This applies to all software not just windows itself.
It also includes 'cracks' of such software as KaZaA. In doing the crack, the 'cracker' has broken the 'End User Licence Agreement' (EULA) of the product.
Bank robbers get out of the bank after stealing some money, jump in the getaway car, and around the corner, they run into a road block and are carted off to the Judge.
The Robbers are convicted of stealing in one of its forms and the driver of the getaway car is convicted of 'Aiding and Abetting' the robbers in their crime.
We are in a similar position to that driver of that getaway car; if we assist a criminal (the person who is breaking the law) with his crime, we are then Aiding and Abetting that crime.
So if you have an illegal copy of window (any version - or any other software) and we find out, we will not be able to assist you with your problems until you have purchased a legal copy of that software.
Please do not take this as an assault on you individually and please do not try to change the mind of the expert who is working with you.
To all those wishing to join the University this rule applies to you as well. You are admitted on the Honor system. We expect you to live by the same rules we set on those who come here for our help. If it is later found that you are running an illegal copy of Windows or cracked software on your computer you will be removed from the University.