Solved Cannot buy Windows 11 retail version


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Why can't I buy Windows 11 retail version yet? It's not available on Microsoft Store website or any of the retailer's website. Microsoft and other retail stores is still selling the old Windows 10 retail box with USB but nothing for Windows 11. What if I need to sell the old PC including the original copy of Windows 10 and then use an iPad with Safari browser to buy Windows 11 and all the components to build a new Windows 11 PC.
 

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Just buy a Windows 10 retail. The same product key activates Windows 10 and 11.
 

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Why can't I buy Windows 11 retail version yet? It's not available on Microsoft Store website or any of the retailer's website. Microsoft and other retail stores is still selling the old Windows 10 retail box with USB but nothing for Windows 11.

I'm sure MS will get round to it soon, but actually it doesn't matter. Just buy Windows 10. The only important part of what you buy is the Product key. And a Windows 10 product key will activate Windows 11 too. The USB to install Windows 11 or Windows 10 is free to download from Microsoft.

What if I need to sell the old PC including the original copy of Windows 10

That's not a problem either. Once you have used the key to activate Windows 10 or Windows 11 on the PC the key is no longer needed. The PC has a digital license for the edition you installed (Home or Pro) stored on Microsoft's activation servers and linked to the unique hardware ID of the PC. Should a new owner wish to do a clean reinstall of Windows they can download it from Microsoft and perform a clean install of the same edition as it had before. When asked for a key click 'I don't have one'. As soon as it can connect to the activation servers it will activate from the PC's existing digital license.
 

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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.
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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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Should I still keep the old retail Windows 10 read-only USB flash drive with v1809 even after installing it temporarily to connect to the internet to download and run the Windows 11 media creation tool to another blank USB flash drive unless I have access to another working PC to do so?
 

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Should I still keep the old Windows 10 read-only retail USB with v1809 in a safe place even after installing Windows 11 from another read/write USB created with the Media Creation tool?
The one thing that is important to keep is the product key that it came with. Being a Retail key it is transferable to another machine. The Retail EULA allows this, provided you have removed Windows from the PC you first used it on. Keep any proof of purchase too, it will be asked for if you need to contact Microsoft should activation not work on a subsequent use of the key.

The usb itself has no particular value, you could always download another (and newer) one should you need it. It makes a nice ornament though, having the Microsoft name on it :wink:
 

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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.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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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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Just buy a Windows 10 key from eBay, a hell of a lot cheaper than retail. Like @Bree says, the licence is transferable. I've done this a few times, and it's worked fine.
 

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Just buy a Windows 10 key from eBay, a hell of a lot cheaper than retail. Like @Bree says, the licence is transferable. I've done this a few times, and it's worked fine.
I would not recommend that, MS could decide to revoke it at any time they feel like it and you'd have no rights.
 

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I would not recommend that, MS could decide to revoke it at any time they feel like it and you'd have no rights.
Perfectly legitimate to transfer the software to another device. So no reason for Microsoft to deactivate it, in fact to do so would put them in breach of the license terms. You can read the license in Settings, About.

"Last updated June 2021
MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS
WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM
4 b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices."
 

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They're probably trying to get rid of all the Windows 10 disks they have in warehouses before releasing the Windows 11 disks.
 

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Perfectly legitimate to transfer the software to another device. So no reason for Microsoft to deactivate it, in fact to do so would put them in breach of the license terms. You can read the license in Settings, About.

"Last updated June 2021
MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS
WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM
4 b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices."
While you can that doesn't mean you should. There's a chance that key has been sold more than one time and the number of activation will be maxed out.


But it's not my money.. 🤷‍♂️
 

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I would not recommend that, MS could decide to revoke it at any time they feel like it and you'd have no rights.

While you can that doesn't mean you should. There's a chance that key has been sold more than one time and the number of activation will be maxed out.


But it's not my money.. 🤷‍♂️
Here's the thing with Windows 10 product keys. Let's say you pay $4.99 for it. It only has to work once. Once you activate Windows 10 or Windows 11 and get the digital license, the product key becomes useless (for that computer). Change the product key to the generic product key for that edition of Windows. There is no evidence that Microsoft is attaching specific product keys to digital licenses. If Microsoft does block the product in the future, the digital license with the generic product key installed on the computer should be unaffected.
 

