Installation and Upgrade Generic Product Keys to Install or Upgrade Windows 11 Editions

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Generic keys (aka: "default keys") for Windows 11 from Microsoft will allow you to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition you want, but will not activate it.

Using a generic key can be helpful if you wanted to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition for evaluation or testing on a PC or virtual machine, or just don't have a digital license or your genuine product key currently available and you will activate later when able.

If you do have a digital license linked to your Microsoft account for the specific Windows 11 edition associated to the PC, Windows will automatically be activated by the digital license if the PC is connected to the Internet.

This tutorial will provide you with a list of RTM (retail) and KMS generic keys (default keys) for all editions of Windows 11.


Windows 11 Edition
RTM Generic Key (retail)
Windows 11 HomeYTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
Windows 11 Home N4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM
Windows 11 Home Home Single LanguageBT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH
Windows 11 Home Country SpecificN2434-X9D7W-8PF6X-8DV9T-8TYMDPVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR
Windows 11 ProVK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66TW269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 11 Pro N2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKTMH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 11 Pro for WorkstationsDXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations NWYPNQ-8C467-V2W6J-TX4WX-WT2RQ9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
Windows 11 Pro Education8PTT6-RNW4C-6V7J2-C2D3X-MHBPB6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
Windows 11 Pro Education NGJTYN-HDMQY-FRR76-HVGC7-QPF8PYVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC
Windows 11 EducationYNMGQ-8RYV3-4PGQ3-C8XTP-7CFBYNW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 11 Education N84NGF-MHBT6-FXBX8-QWJK7-DRR8H2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 11 EnterpriseXGVPP-NMH47-7TTHJ-W3FW7-8HV2CNPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 11 Enterprise NWGGHN-J84D6-QYCPR-T7PJ7-X766FDPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 11 Enterprise GYYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
Windows 11 Enterprise G NFW7NV-4T673-HF4VX-9X4MM-B4H4T44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV
Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC 2019M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D
Windows 11 Enterprise N LTSC 201992NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Anyone can install Windows without a key. I do it as a VM. You just won't be able to personalize it. It will also be inactivated. How does a generic key differ from this?
 

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Anyone can install Windows without a key. I do it as a VM. You just won't be able to personalize it. It will also be inactivated. How does a generic key differ from this?
Yeah, but this is for those that want legitimacy and peace of mind. That's how they "differ" ;)
 

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Anyone can install Windows without a key. I do it as a VM. You just won't be able to personalize it. It will also be inactivated. How does a generic key differ from this?
In addition, a generic key can allow you to upgrade to another edition. For example: Home to Pro.

Just to point out, a generic key will never activate.
 

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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
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    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
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    Intel Iris Plus
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    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
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Just to point out, a generic key will never activate.
Hi Shawn, can you clarify this this bit. I "think" I understand why, but not sure or how to explain it. A link would be cool if possible.

Thanks :)
 

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    Radeon VII
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    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
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    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
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    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
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    Cooler Master H500M
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    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
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    Logitech Craft
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    Internet Speed
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Anyone can install Windows without a key. I do it as a VM. You just won't be able to personalize it. It will also be inactivated. How does a generic key differ from this?
If your computer or VM has an existing digital license, entering the generic product key will allow Windows to activate using the pre-existing digital license.
 

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It would be nice to see an info about duration of these non-activated keys and their /rearm - ability. Reason: a better choice of a key for a temporary Windows installation, for example, in test VM.
 

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It would be nice to see an info about duration of these non-activated keys and their /rearm - ability. Reason: a better choice of a key for a temporary Windows installation, for example, in test VM.

A generic key itself will not activate Windows, so there will not be a /rearm option available for them.

A generic key is basically just a tool used to allow installing or upgrading to a specific Windows 11 edition. As @NavyLCDR posted, if you have a digital license for the Windows 11 edition, it will then automatically get activated.
 

My Computers

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
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    Google Chrome
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1
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    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
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    3840 x 2160
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    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
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A generic key itself will not activate Windows, so there will not be a /rearm option available for them.

A generic key is basically just a tool used to allow installing or upgrading to a specific Windows 11 edition. As @NavyLCDR posted, if you have a digital license for the Windows 11 edition, it will then automatically get activated.
Very well, this defines the purpose of these keys and the limit of their usage. So, for test VM the best choice apparently will be the evaluation versions, either keys or preinstalled system on virtual disk which can be downloaded for different VMs. For example, I used the images specifically created for testing browsers, but they can be used for many other purposes.
 

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    16 GB (2x8 Corsair DDR4-2132)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GeForce 1050 Ti, 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 235PQ
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Windows 11: Samsung SSD 870 EVO, 500 GB (SATA), MBR
    Windows 8.1: Samsung SSD 980 PRO, 500 GB (M.2), MBR
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    Platimax D.F. 1050 W (80 Plus Platinum)
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Hello,

What is the difference between RTM and KMS?
RTM = Released To Manufacturing. It is the retail (or OEM) product key that home users use to activate personal copies of Windows with. In Windows 10/11, a RTM product key will result in a digital license which permanently activates Windows 10/11 on that computer. Note: in order to activate Windows 10/11 with the generic product key, there must be a digital license for Windows 10/11 created for that edition of Windows 10/11 saved on Microsoft activation servers for that specific computer.

KMS = Key Management Service. These are product keys that corporations use to activate their volume licensed software using their own activation servers. Activation via KMS is not permanent. The computer must contact the company's KMS server periodically to refresh activation, otherwise the activation will expire.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
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    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"
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You just won't be able to personalize it.
You can if you don't connect it to the internet and you know what settings you want.

Complete the install without the internet connected, make your changes to the layouts, colours, schemes, Start menu, Desktop, etc. Then when you connect to the internet and activation is unsuccessful (i.e. no key) THEN user changes will be blocked.
 

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RTM = Released To Manufacturing. It is the retail (or OEM) product key that home users use to activate personal copies of Windows with. In Windows 10/11, a RTM product key will result in a digital license which permanently activates Windows 10/11 on that computer. Note: in order to activate Windows 10/11 with the generic product key, there must be a digital license for Windows 10/11 created for that edition of Windows 10/11 saved on Microsoft activation servers for that specific computer.

KMS = Key Management Service. These are product keys that corporations use to activate their volume licensed software using their own activation servers. Activation via KMS is not permanent. The computer must contact the company's KMS server periodically to refresh activation, otherwise the activation will expire.
Okay, thanks for the clarification. @NavyLCDR
 

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Anyone can install Windows without a key. I do it as a VM. .... How does a generic key differ from this?
You are actually using a key when you skip entering one at install time, you just don't see it. Setup will install the appropriate generic key for the edition you choose to install.
 

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    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
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    i5 M 520
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    4GB
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    500GB HDD
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    Defender
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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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