September 24, 2021


Nuts about home

How to Clean Install Windows 11, No Product Key Required

Many people are moving their PCs to Windows 11 by upgrading an existing install of Windows 10. However, in order to do that, you must have an activated copy of Windows 10 with its own product key on the computer in the first place. But what if you just want to throw Windows 11 onto an old or experimental PC, without having to install an activated copy of the prior operating system first?

Using tools from a site called UUP dump, you can download an ISO file of the latest Windows 11 build and use that to either create a bootable install USB Flash drive or install Windows 11 directly in a virtual machine. You can even get away with skipping the product key so you can run the new operating system completely for free (at least for now).