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  1. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 600
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 May 2015 #1

    Genuine Windows and Windows 10

    This week we shared more details about Windows 10 “editions.” Today, I thought I would provide answers to some questions we’ve received regarding how this will work for Genuine vs. Non-Genuine Windows.

    With Windows 10, we have extended an offer to our Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once a customer upgrades, they will continue to receive ongoing Windows innovation and security updates for free, for the supported lifetime of that device.

    These customers purchased their Genuine Windows license from our valued OEM partners, which ensures Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with. Windows 10 offers our customers an even more secure and modern experience. Bringing all of our customers to Windows 10 improves the ecosystem for developers which makes Windows better for all of our customers. We are working hard to make the in-place upgrade experience from Windows 7 or Windows 8, to Windows 10, seamless for the customer. Throughout the Windows world, I am humbled by the excitement being associated with this opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10.

    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.

    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.

    Windows 10 is still in development and we won’t be able to answer all questions yet, but I hope this provides some clarification on important topics. If you’d like to help shape the future of Windows and contribute to Windows 10, please join the Windows Insider Program, where you can download technical previews of Windows 10 and provide us valuable feedback.

    Thank you for your support of Windows and our Windows partners by choosing genuine Windows 10.

    Last edited by Brink; 15 May 2015 at 15:16. Reason: fixed format
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  2. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,212
    Windows 10 IoT
       15 May 2015 #2

    Sounds good to me. Sounds like even non genuine customers will get a discount offer. They didn't say it outright, but that's what I think will happen.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,309
    win 10 Insider
       16 May 2015 #3

    A discount makes sense. MS REALLY does want the vast majority to get onto a legit win 10.
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  4. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 44
       16 May 2015 #4

    Legit is the key word. Discount FOR NON- genuine customers would be a gift.
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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,212
    Windows 10 IoT
       16 May 2015 #5

    GQMax said: View Post
    Legit is the key word. Discount FOR NON- genuine customers would be a gift.
    A really good move by Microsoft if they do offer a discount to non genuine installs. Especially if it cleans up those PC's in the process.
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  6. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,923
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       16 May 2015 #6

    I posted this last night 23.00 my time, in Eight Forums, when I just got home from work, after Shawn posted the Blog, and Steve (popeye) liked it:

    This is probably the best thing I've ever said, it would be good for Quote of the day(just got inspired)

    "Get a license, or get Linux"
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  7. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       16 May 2015 #7

    Not really sure why some folks feel or even think that someone using a non-genuine (stolen) version of Windows should receive a free copy. . .just doesn't make sense to me. . .
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  8. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,936
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       16 May 2015 #8

    Lee said: View Post
    Not really sure why some folks feel or even think that someone using a non-genuine (stolen) version of Windows should receive a free copy. . .just doesn't make sense to me. . .
    They may get a copy but not a license for that copy.. is it good.. I don't like it one bit.. but I don't run MS.
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  10. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       16 May 2015 #10

    Those that use fake windows and update it will be easier for MS to find.
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