If you have updated your Windows machine with Windows 10, Microsoft can block pirated games installed from The Pirate Bay and other torrent websites. Moreover, it can also disable illegal hardware. The latest End User Licence Agreement by Microsoft states that Windows can disable illegal hardware and software.
Under the new clause 7b for Europe, under 'Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to These Terms', reads:
"Sometimes you'll need software updates to keep using the Services. 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."
These terms don't just apply to Windows 10, they also cover other Microsoft services and software, such as Skype, Office 365, Xbox Live, and several more.
Recently, Microsoft had added a clause in its Release 10240 EULA that said, “By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.” According to this addition to the clause, you will no longer get options such as ‘choose when to reboot’, ‘choose when to download and install’ and ‘never check for updates’, which you were familiar with in Windows 8.1. Windows 10 updates will be downloaded and installed automatically.
Currently Windows 10 is running on 14 million machines. Microsoft has already dropped three updates for the software which was released earlier this month.
..... Devashree Goenka