Does Windows 10 disable pirated software? Wait a minute
A new rumor is surfing the internet. The one about Section 7 (b) in the Microsoft Services Agreement. It says:
Sometimes, in order to continue to use the Services, you will need to update the software. We can automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that do not allow you to access the Services, play pirated games or use unauthorized peripherals. Also, in order to continue to use the Services, you may be required to update the software. Such updates are governed by these Terms, unless otherwise accompanied by other conditions. In this case, such other conditions apply. Microsoft is not obligated to provide any updates and does not guarantee support for the version of the system in which the software is used under license. Such updates may not be compatible with third-party software or services. You may withdraw your consent to receive future software updates at any time by uninstalling the software.
The source of this “story,” it seems, is an article on the Alphr website that states that “Redmond can disable your pirated games and hacked devices,” as well as “Microsoft has patched DRM directly into the Windows 10 kernel.”
What does this mean? No, remove your foil caps. This does not draw on history, especially on a new one.
Is this not new?
Well, this is written right at the top:
Date of publication: June 4, 2015. Effective:
August 1, 2015.
What kind of agreements, statements and so on?
Microsoft License Terms : specifically for Windows (10)
Microsoft Privacy Statement : applies to all Microsoft products Microsoft
Services Agreement : applies to those products that are described in the Agreement.
Does Microsoft Services Agreement apply to Windows 10
The Microsoft Services Agreement does not apply to Windows 10
This is written in Section 1.b (i) - Additional Microsoft License Terms that you agree to during the installation of Windows 10:
Now compare and look at the difference with the Microsoft Privacy Statement, which is discussed in Section 3 - Privacy. Consent to the use of data.
Your privacy is important to us. Some software components provide for sending or receiving data when using it. Many of these components can be disabled in the user interface or not used at all. By accepting the terms of this agreement and using the software, you agree that Microsoft may collect, use and disclose information as described in the Microsoft Privacy Statement (aka.ms/privacy), as well as as described in the user interface associated with with software components.
What then does Section 7 (b) mean?
Here is what I see in the list of services:
- Microsoft Xbox and Windows Games
- Xbox live
I think it's clear that Section 7 (b) talks about “pirated games” and “unauthorized peripherals” because it was written with respect to the Microsoft gaming platform and related intellectual property on Xbox and Windows.
Interestingly enough, the current list of services does not even mention the Windows Store, although it is described in section 14 (b).