti...grade.html

It's FREE even if you have a pirate ship and peg leg and patch over your eye, and a parret on your shoulder.
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Last Edited by rangerz August 1, 2015 at 03:18 PM
***Not fully accurate, if you have a pirate copy you will still not be "genuine" and MS will probably limit the OS features at will***

PROBABLY= You shouldn't put it in the wiki in big giant letters because you are just guessing what might happen

Thoughts range from limiting the access to max open apps, to not allowing you connection with Xbox content. Some say the app store could be locked but that would not serve proper purpose as they need more cash cows in that realm.

Please cite as close to the source as possible
For example, if the end of article says "via WinBeta", let's just cite WinBeta. If it says "Via: ZDNet", let's just cite ZDNet. If it quotes "ZDNet's Ed Bott", let's just cite Ed Bott's article directly.



Windows 10 Launching This Summer
Official blog: http://blogs.windows.com/blogging...languages/



Worldwide
ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/article/wind...ed-copies/):
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A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed via email that the plan to allow free upgrades for non-genuine copies of Windows applies to all markets and is not limited to China.
The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/18...re-pirates):
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"Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.


Still unofficial / non-Genuine
ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/article/wind...ed-copies/):
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Update, 19-March: Microsoft has issued the following statement in regard to upgrades for "non-genuine" PCs:

We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the [non-]genuine state of the license.
The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/19...ent-option):
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Microsoft tells The Verge that people with pirated copies of Windows will still be considered to have unofficial copies after the update. If they want to go official, they can — they'll just have to get it through the Windows Store.
Guru3D http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/...nuine.html
"Microsoft has issued the following statement in regard to upgrades for "non-genuine" PCs:

We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license.

Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade.

According to industry experts, use of pirated software, including Non-Genuine Windows, results in a higher risk of malware, fraud (identity theft, credit card theft, etc), public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions"


Minimum system requirements
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/W...015/OWD101
http://www.winbeta.org/news/micro...and-phones:
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As for Windows 10 for PCs, the OS requires a lowly 800x600 resolution 7" display. The same UEFI and Secure Boot requirements as its mobile version,
1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for 32-bit installs,
2GB of RAM and 20GB of storage for 64-bit,
DirectX 9 graphics, and a minimum of a power and volume control for buttons, with Start and rotation lock buttons being optional.
UEFI is only required if you need secure boot
http://www.neowin.net/news/window...-windows-8
"Windows 10 will have the same hardware requirements as Windows 8."

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-U...quirements (System requirements for Windows 8.1/8)
"Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database" (i.e., UEFI is only required if you need secure boot)

http://betanews.com/2015/03/18/a-...s-and-pcs/
Search "UEFI" for user comments about UEFI:
Quote :
These are basically OEM new 10 certified system specs
. . .
Windows 10 still supports old legacy BIOS. UEFI BIOS is not required
http://superuser.com/questions/86...quirements
"Windows 10 still supports old legacy BIOS. UEFI is not required."

UEFI Specification Version 2.3.1 (Errata B) is dated April 10, 2012. Many existing PCs don't have it, so it won't make sense for Microsoft to require it.
http://www.uefi.org/specifications




Windows 10 WILL NOT be subscription based.
Once you have it you have it free for life:
"Windows 10 users will still get free updates and support for the lifetime of the OS, exactly like past versions of Windows ... There's no subscription model for updates or support or continuing to use the OS."
http://www.pcgamer.com/microsoft-...scription/


Here's ALL the personal data you give up when you get Windows 10:
https://i.imgur.com/9DoVoix.jpg
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Still gonna be pirated laugh out loud

But sounds like good news.
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Wow, that's a first. Thank you for sharing.

Do note that this is only for Windows 7 and Windows 8:
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The free Windows 10 upgrade will be offered to devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but not those running older editions, including the now-retired Windows XP or its flop of a follow-up, Windows Vista.
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#5
the thing is will they go over or watch over these pirated folks since now they are being connected in some way?
or is it just MS's desperate attempt to stay relevant in today's world? (i kid, they are still massively relevant as most PCs are still windows)
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why the thumbs down, guys.

this is not spam, check the news.

Some people are gonna hate MS no matter what they do, I guess. Smilie
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why the thumbs down, guys.

this is not spam, check the news.

Some people are gonna hate MS no matter what they do, I guess. Smilie
It's because you posted in Hot Deals. This should fir better in the Deal Talk forum
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quite honestly, windows 10 is just going to be free but for some reason they just want to make it seem like a limited time offer so that they get more people to upgrade sooner
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They're desperate. Win8 was a disaster along with Win8 tablets (Surface Pro3 being the exception) and the disaster that was Windows phone.

My assumption is that users are perfectly happy with Win7, without the dual personality interfaces of Win8. Pushing the free upgrade helps MSFT stay relevant, if users start getting used to the interface, then they might move to Windows Phone and Windows Tablet.

While PCs are still relevant in the workplace, they're losing ground in the consumer space quickly. Email, browsing and even simple word processing are easily accomplished on Android/iOS devices. Chromebooks are filling in the gap as cheap PC replacements. Unless some major killer app gets released on the Windows platform, most users need it less and less.

Previously, users either upgraded to the new OS (paid upgrade) because it offered features they wanted, or more likely they upgraded their old PCs, and the new ones come with the latest and greatest OS. Without any major advancements in software (at least not for most home users) there's little to no reason to upgrade a PC that runs a web browser and office perfectly well.
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It has been posted before about being free as a upgrade, but for pirates too? laugh out loud
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#11
pirates are regular people too!
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I'm thinking it's a way to get PC users and mobile users to buy yearly xbox LIVE for 40-60 dollars, so they can use the apps and play games and do tv, media stuff.

My xbox ONE is not worth much without xbox LIVE. What do you guys think? It's a way to create revenue by getting people to fork over yearly for LIVE, and they will probably have cool featurers for LIVE, so , MS stays in the game.
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quite honestly, windows 10 is just going to be free but for some reason they just want to make it seem like a limited time offer so that they get more people to upgrade sooner
They are saying for 1 year. MS has done this type of stuff before, they offered 8 for $40, and on the deadline, it was $199. Same with the Media Center upgrade for free on Win 8, after 3 months, now $99.99

SO far it's looking good, the BEST of Windows 7 with the BEST of Windows 8.1 and the beta/preview is still buggy but, it's pretty quick so far...
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Pirates have feelings too!!!!
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I believe this is known as their "Sorry About That Whole Windows 8 Thing" program.
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