How To Install & Activate Windows 11

Before You Start

If you are upgrading from Windows 10, we recommend that you wait until you are notified through Windows Update that the upgrade is ready for your PC. If your computer is already activated with a valid Windows 10 license, the upgrade to Windows 11 will be free and there will be no need to purchase a Windows 11 key unless you wish to upgrade your edition to Pro or Pro for Workstations.

Before installing, please refer to the PC Health Check app to confirm your device meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 and check the Windows release information status for known issues that may affect your device.


Installing Windows 11

Clicking the button below will take you to the official Microsoft Windows 11 download page which provides 3 different download options and instructions for each.

If you have an OEM activation key you will need to do a fresh Windows 11 installtion. You should download either the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” to create a bootable USB or “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” to download the ISO directly to your computer to perform a fresh Windows 11 install.

If you have a retail product key you can choose any of the 3 download options as these do not require a fresh Windows 11 installation.


Activating Windows 11

If you already have Windows 11 installed on your computer and simply need to enter a retail product key to activate it; or if you have Windows 11 Home installed and wish to upgrade it to Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 Pro for Workstations, follow these steps.

  1. In the Windows Search Bar type in “Activation” and hit enter. This will load the activation window showing which edition of Windows 11 you currently have and its activation status along with other license details.
  2. Under the “Change product key” row, click the “Change” button.
  3. A window will open asking you to “Enter a product key”, type or paste in your 25 digit Windows 11 retail product key and click “Next”.
  4. Back on the Activation window your edition and activation status will have updated to reflect the product key you used.
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