Updating illegal windows
Interestingly, Microsoft killed off the incredibly unpopular, DRM-heavy Windows Live Games in Windows 10, and opted to support Steam instead.But, with these terms and conditions, Microsoft has managed to do something that's arguably worse, potentially limiting the use of software that doesn't even have DRM on it. Like , we think it's unlikely that Microsoft actually intends to go after pirated games on the PC.Once upgraded to Windows 10, users will receive all future updates without any limitations.Although most computer users are running genuine Windows 7/8.1, there are millions of users who are using non-genuine or pirated Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for variety of reasons.And until Microsoft clarifies things, we think this remains a legal grey area.Windows 10 development is in full swing and the final version is expected to be released in the next few months.However, it does include your Microsoft account, which is an extensive part of the Windows 10 experience, as well as core features like Cortana – and that implies Redmond can disable any games you’ve pirated or devices you’ve "unlawfully" hacked.Enable Cortana (which pretty much everyone using Windows 10 is going to do) and you're subject to the services agreement.
However, under Microsoft’s new Services agreement, Windows 10 Mobile would be able to combat any pirated software a user loads onto their phone – potentially making it an attractive prospect for indie developers scared of having their work stolen.)Video-game piracy, or “counterfeit games” as Microsoft puts it, has been a big issue in PC gaming for a long time.Many developers have sought to circumvent it by hard-coding impossible odds into their games, which are only solved by having a purchased activation code on your computer.(UPDATE: More than five days after we initially published this story and we still haven't heard anything back.If anyone from Microsoft reads this, please get in touch!