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The description contains how you can find a free, cheaper or less expensive or more expensive way to get Windows 11 activation key.

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Quick Tip: You can spend a lot of money on a new computer or "laptop", or on new hardware, but you can't use it without operating system (OS).

It is good to know that Microsoft offers a free Windows operating system, but does not offer a free activation key. This key can still be purchased on the Microsoft website, or you can purchase a Windows key from another vendor that specializes in selling legal activation keys, or you can obtain a legal license from a computer store or service center.

As a free alternative, you can use the Linux system, for which you don't have to pay anything, and you can use the newer version for free at any time, but most users prefer Windows because it runs all their favorite programs, including the latest version.

Just as your computer (laptop) needs a Windows operating system to use it, so does your Windows operating system need a legal activation license key. Without activation, the system only works with limited services during use.

Why you will need to use Windows:

  1. – Microsoft Windows 11 system ISO file.
  2. – Activation license key.

Microsoft Windows 11 system ISO file:

1.) The ISO file can be downloaded from the Microsoft website completely free of charge, then it can be written to a USB data carrier from which it can be installed immediately. If you do not enter a valid activation key during installation, only a limited period can be used, usually one month.

Activation license key:

2.) Without it, a watermark with "Windows is not activated" will appear in the lower right corner of the desktop screen. Additionally, you cannot change the customization settings in the Settings menu. This means that you cannot select personal icons on the desktop (eg This PC (MyComputer), User Files, etc.). You cannot use wallpapers, slide show backgrounds, you cannot change the Start menu, taskbar, action center, or title bar colors, light or dark color schemes, fonts, or screen lock options. Activating Windows 11 ensures that you have a legal copy, so "not activated", it's no wonder Microsoft doesn't provide technical support.

Purchased activation license key:

There are several ways to get a Windows 11 activation product key and it can range from completely free, to a very large amount, depending on the version of Windows you want to use. Of course, can buy a key from Microsoft online, but there are other sites that sell Windows keys at lower prices, or you may install Windows without a key and not activate it.

Options for free Windows 11:

  1. – Free upgrade with remaining key from Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  2. – Installation without activation key.
  3. – Discount for schools and teachers on "Clean Software".
  4. – Buy cheap key from a third party.
  5. – Key purchase from Microsoft.

Free update with remaining key from Windows 7, 8 or 10:

ADVANTAGES: If you already have a Windows 7, 8 or 10 product key, you can upgrade to Windows 11 for free, and then activate with a key from one of the older operating systems. Can only be used on one computer.

To do this, if your computer is compatible with Windows 10, but you have an old Windows 7, 8, 10 system installed (after backing up important data, of course), simply open the Microsoft website Windows 11 and click the "Download Now" button. Upgrading to Windows 11 ...

click the Download Now button

Keep in mind that if you recently had a major hardware replacement on your computer (such as a motherboard), it may not find the license, as it will look for the key in the BIOS or registry during the upgrade.

Quick Tip: In this case reinstall the old operating system and start Windows update again.

DISADVANTAGES: Using a very old Windows key to activate Windows 11 can cause complications during installation or activation, if Microsoft is not sure it is legal. In this case, Windows will display a phone number that you need to call and enter the key and get the code.

If you do not activate Windows during installation:

If you don't have a valid key, you can still use Windows on your computer for free. During installation, when the installation system prompts you to enter a valid Windows key, click the "I do not have a product key" link at the bottom of the window. In this case, the installation will continue and can be used for 30 days without activation.

click the I don't have a product key link

Disadvantages of not activating the system:

If the user installs the system without activation, a "Windows not activated" watermark will appear on the desktop, as well as restricting Windows customization options, as you read above.

Discount available for schools and teachers:

According to the Clean Software Program, you can find information about free use of Windows and Office installation kits in the education system. For more information, ask the school where you belong.

The use of the required license key is set for a period of validity, which usually lasts from March this year to February of the following year and can be applied again from March 1 of each year.

Buy a cheap key from a third party:

Because these activation keys can be obtained very cheaply (for a fraction of the price offered by Microsoft on some websites), it is suspected that they are fake licenses, ie illegal. The most famous commercial site is Kinguin...

A Kinguin sells hundreds of thousands of keys

Although the integrity of every website cannot be guaranteed, we should assume that websites that sell cheaper Windows keys will sell legitimate code because they receive it from wholesalers who have redundant copies of Windows.

Quick Tip: Many old computers and laptops are promoted for free collection, so you don't have to take them to an official waste collection point. If it's offered for free with a product key, try it if it works with an upgrade to Windows 10. If it's not enabled by the old owner, you're in luck. You have a free key instead of spending a larger amount.

This is not a black market. This is just another market, where at the time a company bought up to hundreds of Windows 7, 8, 10 or 11 license keys, but when the computer fleet was replaced, these keys remained in excess because newer computers they came with a new system preinstalled. Companies with millions of monthly income do not deal with leftover money (dollars, euros), so resellers buy almost free, and subsequently sent in the hope of a small profit.

Kinguin dealers sell "hundreds of thousands" of keys, not one or two bought from simple sellers. Audit authorities randomly purchase a key "from time to time" to ensure that they are legal. Of course buyers can receive a key that has been resold, however, the customer service of the merchant who sold the legitimate key (for example, Kinguin) will help and provide a new one.

With a key purchased from similar companies like Kinguin (or Amazon, Newegg, etc.), you won't have a problem because Microsoft still provides 24/7 technical support online and over the phone, even if you bought the Windows key from elsewhere, and not from Microsoft, just make sure it's a legitimate site.

What to pay special attention to:

No matter where you get the product key, do not download the Windows ISO file from a site other than Microsoft, as there may be many malicious codes and programs embedded in the ISO file. The original Windows is released by Microsoft or an authorized partner. Non-genuine software carries a higher risk of malware, fraud, disclosure of personal information and poor performance.

Quick Tip: Don't buy from a merchant running a website that doesn't offer a refund policy to replace an unusable key or a refund for software keys.

Buy a key from Microsoft:

If you want to avoid buying an unusable key, or want a full refund of the purchase price, even if there is no problem with the key, the best solution is to buy it from the Microsoft website.

Disadvantages of buying from Microsoft:

Microsoft sells most licenses, despite the high prices, and yet you get the same operating system as if you bought it cheaper from another reseller, plus the premium price doesn't give you extra quality support. Microsoft's phone and 24-hour online support are available to anyone with a Windows key, even those who haven't purchased it from Microsoft.

What is the best way to get an activation key?

If you have an old Windows key, you can get a newer version of Windows 11 for free by transferring that key from an earlier version. This is the best solution.

If you don't have a key at hand, you need to decide whether it's okay to use an inactive version of Windows that limits customization, has a watermark on your desktop, and doesn't have Microsoft support.

If none of these meet your expectations, plus you want a completely secure system, buy a key from Microsoft.