With Windows 11, Microsoft is launching a new acquisition and distribution system: contrary to what has been done for nearly 40 years, the operating system can no longer be purchased. Why is that? Because the OS is free for those who already have a Windows 10 license.
If you Connect your desktop computer yourselfYou will probably need a Windows license (unless of course you choose another operating system). And starting from Windows 11 which has just been released, why not directly select the new version of the operating system?
With Windows 11, Microsoft is making an unexpected change: The operating system cannot be purchased separately. Of course, manufacturers can obtain a Windows 11 license to integrate the OS into their computer. But for companies, for individuals, Microsoft does not license Windows 11, Authorization license Full installation of the operating system by ISO image.
Windows 11 license can no longer be purchased
36 years ago, Microsoft released a new operating system. Its name, you are sure: Windows. Although it is possible to purchase software on physical media (floppy disks), the Windows distribution system has evolved over time. We went from CD-ROM to DVD, then to a bootable USB key or to a simple license number bought on the web. But anyway, it is still possible to purchase a license for the latest version of Windows… to this day.
Indeed, on the Microsoft site, there is no way to obtain a Windows 11 license. No activation code, no physical medium, as it was at the beginning of Windows 10 … Information from a Microsoft spokesperson was confirmed to us today, At an event organized by the Redmond Giant in central Paris.
But be sure you can still buy Windows 10. And here is the essence of the process: To get Windows 11 you need to get a Windows 10 license. Obtaining a Windows 11 license is ultimately painless and transparent, as the new operating system is free for owners of an older version.
Therefore, By purchasing Windows 10 you will get Windows 11. The activation code is valid in both cases. So, do not be afraid if you have to install the operating system on a computer or a PC without an operating system (yes, it is possible).
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