Do you want to get Windows 11 keys for free or at a cheap price? This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard shows you how to do that. It also tells you what will happen if you don’t activate Windows 11.

How to Get Windows 11 for Free?

Windows 11 is the latest major release of Microsoft’s Windows NT operating system, released in October 2021. You can upgrade your PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free. Microsoft offers you various ways to help you do that. You can refer to this post: How to Upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11? See a Detailed Guide!


You don’t need to activate Windows 11 even if you use the USB drive to install Windows 11, because the Windows 10 key has stored in the motherboard. It will activate Windows 11 using the Windows 10 key automatically.

What Happens If You Don’t Activate Windows 11?

Must you activate Windows 11 for use? The answer is NO. You can use Windows 11 without activating it. It just will not be able to be personalized with desktop backgrounds, colors, and other items under Personalization settings. Of course, some advanced features won’t be offered.

If you want to know more about this topic, you can read this post: All Disadvantages of Not Activating Windows 11/10 on Your PC.

How Much Does Windows 11 Cost?

How much does Windows 11 cost? It depends on where to buy Windows 11 key and what Windows 11 product key you want to buy.

#1. What Windows 11 product key can you buy?

In general, Windows can be divided into Home, Pro, Education, and Enterprise. Individuals can only buy a Windows 11 Home key or a Windows 11 Pro key.

#2. Where to buy Windows 11 key?

In general, you can buy Windows 11 activation keys from Microsoft Store or third-party sites. If you buy Windows 11 product keys from Microsoft Store, Windows 11 Home key’s price is $139 and Windows 11 Pro key’s price is $199.99.


Currently, it seems that the price of Windows 11 activation keys is cheaper than that of Windows 10 activation keys.

If you buy Windows 11 product keys from third-party sites like Kinguin, Amazon, Newegg, Walmart, Digital Product Key, etc., the price of Windows 11 keys can be as low as $20 – $30. But please note that most of these Windows 11 keys are OEM or Volume licenses.

The Windows keys that you buy from Microsoft Store are Retail licenses. They can be used on another PC. OEM licenses are locked to the motherboard.


To know more about the differences between Retail licenses, OEM licenses, and Volume licenses, and how to transfer a Retail Windows key to another PC, you can read this post: Windows 10 OEM vs Retail: What's the Difference?  

Examples of Windows 11 Keys

If you want to get a Windows 11 key for free, you can try the following ones, but I can’t guarantee they are working still.

Windows 11 Home Key


Windows 11 Pro Product Key



Some tools can also help you crack Windows 11. You can download them online if you want to use them.

Bottom Line

MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you clone the system, manage disks better, and recover data. If you have this need, you can download it from the official website.

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