Microsoft explained what happens to non genuine upgrades to Windows 10
Microsoft is currently working on its upcoming Operating System Windows 10 and the company has announced that they will offer free upgrade to the computers which are running on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. As there are devices running on non-genuine Windows Operating System, there has been confusion among the users that what will happen to these devices. Regarding this Microsoft’s executive Terry Myerson has clarified about the situation of the Genuine vs Non-Genuine Windows upgrade.
What happens to non genuine upgrades to Windows 10
To ensure that the Windows is licensed, installed correctly and genuine version, customer should get it from OEM partners and this ensure genuine Windows license, but what is situation of non-genuine Windows. Microsoft has clearly explained that,
When we can’t verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed and not tampered with, we create a desktop watermark to notify the users.
So, when Microsoft is unable to verify that Windows is correctly installed or not tampered with, then for such non-genuine devices Microsoft will put a desktop watermark informing the user about the non-genuine version of Windows. However Microsoft haven’t released any screenshots, what the watermark message will say or how it looks. But it may be similar to what we have seen in earlier cases, where a message will be displayed at the right corner of the desktop saying This is not a genuine copy of Windows.
Microsoft has also suggested that, if the customer gets the watermark on the new device, then he should immediately return it to the retailer from where he purchased.
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.
Upgrade offer for non-genuine Windows versions
Microsoft knows that lot of users are using the pirated Windows operating systems and many customers are unwitting victims of piracy. With Windows 10 Operating System Microsoft wants all it customers to move forward with them.
While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non Genuine Windows devices running on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 and we have always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non genuine state.
For these customers, those who are running their old devices on non genuine version, Microsoft in partnership with some of its OEM partners and in plans to offer very good attractive offer for Windows 10. Anyhow, Microsoft is planning strict moves to restrict piracy of Windows Operating Systems.