Windows 11 Generic Keys

Windows 11 Generic Keys for All Editions

The Windows 11 generic keys are technically default keys that allows you to install the OS without activation. They don't provide you with a licensed copy, but are great for testing new builds. If Windows 11 refuses to install without a product key, or installs a wrong edition, you can specify the appropriate generic key.

You can test Windows 11 before you deploy it to your organization or home. In this case, you can use a virtual machine such as VirtualBox or Hyper-V. You may find it a bad idea to enter your license product key you are using on the real computer to activate a vritual instanse. It may have a limit on the number of activations.

For cases like this, Microsoft provides generic keys for Windows 11. As we already learned, you can use such keys to install the OS, but not for activation.

As long as you have an ISO image or a USB stick containing Windows Setup, you can do a clean install with a generic key.

Generic Keys for Windows 11

To install Windows 11 with a generic product key, use the following values.

Windows 11 Edition Generic Key
Windows 11 Home YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
Windows 11 Home N 4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW
Windows 11 Home Home Single Language BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT
Windows 11 Home Country Specific N2434-X9D7W-8PF6X-8DV9T-8TYMD
Windows 11 Pro VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Windows 11 Pro N 2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations DXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations N WYPNQ-8C467-V2W6J-TX4WX-WT2RQ
Windows 11 Pro Education 8PTT6-RNW4C-6V7J2-C2D3X-MHBPB
Windows 11 Pro Education N GJTYN-HDMQY-FRR76-HVGC7-QPF8P
Windows 11 Education YNMGQ-8RYV3-4PGQ3-C8XTP-7CFBY
Windows 11 Education N 84NGF-MHBT6-FXBX8-QWJK7-DRR8H
Windows 11 Enterprise XGVPP-NMH47-7TTHJ-W3FW7-8HV2C
Windows 11 Enterprise N WGGHN-J84D6-QYCPR-T7PJ7-X766F
Windows 11 Enterprise G N FW7NV-4T673-HF4VX-9X4MM-B4H4T

Done!

Additionally, there are also product keys for KMS clients. If your OS is supposed to work with a KMS server, you must install the appropriate product key (GVLK) instead of the retail one. The keys are as follows.

KMS Client Product Keys for Windows 11

Windows 11 Edition KMS Client Key
Windows 11 Home TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
Windows 11 Home N 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM
Windows 11 Home Home Single Language 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH
Windows 11 Home Country Specific PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR
Windows 11 Pro W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 11 Pro N MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations N 9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
Windows 11 Pro Education 6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
Windows 11 Pro Education N YVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC
Windows 11 Education NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 11 Education N 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 11 Enterprise NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 11 Enterprise N DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 11 Enterprise G YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
Windows 11 Enterprise G N 44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV
Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC 2019 M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D
Windows 11 Enterprise N LTSC 2019 92NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H

So, once you have installed Windows 11 with a generic product key, you won't be able to activate it. However, you may change your mind and decide to make it fully functional. For that, you will need to replace the installed product key with the one that allows activation, e.g. with your retail key.

Note: If you have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or Windows 8 with a digital license linked to your Microsoft Account, the operating system will automatically use a generic key during upgrade. That key will be saved to the Registry. Due to that, the tools like Nirsoft ProduKey and similar product key viewers will only show you that generic key. Obiously, you won't be able to use it for clean install with later activation.

How to Change the product key in Windows 11

To change the product key in Windows 11 after installing it with a generic key, do the following.

  1. Right-click the Start menu button and select Windows Terminal (Admin) to run it as Administrator.
  2. If it defaults to PowerShell, press Ctrl + Shift + 2 or select Command Prompt from its menu.
  3. Type slmgr /ipk <product key>, replacing the <product key> portion with the actual product key that supports activation.
  4. If Windows 11 doesn't active itself instantly, type the slmgr.vbs -ato command to force the activation process.

Alternatively, you can use the Settings app to change the product key in the GUI.

Change the Windows 11 product key in Settings

  1. Open the Windows 11 Settings app by pressing Win + I.
  2. Click System on the left.
  3. On the right, select Activation.
  4. On the next page, click the Change button under the Change product key section.
  5. Finally, type or copy-paste the new product key value you want to install in Windows 11.

You are done. Now you know how to install Windows 11 with a generic key and activate it later with a product key.

That's it.

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2 thoughts on “Windows 11 Generic Keys for All Editions

  1. Aisha Kingsley

    Thanks for these options for different types of users. Now it is easy to install the right edition for your needs.

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