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    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.

    Terry
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    Call me crazy but I think it's crazy to expect MS to update a non-genuine system to a genuine system for free even if 10 is going to be free for those who have a genuine OS. Did this make sense?
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    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"


    That is one of best statements I've seen in a long time! Did you really come up with it yourself? Come on, be honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    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"


    That is one of best statements I've seen in a long time! Did you really come up with it yourself? Come on, be honest.
    Yup, I just got off late shift, I'm tired and that's usually when inspiration hits me, then or after 5 beers, but mainly there is absolutely no need to pirate an Operating System. A version comes with all non-Apple PC's and if one wants safer then Arch or Debian or BSD or Open Suse...etc.
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    Especially since for gamers there are more and more games now supporting Linux. I believe Linux is one of the main reasons MS is giving 10 free to current genuine customers. To give it free to non-genuine users would be simply foolish IMO.
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    MS wants everyone to move to 10. Even today, 14 years later, XP is still at large followed by stable and friendly 7. 10 is supposed to be like Mac, being upgraded instead of being supported, a smart move, but MS has to kill all old versions first, free Windows for anyone is the best tactic. Linux is a wet dream, that will never come true, after years it managed to get hardly 2% worldwide, even that thanks to servers and such.
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    Bringing all of our customers to Windows 10 improves the ecosystem for developers which makes Windows better for all of our customers
    In the future the software devs will have it easier, having to only concentrate on one OS, which will probably mean better software &installers because then the code will be "cleaner", you know what I mean? No more one size (must) fit(s) all.
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    Didn't really think about wanting to get all Windows users on one version versus the all the ones still out there now (XP,Vista, 7, 8). That makes sense. I'm sure many will covert with the free carrot dangling in front of them.
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    I love 8.1, but with 10 I can now use and set the size of the universal apps to work like gadgets in 7(for example weather), and that I really like. For businesses using 10 it probably shouldn't be a big deal. For example I have been working in warehouse logistics and after Windows loads it jumps automatically and starts loading SAP, and where I work now after SAP loads, viastore loads.
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