Solved Can I downgrade a new Win11 PC to Win10 for free?


KenY7744

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I will be getting a new Dell desktop PC with Win11 Home. Will I be able to downgrade it to Win10 without having to pay for a new Win10 license?
 

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Yes
 

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    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
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    32GB
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Please see this thread:

 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    Built by Ghot®
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
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    up to 2048 x 1536
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    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
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    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
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    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
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    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
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    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
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    100/100
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    Firefox 3.x ??
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    Symantec (Norton)
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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If the new device is on Intels 12th gen CPU with Little.Big architecture, I don't recommend downgrading to Windows 10. Windows 11 supports these CPUs 100% while 10 only has partial support and can get confused in certain scenarios. So keep that in mind.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro build 10.0.25115.1000 (Dev Channel)
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    Laptop
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    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
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    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
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    65W
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    Thinkpad
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    Logitech MX Master 2S
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    400/100Mbit
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    WSA: Installed
    SecureBoot: Enabled
    TPM2.0: Enabled
    AMD-V: Enabled
    VBS: Enabled
    HVCI: Enabled
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME Z270-A
    Memory
    32GB 2x4GB 2133MHz CL15
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    PSU
    850W
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    Fractal Design Define 7
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    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black
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Win 11 is fast becoming like Win 8 - lots are downgrading... :p
Actually, I do not think this is true - like all things a small portion downgrade but vast majority of public probably do not even know how to.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    1920x1080
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KenY7744

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Win 11 is fast becoming like Win 8 - lots are downgrading... :p
Seems like the pattern is holding: One very good OS followed by a not-very-good OS. To wit: XP was good. Vista was not. Win7 was good. Win 8.x was not. Win10 was good. Win11, not so much. Half-baked, not well thought out. It might yet morph into a decent OS, but right now I'd like to stick with Win10 until such time or the clock runs out in 2025.
 

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    Intel i7
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    8Gb
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KenY7744

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If the new device is on Intels 12th gen CPU with Little.Big architecture, I don't recommend downgrading to Windows 10. Windows 11 supports these CPUs 100% while 10 only has partial support and can get confused in certain scenarios. So keep that in mind.
Thanks. I don't think my new PC will have a 12th gen CPU.
 

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    Intel i7
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    Dell
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    8Gb
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KenY7744

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So... just install Win10 on a formatted drive from install created by Media Creation Tool? And will it automatically activate via digital product code?
 

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    Windows 11 (Insider)
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    Dell
    CPU
    Intel i7
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    Dell
    Memory
    8Gb
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    Intel Iris Plus
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    Realtek
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    laptop display
    Hard Drives
    256Gb SSD
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    laptop
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Bree

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Win 11 is fast becoming like Win 8 - lots are downgrading... :p
Not everyone, apparently. The latest AdDuplex report for February 2022 shows Windows 11 on 19.3% of the world's W10/11 PCs, only just behind Windows 10 version 21H2 at 21%.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB HDD
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Win 11 is fast becoming like Win 8 - lots are downgrading... :p
I don't think Windows 11 got the open arms reception that MS was expecting to see.
 

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    Windows 11
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    PowerSpec B746
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    Intel Core i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
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    Logitech K270
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    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
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    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
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    15.6"
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    1920x1080
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    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
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Half-baked, not well thought out. It might yet morph into a decent OS
I like Windows 11, but I truly believe that MS jumped the gun when they released it to the public. They should have given the Insiders more time to test it so the OS could have been more developed. I honestly think that MS released before being ready so that it would help increase the sales of new devices in time for the holidays.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
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    Logitech K270
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    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
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    1920x1080
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    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
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Winuser

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Not everyone, apparently. The latest AdDuplex report for February 2022 shows Windows 11 on 19.3% of the world's W10/11 PCs, only just behind Windows 10 version 21H2 at 21%.
When it comes to surveys, I always take them with a grain of salt. The first thing I always ask myself is, who took the survey and what do they have to gain from it. Even if the numbers are correct that doesn't mean that everyone who is running Windows 11 because they wanted Windows 11. They could have purchased a new device that just happened to have Windows 11 installed. They could have seen the option to upgrade from Windows 10 and thought that they had to upgrade. There's no way to know the true numbers of those who are running Windows 11 because they wanted to.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
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    15.6"
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    1920x1080
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    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
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    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
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Bree

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I like Windows 11, but I truly believe that MS jumped the gun when they released it to the public. They should have given the Insiders more time to test it so the OS could have been more developed.
I agree. The latest Dev build now has some of the features that were notably absent in the retail release: Drag and Drop to a running app on the taskbar, and combining apps in groups on Start, for example.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Even if Win 11 had no bugs and worked perfectly, The new GUI throws off those that hate change. The same happened with Win 10.
 

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So... just install Win10 on a formatted drive from install created by Media Creation Tool? And will it automatically activate via digital product code?
Your digital license will be in the device's firmware so yeah.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Beta, 11 Dev, W10 VHDX Triple Boot
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R6
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
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    1 x Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    1 x Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB

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So... just install Win10 on a formatted drive from install created by Media Creation Tool? And will it automatically activate via digital product code?
Your digital license will be in the device's firmware so yeah.
Just to be clear, and to state it in the terms as Microsoft use them, what is stored in the firmware is the Product Key, and this is agnostic as far as W11 or W10 is concerned. The key is valid for Windows 10/11.

A Digital Licence is what is stored on Microsoft's activation servers and is linked to the Hardware ID of the PC. Every PC that has had 10 or 11 installed and activated has a Digital Licence on the activation servers. This Digital Licence is also agnostic, and will activate a clean install of the same edition (Home or Pro) whether it is 10 or 11.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Just to be clear, and to state it in the terms as Microsoft use them, what is stored in the firmware is the Product Key, and this is agnostic as far as W11 or W10 is concerned. The key is valid for Windows 10/11.

A Digital Licence is what is stored on Microsoft's activation servers and is linked to the Hardware ID of the PC. Every PC that has had 10 or 11 installed and activated has a Digital Licence on the activation servers. This Digital Licence is also agnostic, and will activate a clean install of the same edition (Home or Pro) whether it is 10 or 11.
Yeah oops, terminology fopar
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Beta, 11 Dev, W10 VHDX Triple Boot
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R6
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    1 x Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB
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