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Microsoft is giving Windows 10 pirates an easier way to go official

It’s offering a one-click purchase option to US users that pirated Windows 10, and will expand it to other countries if successful.

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MICROSOFT NOW HAS more than 110 million people using Windows 10, but it’s ramping up its efforts to have a billion people using in the next two to three years.

Earlier this year, there was some confusion over whether Microsoft would offer its Windows 10 upgrade to those with pirated versions of Windows (or non-genuine versions as Microsoft calls it).

While it eventually clarified that this wasn’t exactly the case – they would be able to upgrade but the license would stay non-genuine and would be unsupported by Microsoft – pirates still found ways to upgrade.

The VP of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group Terry Myerson said it noticed the “creative efforts” that some users have taken to upgrade and claims that many of them bought full versions as a result.

It’s now offering those in the US who have pirated version of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 an easier way to purchase Windows 10. These users can upgrade in one click via the Windows store or by entering an activation code purchased elsewhere. If the scheme is successful, it will then expand it into other countries.

Terry Myerson Terry Myerson talking about Microsoft Hololens at its New York presentation earlier this month. Source: Richard Drew/Press Association Images

The company currently allows Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users the choice to upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Updates, but starting early next year, it will be re-categorising Windows 10 as a ‘recommended update’.

What that means is if you have your Windows Update settings on automatic on your device, it will likely cause the upgrade process to begin. Users will still be asked whether they want to continue with the update or not.

Before then, it will soon be posted as an ‘optional update’, presenting it to anyone who goes through Windows Updates.

Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 until July 2016. Those who aren’t eligible, or don’t update before July, will need to pay €135 for the full version.

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