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I built up a compatible desktop pc and got a W10 pro 64 system builder licence, OEM, sealed with DVD and product key. This is not transferable to any other pc like a retail version, but works like the type that you would get with a pre built or laptop. At present, I am waiting for Microsoft to get around to offering me the W11 upgrade. As I already have an ISO of W11 on DVD, downloaded direct from Microsoft, I am tempted to just do a clean install and not keep checking updates in settings.
 

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Not sure it's considered retail guess it is but I did find win-11 pro good for 5 installs on the same key cheap to.

I've use the key 3 times so far x99-x299-z490 systems and forth old acer q9550 not yet since it hasn't connected to the internet yet to do it plus update.
 

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This question has been asked on the Microsoft Community site. The consultants said that at one time Windows 10 retail went on sale, 6 months after the release. Probably, Windows 11 retail will also appear 6 months after the release of the final version.
 

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Note that the cheap keys discussed here are real keys, but purchased with stolen money. Or keys for OEM versions, which were bought somewhere in excess of the required number. The fact of activation does not always make the operating system legal. Activation and license are not the same thing. What matters is how you purchased your copy of Windows. Only documents confirming the purchase of a copy from an official seller or from Microsoft can confirm the legality.
This can be, for example, a branded USB flash, a receipt, an email, a product key card. Microsoft advises that keys are never sold separately, except in one case, when printed on the product key card.

Microsoft has not yet started selling Windows 11 retail licenses, so keys sold on the Internet are most likely Windows 10 keys. with cheap deals on the internet. In addition, these keys can be banned
 

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Note that the cheap keys discussed here are real keys, but purchased with stolen money. Or keys for OEM versions, which were bought somewhere in excess of the required amount. The fact of activation does not always make the operating system legal. Activation and license are not the same thing. What matters is how you purchased your copy of Windows. Only documents confirming the purchase of a copy from an official seller or from Microsoft can confirm the legality.
This can be, for example, a USB flash, a receipt, an email, a product key card. Microsoft advises that keys are never sold separately, except in one case, when printed on the product key card.

Microsoft has not yet started selling Windows 11 retail licenses, so keys sold on the Internet are most likely Windows 10 keys. with cheap deals on the internet. In addition, these keys can be banned
You can use a Win10, Win8, Win8.1 or Win7 key to activate 11.. so you don't have to buy an 11 key
 

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    Banna Junior 7000 - X Series
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair VII Hero, X470
    Memory
    Gskill 32GB, 16GBX2 PC3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VP28UQG 28" 4K, Viotek 32" 1080p
    Screen Resolution
    4K 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Primary Samsung 256 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA BQ 700w 80+ Bronze
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    NZXT 510
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    Stock AMD cooler
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    Corsair
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    Amazon Generic with Cord
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    MS - Defender

Alexxxx

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Для активации 11.можно использовать ключ Win10, Win8, Win8.1 или Win7. таким образом, вам не нужно
In this case, Windows 11 will not be eligible for transfer. (Yes, and I, for example, do not have keys from 8, 8.1 and 10 ...)
 

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BunnyJ

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In this case, Windows 11 will not be eligible for transfer. (Yes, and I, for example, do not have keys from 8, 8.1 and 10 ...)
You can purchase a key for 10
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 25145.1011 - Dev Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Banna Junior 7000 - X Series
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair VII Hero, X470
    Memory
    Gskill 32GB, 16GBX2 PC3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VP28UQG 28" 4K, Viotek 32" 1080p
    Screen Resolution
    4K 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Primary Samsung 256 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA BQ 700w 80+ Bronze
    Case
    NZXT 510
    Cooling
    Stock AMD cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair
    Mouse
    Amazon Generic with Cord
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    Download: 350.50 mbps Upload: 12.02 mbps Ping: 15ms
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NavyLCDR

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In this case, Windows 11 will not be eligible for transfer. (Yes, and I, for example, do not have keys from 8, 8.1 and 10 ...)
Yes, it will. You can transfer Windows 11 with a Windows 10 Product Key, and you can transfer a digital license from an old computer to a new computer (through a Microsoft Account). In fact, you can even transfer a digital license from an activated Virtual Machine to a physical computer through a Microsoft Account. Windows 10 and Windows 11 use IDENTICAL product keys and digital licenses.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
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Dru2

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I know a Windows 7 key still works to activate 10 so I'm thinking it'll also activate 11?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 (22000.778)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro Dev 22H2 (build 25140.1000)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1
    CPU
    Intel i7-7600U
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16igg
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 620
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0 WQHD OLED Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe Drive (OEM)
    PSU
    laptop
    Case
    laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop cooling
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
    Keyboard
    Laptop
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
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