Microsoft is now selling Windows 11 licenses directly to PC DIYers

Microsoft launched Windows 11 last October, but until recently PC tinkerers couldn’t purchase a license directly. A few hours ago, PCMag (opens in a new tab)noticed that Microsoft had added long-awaited Windows 11 purchase options for DIY and custom PCs. Microsoft implemented the purchase pages without much fanfare. We don’t know exactly when, but the Internet Archive reveals that these pages were unavailable at the beginning of May this year.

Windows 11 Home (opens in a new tab) and Windows 11 Pro (opens in a new tab) are available for purchase and download from Microsoft at $139 and $199.99, respectively. These are the same prices Microsoft currently charges for Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. However, for those who want to jump straight to the new OS on their new DIY machine, the new downloads will save time – eliminating the extra steps of finding Windows updates, downloading them, and then applying them. to Windows 10. The result will likely be a more compact OS installation too.

If you already have a PC on the Windows 11 train, you can grab the Windows 11 ISO if you want to do a full refresh – a clean install. We have a guide on this process and how to install Windows 11 without a Microsoft account and bypass Windows 11 TPM, CPU, and RAM requirements.

Windows 11 has started to gain traction in recent months since Microsoft fixed the biggest issues and flaws. Additionally, building a new Intel PC with a high-end Alder Lake processor using a mix of performance and efficiency cores is particularly appealing due to its new scheduler, which helps the operating system and applications to use unequal hearts appropriately. The same will be true when Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake hits the market in October.

Windows 11’s first big feature update, version 22H2, is due this fall and could start a new wave of adoption if early reports and reviews are favourable.

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