Windows 10 Can Find and Disable Pirated Games


Microsoft has updated its Windows 10 end user license agreement, revealing the latest version of its operating system is capable of identifying whether counterfeit software or unauthorised hardware is running, and disable it.

As brought to light by Alphr, section 7B of the EULA explains Microsoft’s ability to immobilise pirated software and hardware.

“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 unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”

It’s worth clarifying that this isn’t a full hunt for all desktop software. Microsoft’s Services Agreement doesn’t cover Steam itself, or any other third-party desktop apps you have on your computer. It does, however, include all Xbox and Windows Games published by Microsoft.

Among Windows 10’s gaming oriented features is the ability to stream Xbox One games to the PC via the Xbox Gaming application. Additionally, Microsoft’s has announced a number of games for PC including Fable Legends, which supports cross-play with Xbox One, and Halo Wars 2.

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