Windows 11 Licensing


MrGandalf

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Is there any clear licensing white papers floating around on how the license aspect will work with Win 11. I'm hearing all kinds of bizarre rumors about it. i've heard if you have an OEM license, that will count as 2 licenses which really doesn't make sense from a business perspective. Any clear links or articles that someone can point us to would be great.

I'm NOT talking about any shady KMS licenses or any other circumvents. Just legitimate and official.
 

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AFIK it will be the same as Windows 10. I've seen nothing to indicate otherwise.
 

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Windows 11 licensing is and works 100% the same way than Window 10 licensing works.

If you upgrade from a licenced Windows 10, Windows 11 will be activated and licenced. If you clean install, on a device with valid W10 digital license, or in enterprise scenario will deploy a W11 to a device with licenced W10, W11 will be activated and licenced, regardless of the key type (OEM, Retail, KMS, MAK).

Rule of thumb: regarding licencing and activation, Windows 11 will be exactly the same than Windows 10.

OK, I admit, that the above is not an "official white paper". It's just logical conclusion.

Kari
 

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    Windows 11 PRO x64 Dev
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    Hyper-V Virtual Machine (host in System 2 specs)
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    Intel Core i7-8550U
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    6 GB
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    Microsoft Hyper-V Video
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    Laptop display (17.1") & Samsung U28E590 (27.7")
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    2 * 3 TB USB HDD
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Windows 11 licensing is and works 100% the same way than Window 10 licensing works.

If you upgrade from a licenced Windows 10, Windows 11 will be activated and licenced. If you clean install, on a device with valid W120 digital license, or in enterprise scenario will deploy a W11 to a device with licenced W10, W11 will be activated and licenced, regardless of the key type (OEM, Retail, KMS, MAK).

Rule of thumb: regarding licencing and activation, Windows 11 will be exactly the same than Windows 10.

OK, I admit, that the above is not an "official white paper". It's just logical conclusion.

Kari
I suspect W120 will not be around for a century or so LOL
 

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I suspect W120 will not be around for a century or so LOL
LOL post edited! We might need to wait some time for Windows 120...
 

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    Windows 11 PRO x64 Dev
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    Hyper-V Virtual Machine (host in System 2 specs)
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    Intel Core i7-8550U
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Microsoft Hyper-V Video
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    Laptop display (17.1") & Samsung U28E590 (27.7")
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 PRO x64 Dev Channel
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP HP ProBook 470 G5
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    HP 837F KBC Version 02.3D.00
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620 & NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop display (17.1") & Samsung U28E590 (27.7")
    Hard Drives
    128 GB SSD & 1 TB HDD
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitech MSX mouse
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitech MK710 keyboard
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up
    Browser
    Edge Chromium Dev Channel
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    2 * 3 TB USB HDD
    6 TB WD Mirror NAS
Too many rumours floating around about licencing and many other aspects of Win 11. as far as I have heard through official channels it will be the same as 10, of course that may have changed
 

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    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
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    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
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    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
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    18" QHD+
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    25660 X 1600
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    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
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    Nvidia
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