Microsoft stops selling Windows 10 licenses a day early – BleepingComputer

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Marking the end of an era, Microsoft no longer sells Windows 10 product keys directly on its website, instead redirecting users to Windows 11 product pages.

This month, Microsoft began displaying a warning on its product pages for Windows 10 Home and Pro, warning customers that January 31st would be the last day to purchase a license.

“January 31, 2023 will be the last date this Windows 10 download will be available for sale,” the company says in a warning posted on its website.

“Windows 10 will continue to be supported through October 14, 2025 with security updates to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware.”

A warning will appear on the Windows 10 product pages this month
A warning will appear on the Windows 10 product pages this month
Source: BleepingComputer

However, it seems that Microsoft pulled the switch a day early, as visiting the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro product pages now redirects users to the Windows 11 product page.

This makes it virtually impossible to purchase Windows 10 licenses directly from Microsoft.

This change doesn’t mean Windows 10 is going away, as Microsoft has committed to supporting the operating system until October 14, 2025.

Additionally, it’s still possible to purchase Windows 10 licenses from third-party vendors like Amazon and Newegg, and hardware manufacturers continue to offer Windows 10 computers.

For users running older, unsupported versions of Windows (stop that!), like Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, you can still upgrade to a Windows 10 digital license for free, and if you have supported hardware , upgrade to Windows 11 if you want.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 also share the same activation process, which means you can always buy a Windows 11 product key and downgrade to Windows 10, which is automatically activated with a digital copy linked to Microsoft.

So while Microsoft is no longer selling Windows 10 licenses and is pushing people towards Windows 11, there are still plenty of options for those who want to stay on Windows 10.

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