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Windows 10 is programmed to seek and disable pirated games

Windows 10

A new update to the Windows 10 EULA reveals the OS’s ability to immobilise pirated software. The newly changed section 7B describes how Microsoft can investigate software to check its version, and then download configuration changes. Should they be needed, these changes can prevent the software from working completley. 

“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 unauthorised hardware peripheral devices,” the reads section 7B of Windows 10’s EULA.

It’s clear then that Windows 10 has systems that can scan your installed programs and detect pirated software, and then stop that software from working. Pirated games will be rendered useless by Microsoft’s new code.

The EULA also notes that “unauthorised hardware peripheral devices” will also be disabled, which is a more unusual subject that pirated software. It’s not clear if this refers to fake and imitation products, or things like modified controllers that grant the user an unfair edge.


Thanks, Gamespot.