Cannot buy Windows 11 retail version

Keith Weisshar

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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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    Digital Storm
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    Intel Core i9 9900K 3.8GH
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    ASUS Z390 Maximus XI Hero Wi-Fi
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    16GB DDR4 2666MHz
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    NVIDIA RTX 2060
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    Realtek Onboard
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    ASUS VG-245H
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    WD Black SN750 2TB
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    SteelSeries Apex M750
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    SteelSeries Sensei 310
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NavyLCDR

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

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    Windows 11
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    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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    Fast!

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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.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    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.

Keith Weisshar

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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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Digital Storm
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 9900K 3.8GH
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z390 Maximus XI Hero Wi-Fi
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 2060
    Sound Card
    Realtek Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VG-245H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black SN750 2TB
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF-932
    Cooling
    Air
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex M750
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei 310
    Internet Speed
    Gigabit
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

Bree

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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 ;)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    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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