Can I Activate Windows 11 Without Product Key? Find Out

Windows 11 operating system is now official. Microsoft has also released its stable ISO build. It comes with features such as Microsoft Teams integration, Integrated Android apps, Xbox tech for better gaming, Better virtual desktop support, and more. So you want to install Windows 11 on your PC and then activate it using a product key. What if you don’t have a Windows 11 product or activation key and want to activate it for free? We will discuss here alongside types of Windows 11 licenses.

Windows 11 Without Product Key

Windows 11 activation for free without product key: Is it possible?

No, it is impossible to activate Windows 11 without a Product Key. However, you can install Windows 11 OS without a license key, and it is not illegal, but activating it through other means without an official license is illegal. Although you can use a non-activated version of Windows 11 on your PC, we do not suggest that. There are several drawbacks of using Windows 11 without acquiring a proper product key, such as the No-customization option, annoying notifications to activate Windows frequently, a pop-up text saying to activate Windows, and more. So please buy the activation key and use the proper Windows with full-fledged functions.

Read: Windows 11 22H2 and Windows 10 22H2

Types of Windows 11 Product Key

  1. OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Keys:
  2. Retail Keys
  3. ESD (electronic software distribution)

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) are the ones that usually come when we buy a computer and are linked to the computer’s hardware. What does this mean? If we change components such as the motherboard, the processor or even the hard drive, the license will be useless, and we will have to acquire another. It does not usually give problems when changing the RAM or other components such as the graphics, sound or network card. These licenses can be found for sale online, being cheaper than RETAIL. However, they are officially intended for manufacturers or those who sell equipment, although there is always some controversy with this.

RETAIL keys are often linked to the user; we can activate them on all the computers we want, with any hardware configuration, but we can only have one computer activated simultaneously. They are more expensive than OEMs and are officially available for sale for users who want to assemble their personal computers by parts (or for computers sold without a Windows operating system).

ESD (electronic software distribution) is usually a license originally sold “in package”. These licenses are intended for a large buyer, such as a bank or a company selling IT products, which requires a large number of keys.

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