You can now (officially) buy a Windows 11 key from Microsoft

Windows 11 has been available for almost a year, but surprisingly, it wasn’t officially available for purchase as a digital product key from Microsoft. Today, that has finally changed.

PCMag reported that Microsoft is now selling Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro as product keys on the Microsoft Store. The prices are identical to their Windows 10 equivalents: the Family version costs 145 euros, while the Pro version costs 259 euros.

Until now, the only official way to buy a copy of Windows 11 was on a USB stick. Even though 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 does not sell product keys specifically labeled for Windows 11, but you can do a clean install using a Windows 10 product key. The same situation happened in the early days of Windows 10, when many people successfully to install it using keys intended for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

In fact, Windows 7 keys can apparently still be used to activate Windows 11.

You’ll still need a compatible PC

Microsoft is quick to point out in the product pages that you still need a PC that meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. You can bypass some of the stricter requirements, but older PCs may run into problems. There is also no 32-bit version of Windows 11, unlike Windows 10.

Although you can technically 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 brand new operating system.

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