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Pirates, You’ll still Have to Pay for Windows 10

Pirates will still be met with a nasty watermark in Windows 10 too..

In a new blog post, Microsoft’s EVP of operating systems Terry Myerson said that those with non-genuine copies of Windows 10 will also be met with a lovely watermark reminding them of their crime. In fact, the free offer which was revealed before won’t actually apply to those with non-genuine copies of Windows, they will instead be given “very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers” to get them to switch to a genuine copy of Windows 10.

Instead those with pirated copies of Windows will need to head to the Windows Store to get an upgrade which pretty much says that those with non-genuine copies will have to pay. The “offers” mentioned above haven’t been divulged yet.

“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.”

For those with pirated or non-genuine copies of Windows, they were often reminded that their copy was not genuine and were only offered vital updates but optional updates as well as the ability to have a wallpaper was witheld, and it seems that this may copy over to Windows 10.

So, if you’re a Windows Pirate, you’ve got a difficult choice to make. Wait until someone figures out how to dupe Window’s to believe that it’s a genuine copy of Windows or probably much simpler, purchase Windows 10.

In other Windows news, Microsoft recently unveiled the full list of Windows 10 editions.