Explaining Windows 10 Upgrade Options

Windows 1.0

Are you confused about what Microsoft is doing with the Windows 10 rollout this summer? Microsoft seems to have issued conflicting statements recently, so Ed Bott wrote an article to help explain what he thinks Microsoft is doing.

Back in January, Windows 10 was going to be a free upgrade for everyone, with only Volume License customers excluded. Why is the word consumer now creeping into official statements? Will people using Windows PCs for business purposes get a free upgrade, or will they be forced to pay up?

Based on previous experience, I’m afraid there’s going to be an unwelcome surprise for business users later this year.

And then there’s the second part of the statement, which is dense with legalese. I’ve snipped some throat-clearing from the beginning, along with a gratuitous discussion of the hazards of pirated software. This is the relevant part:

With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade.

Here we go again.

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