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:
    Some Windows applications provide access to web services or are dependent on web services, and the use of such web services is sometimes subject to separate terms and privacy policies, such as the Microsoft Services Agreement, which is published on the website ( msa). You can view these terms and conditions in the terms of use section of the service or in the application settings (if applicable). Services may not be available in all areas.

    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 (, as well as as described in the user interface associated with with software components.

    The Microsoft Services Use Agreement at the very end lists the services to which the terms of use apply. This list does not have Windows 10.
    These Terms (the “Terms”) govern the use of Microsoft consumer products, websites and services, the list of which is provided here (“the Services”). Many of these products were previously governed by separate terms that had different names, for example, “Xbox Live Terms of Use” or “Skype Terms of Use”. These Terms supersede these individual terms. You accept these Terms by creating a Microsoft account or Skype account using the Services or continuing to use the Services after you have been notified of changes to these Terms.

    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).

    Source: Reddit

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