Yes, you read that right: you can download, install, and use Windows 11 without a license key. Microsoft doesn\u2019t require you to have one to get Windows 11 on your computer, and it also allows you to use Windows 11 indefinitely, without ever activating your copy. However, a few limitations do come into place until you buy a Windows 11 product key. Do you want to know more about it? Then we invite you to read on:\r\n\r\n\r\nDo I need a product key to download Windows 11?\r\nMicrosoft allows you to download the Windows 11 installation kit without requiring any details from you. It doesn\u2019t ask for a Microsoft account or a Windows product key to let you get it from their servers.\r\n\r\nStart by using your favorite web browser to go to this webpage: Download Windows 11. From there, download the Media Creation Tool using the Download Now button under the \u201cCreate Windows 11 Installation Media\u201d section and use it to create a bootable USB memory stick or DVD with Windows 11. Alternatively, if you want to make the bootable media using other third-party tools such as Rufus or install Windows 11 inside a virtual machine, you can choose to download a Windows 11 ISO file directly.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou don\\'t need a product key to download Windows 11\r\nHow to install Windows 11 without a product key\r\nOnce you have the Windows 11 installation media ready, boot your computer, device, or virtual machine from it. Then, start installing Windows 11 normally by following each step of the setup wizard.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you need a bit of help with that, make sure you read this detailed guide we\u2019ve created for you: How to install Windows 11 from USB, DVD, or ISO.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInstall Windows 11 normally\r\n\r\nWhen the setup wizard asks you to Activate Windows, click or tap on \u201cI don\u2019t have a product key\u201d at the bottom of the window.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose I don\\'t have a product key\r\n\r\nOnce that\u2019s out of the way, continue installing Windows 11 as you normally would. Microsoft won\u2019t ask again for the Windows 11 product key during the installation.\r\nWhat happens if I don\u2019t enter a Windows 11 product key during installation?\r\nWhat happens if you install Windows 11 without a product key? The answer is it depends:\r\n\r\n \tIf you had previously installed Windows 11 on the same PC and you activated it, either by providing a Windows 11 product key or by upgrading from an activated copy of Windows 10, then your new Windows 11 is also automatically activated for free.\r\n \tIf this is the first time you install Windows 11 on your PC and it never had a running activated Windows 11 operating system on it, then Microsoft doesn\u2019t activate your new Windows 11. So, in this case, although you didn\u2019t need a Windows 11 product key to install it, the operating system is not activated. So you can use Windows 11, but it has a few limitations, as you\u2019ll soon find out.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat are the limitations of Windows 11 if it\u2019s not activated?\r\nIf you installed Windows 11 without a product key and it\u2019s not activated, Microsoft allows you to use it forever. However, you do get a couple of limitations when using it, even if there\u2019s nothing scary about them, to be honest:\r\n\r\n \tAfter a while, Windows 11 starts and keeps showing an \u201cActivate Windows\u201d watermark in the bottom-right corner of the screen.\r\n \tPersonalization options from the Settings app are unavailable for as long as Windows 11 is not activated.\r\n \tYou get some small but unobtrusive notifications inside the Settings app, telling you that your Windows 11 is not activated, and recommendations to purchase a Windows 11 product key.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou can use Windows 11 without a product key forever, with a few limitations\r\n\r\nOther than that, Windows 11 is perfectly functional, so you can use it how you want, for as long as you want.\r\nDo you intend to use Windows 11 without a product key forever?\r\nAs you\u2019ve seen, Microsoft allows you to download, install, and use Windows 11 without a license key. Even more so, unlike in older Windows operating systems, you can use it forever, albeit with a few customization limitations. So do you intend to use Windows 11 without activating it? Let us know in the comments section below.