If you have any illegally downloaded games, you may be in for a shock when you push the button on that free Windows 10 upgrade you naughty pirate. According to the terms and conditions or EULA (End User License Agreement), Microsoft will have the right to disable pirated titles they detect on your system. Take a look:
“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”
Unauthorised hardware and dodgy peripherals are also on their watch list, so that could be an issue for anyone with a hacked controller. There’s no mention of popular Microsoft programs like Office or Excel, but it’s highly possible they could be included in the new dragnet.
It’s hard to see Microsoft’s new version of windows going to this much trouble to detect pirated software for all games. At the very least though, we imagine they’ll be looking to vehemently defend their own published titles. If the detection proves to be reliable, we can see how other big publishers will be keen for Microsoft to ensure their titles are protected from pirates too.
If you want to learn more about gaming with Windows 10, check out Carl’s recent guide: Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch.
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Thanks to Alphr.com.