Beginning of this year, Windows executive Terry Myerson in an interview that all Windows users even people with pirated copies of the operating system–would be eligible to take advantage of Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade offer. But as it turns out, this was a misunderstanding. Pirates are out of luck.
“While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to non-genuine Windows devices, as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a non-genuine state.” Myerson said in a blog post published today.
“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,” he added. “Non-genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner.”
Myerson did, however, tease that Microsoft is preparing some kind of incentive to get people with non-genuine Windows copies to switch over to a legitimate copy of Windows 10.
“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,” he said. “Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.”
You will get a free upgrade for Windows 10 if you are having Windows 7 and 8 original OS. Microsoft has not yet announced how much Windows 10 will cost after this period.