It has been over a year since Windows 11 was released, but if you’ve been thinking about purchasing a physical copy, now is the moment. If you had a PC running Windows 10, you had two options: either upgrade it or buy a new one with Windows 11 preloaded. You can, however, purchase a physical copy of Windows 11 Home or Pro from Microsoft.
It’s possible that the retail copies have been available for a little longer, as initially reported by Twitter user Luke Blevins (via OnMSFT). On April 14th, six months after the formal debut, the products were listed on Best Buy’s website. Even still, it’s likely that many people were unaware because Microsoft made no announcements about the availability of physical copies.
At first glance, purchasing a physical copy seems pointless. There is no need to buy a new laptop if you already have one that has Windows 10, because most computers already have Windows 11 pre-installed. In addition, you have the option of purchasing a licence directly from the website. The actual copy, on the other hand, includes a USB flash drive that may be used right away as installation material.
Installing Windows 11 from a USB flash drive isn’t required, but it does make life a little bit easier if you’re doing so on a freshly constructed PC. In addition, if you’re like collecting, you’ll get a cute little box. In comparison to Windows 10, the packaging for Windows 11 Home and Pro is more visually appealing because of the Windows 11 Bloom background and the light or dark theme used, respectively.
A physical copy of Windows 11 Home costs $139.99, whereas a physical copy of Windows 11 Pro costs $199.99, therefore the physical edition does not cost more. Single-PC licences are available for purchase. As a reminder, your PC will still need to fulfil the minimum requirements for Windows 11 in order for you get the most out of it. If you’d want to purchase it, you may do so here.
A USB stick with a Windows 11 Home licence key and instructions for installing the operating system.
A USB disc with a Windows 11 Pro licence key and additional features such as Hyper-V and Windows Sandbox support are included.
Source: Luke Blevins (Twitter)