Owners of ‘Non-Genuine’ Windows Installations will get attractive offers to upgrade to Genuine Windows 10
Along with the presentation of Windows 10 there was also something else which was surrounding in the Tech News World for several days. Microsoft said earlier this year that together with Windows 10 every Windows user, doesn’t matter if Windows 7 or 8.1, will be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 in the first year when the new operating system is available. At this time Terry Myerson said that also Non-Genuine Windows versions will be upgradable for free to Windows 10. In a new blog post which has been published by Terry Myerson today at the Windows Blog can be read that Windows Users who are running a PC with a Non-Genuine Version of Windows 10 will not get a free Upgrade but won’t have to pay the full price for Windows 10 and will get some attractive offers they can not deny.
A few months back, when Terry Myerson announced that there will be a free upgrade to Windows 10 he accidentally said that also Non-Genuine Windows versions will get a free Upgrade and will then be Genuine Windows versions. However the company later said that this will not be the case but that if a Non-Genuine Windows will be upgraded to Windows 10 it will remain as a Non-Genuine Windows version.
So while Windows Users with a Non-Genuine Windows Version will not be able to get a free Genuine Windows 10 Upgrade, there will be some nice offers to move all current Windows users to Windows 10 even if they are currently using a Non-Genuine Version. Below you can have a look at what Terry Myerson has written today in his Blog Post on the Windows Blog about Users of a Non-Genuine Windows Installation and how a user can see if he has a Genuine Version of Windows 10 or not:
[…]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. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state. Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.[…]
[…]When we can’t verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with, we create a desktop watermark to notify the user. If you ever encounter this watermark on a new machine, I encourage you to return the device immediately to the retailer from whom you purchased it and request a Genuine Windows device. 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. Non-Genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner.[…]
So this is actually a nice offer from Microsoft to try moving Non-Genuine Windows Users to Genuine Windows Users. We will see if this concept really works. Feel free to drop me comment below with your opinion about this strategy from Microsoft. Stay tuned for more information about Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.