Recently, news circulated on the Internet saying that Microsoft is stopping the free upgrade of the Windows 7 and 8 operating system to Windows 10 or 11. Of course, we are only talking about a licensed product. But in fairness, it’s worth noting that this free update officially stopped in 2016. However, cunning users used some workarounds for the ban, and “Mikeys” nobly pretended not to notice anything and allowed updates for free until recently.

But today, Microsoft, for reasons known to everyone, has decided to cease all commercial activities in our country. Moreover, the company even prohibited the downloading of various useful software from its website for those with Russian IP addresses, such as operating system loaders or a program that allows you to create Windows installation media. Thanks to VPN services, this can be done, but an unpleasant aftertaste remains.

But there are sites on the Runet that care about users. For example, here you can download Windows 11 Pro (original image) for further installation on your PC without any “SMS and registrations”.

By the way, in case you forgot, to install Win 11 you need to check whether your PC is suitable for such a task. And it’s all about the security module (aka trusted platform module) TPM 2.0. It is used by services such as BitLocker Drive Encryption, Windows Hello, and others to securely create and store cryptographic keys and to verify that the operating system and firmware on your device are as specified and have not been modified.

Typically this module is a separate chip on the system board. It has been in use for over 20 years, and version TMP 2.0 appeared in 2016. From here we conclude: if your “mother” is older than 2016, then it’s time to think about replacing it. In addition, on many motherboards, this module may be disabled by default. The Internet is full of guides on how to activate it, including on the Microsoft support site, so we will not dwell on this issue in detail.

Where to get Windows 11 and buy an activation key after Microsoft leaves

In general, if you are going to update the OS to Win 11, then make sure that your PC meets the following requirements:

  • A processor with at least two cores and a clock speed of at least 1 gigahertz (GHz) on a compatible 64-bit processor.
  • RAM of 4 GB or more.
  • 64 GB or larger storage device.
  • Graphics adapter compatible with DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x.
  • Display > 9 inches with HD resolution (720p).
  • Internet connection.
  • Installing Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account and an Internet connection.
  • TPM 2.0 security module.
  • UEFI Bios.
  • Secure Boot.
  • GUID Partition Table (GPT).

But the formula as a whole is simple. If your PC components are less than six years old, then everything should be fine.

Also important is the issue of operating system licensing. Yes, Windows 11 allows you to work even without authorization, but security still suffers in this case.

You can also always purchase license keys Windows at the most reasonable prices to activate the operating system. Moreover, this will be a full-fledged serial key that you can link to your Microsoft account and in the future, if you need to reinstall Windows, you will not have to enter it again – you will just need to log in to your account.

By the way, upgrading from Win 10 to Win 11 is still free. So we strongly recommend that you finally switch to the most current operating system, especially since Mikey has added many functions to it for gamers.

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Shubham, a passionate gaming expert with over a decade of experience in the gaming industry. Shubham has been an avid gamer since he was young, and his love for video games has only grown over the years. He's an expert in all things gaming, from the latest trends and technologies to the most popular games and platforms.

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