Windows 10: Disabling Pirated Software On Your Computer

For those who have loaded cracked, or pirated software on their PC’s, they may want to wait before accepting Microsoft’s free update to Windows 10.

According to Microsoft’s latest End User License Agreement, or EULA, under section 7b, the software “may automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.” This change to the terms of use applies to all hardware that has Windows installed on it, including laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

While it is clear that the EULA’s terminology of “counterfeit games” refers to hacked, or pirated video games, the definition of “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices” is not specifically defined. It likely speaks of third-party tools or software, but to what extent that Windows might permit or forbid such utilities, remains to be seen. This could mean that PlayStation controllers, which some PC users have come to rely upon for their gaming, may be out of luck, being forced to use X-Box controllers, instead.

This form of built-in DRM, or “digital rights management,” can also give software developers a breath of fresh air, allowing them the chance to create content with a reduced risk of piracy to their respective intellectual property.

As of this writing, Microsoft has yet comment, or elaborate on this condition within the EULA agreement.

Does this invasion of privacy bother you? Without incriminating yourself, would this affect anything you have loaded on your computer? As always, let us know in the comments below.

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