‘Free’ Windows 10 upgrade: Could this be a honey trap set by Microsoft?
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Honey-trapping is also utilized in similar ways by private investigators, fraudsters, and espionage agents. Free, but is it risk-free? This makes me wonder what Microsoft is really up to by continuing to allow users to upgrade for free from Windows 7 to Windows
Honey-trapping is also utilized in similar ways by private investigators, fraudsters, and espionage agents. Free, but is it risk-free? This makes me wonder what Microsoft is really up to by continuing to allow users to upgrade for free from Windows 7 to Windows And given that almost 40 percent of personal computers are still running Windows 7 according to the latest analysis by web analytics vendor Net Applications, the need for upgrading many PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is still significant for companies of all sizes as well as home users.
The elephant in the room, of course, concerning this still-possible practice is this question: Is your computer properly licensed after being upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10? After all, none of us want the Microsoft licensing police to descend on our workplace wearing full S.
So what should the nervous administrator do? The confusion arises due to the fact that upgrading a Windows 7 machine today to Windows 10 using your existing product key for Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8. What would you like to do today? One might also be led to interpret that the whole free upgrade program from Microsoft was simply a marketing campaign and not some kind of legal contract. Still, will you be legally covered if you choose to take advantage of this back door upgrade process that Microsoft seems to have left open for Window 7 users?
And has this back door been left open by accident and oversight by Microsoft? Or have they left it open deliberately as some kind of honey trap?
This is not an idle concern for businesses still running Windows 7. Someone commented on one of the forums that if your bank makes an error and you suddenly find a million dollars in your account and you go out and spend it, you would likely be charged with defrauding the bank. So what then does Microsoft actually have to say about this? While not expressly saying anywhere I can find that such upgrades, while activated with a digital license are actually unlicensed, there are some pretty clear statements concerned businesses should take careful heed of.
Is the Windows 10 free upgrade offer still available? Successful activation does not confirm that the software is genuine or properly licensed. After all, if Microsoft ever decides to prosecute your business for breaching their licensing terms, you could be liable for a fine of up to grand. Free Windows 10 upgrade: Sweet deal or honey trap? Let me end with two final comments. First I heard a while back from some colleague that the above may not apply to Windows 7 systems purchased recently within the last couple of years because most Windows 7 computers purchased within the last three years also have legitimate Windows 10 licenses.
And second, a colleague forwarded me a comment he had read online on some forum that said you can still upgrade for free from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional by setting up a Microsoft Business trial for up to 25 PCs on your network. Then when the trial period ends after 30 days you can terminate the trial if you decide not to purchase a subscription and your PCs which are now running Windows 10 Professional will remain in a properly licensed state.
Meanwhile, watch out: Free upgrades can be alluring, but they just might be honey traps. Post Views: Could this be a honey trap set by Microsoft? Author Mitch Tulloch Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud technologies who has written more than a thousand articles and has authored or been series editor for over 50 books for Microsoft Press.
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