Windows 11 has been available for almost a full year now, but surprisingly, it hasn’t been officially available to buy as a digital product key from Microsoft. Now, that has finally changed.
PCMag noted that Microsoft now sells Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro as product keys in the Microsoft Store. Prices are identical to their Windows 10 equivalents: Home is $139.00, while Pro is $199.99. Until now, the only official way to buy a copy of Windows 11 was on a USB drive. Although many PCs come with a Windows product key, the option to purchase one is still useful for people building their own computers or anyone using Windows in a virtual machine.
Microsoft did not sell specifically labeled product keys for Windows 11, but you can perform a fresh install with a Windows 10 product key. for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. In fact, according to reports, Windows 7 keys can still be used to activate Windows 11.
Microsoft is quick to point out on product pages that you still need a PC that meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. You can skip some of the more stringent requirements, but older PCs may struggle. There is also no 32-bit version of Windows 11, unlike Windows 10.
Although technically you could already buy a key to activate Windows 11 from Microsoft, a Windows 10 key, the new store pages make it clear that you won’t have any problems with the newer operating system.
Via: PC Mag