You can now buy Windows 11 licenses directly from Microsoft (but you shouldn’t)
You can purchase Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro licenses directly from Microsoft. While this might seem like the logical route to getting licenses, it’s not the best deal you can get.
Windows 11 licenses are useful in several situations. Computer users who prefer to build their PC from scratch need to purchase a license if they want to run Windows 11 on the device. Others may want to run Windows 11 in a virtual environment, such as for testing purposes or to run software only available on Windows.
Windows 11 Licenses
You have several options for obtaining Windows licenses. Buying a PC with Windows gets you one, but the license is often tied to the device. You can also purchase retail copies from various online stores or use third-party key resellers for this. PCs with Windows 10 can also be upgraded to Windows 11 for free, at least in home environments.
When you check Microsoft’s offers on the official website, you will notice that the digital download of the license costs as much as a retail license.
Windows 11 Home is available for $139 and Windows 11 Pro for $199.99. It’s the same price you would pay for a retail copy of Windows 11. In fact, you can buy an entire PC with Windows 11 which is almost as expensive as the single license you get from Microsoft.
On Amazon, you currently get a Windows 11 Home Mini PC for $219. At Best Buy, one of the stores offering Windows 11 retail licenses, you will get a Windows 11 Pro USB stick for $199.99. At Newegg, the Windows 11 Pro OEM DVD is currently available for $159.98.
If you live in an area where key reselling is allowed, you can get even better deals. A quick check on the G2A key resale site confirms that you can get a Windows 11 Pro license for as little as $35.08 at the time of writing. Licenses are sold for less than $5 in some stores and online marketplaces, but caution is advised if the deal seems too good to be true.
You have several options for obtaining Windows 11 licenses. Buying directly from Microsoft is one of those options, but you pay a premium for it. Retail and online stores offer better deals, and while some of these may not be suitable for all uses, it is recommended that you select the most suitable option from those available.
Now you: where would you buy a Windows 11 license? (via PCMag)