Microsoft quashed its Windows Live Games in support of Steam with Windows 10.
While Microsoft blocking pirated games/software seems understandable but its unclear what Microsoft means by ‘unauthorised hardware peripheral devices’.
According to the report, section 7b or ‘Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to These Terms’ under EULA states that Microsoft, “may automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised hardware peripheral devices.” With Windows 10 already running on over 14 million machines, it is still uncertain how Microsoft will be able to disable counterfeit or cracked software which includes its own Office suite.
Updating pirated programs
Game Spot has asked Microsoft for a statement clarifying the policy and will update this story when it has been issued.
[UPDATE ENDS]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.
The problem with this that a user might not even know when the update will take place and Microsoft has denied users the choice to say no to an update.
While PC games have been heavily cracked and distributed across various channels, popular video game streaming service like Steam have been gaining strengths.
Some of that information is a serial number used to identify and operate that particular software.
When the company notices that the serial number used to update is one that has been pirated or even used on many different computers all over the world, they will have record of your personal information and could prosecute you for theft of their software.
As for other software, regular updates are almost always crucial.
Web browsers, for example, should always be kept up to date as they usually improve security enhancements, among other important or convenient enhancements.
Although it is not clear what is meant by "unauthorised hardware peripheral devices," controllers that have been modified to provide unfair advantages in games are the most probable target of this clause.