Windows 11 is now rolling out to all eligible PCs. You can also download the ISO file using Media Creation Tool. With Windows 11, we see the location of the Start Menu has been changed. Now Start Menu is present in the center. Microsoft has confirmed that only those laptops or PCs with minimum specs such as TPM chip, 64-bit chipset, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage can experience the latest OS. To use Windows 11 OS, you must install and activate the ISO file using a product key.
Is it Possible to Activate Windows 11 without a Product Key?
No, you don’t need a Product Key to install and use Windows 11. So, using the non-activated version of Windows 11 is safe or not? In the short term, it might not cause many problems. But if you are a professional worker or want to use it for a lifetime, we never suggest that. Please purchase the license key and use the proper Windows with full-fledged functions. It won’t create any problems in long-term usage.
Microsoft made internal changes to Windows activation; customers can now use Windows 11 indefinitely without acquiring a license key. However, many drawbacks and limitations exist in using Windows 11 without a product key compared to Windows running on a proper license. And one should be must aware of this. So in this post, we’ll mention all the disadvantages of using a Non-activated version of Windows.
All the disadvantages of not activating Windows 11
An unactivated version of Windows 11 is nothing but a free or unlicensed version of Windows. Windows requires a proper license key and product key to work, but with the latest versions, some tweaks have been done by Microsoft, and one can use it without acquiring any license. Let’s see the drawback of using Windows 11 without obtaining a proper license.
1. No-customization option
The latest Windows 11 comes with a dedicated section for Personalization settings. It allows users to change and redesign Windows according to their preferences. And it is one of the most useful for tech enthusiasts. The Personalization option will enable you to modify the accent colour, taskbar position, start menu colour, and transparency. This option is not available in the non-activated version of Windows, and if you try to tweak it further using third-party programs, you may run into numerous issues. This was one of the most significant drawbacks of non-activated Windows 11.
2. Annoying notification to activate Windows 11.
If you use the non-activated version of Windows 11, the system will send annoying notifications to activate Windows frequently. The notification will come in all situations, whether sharing the screen, watching the content, or reading some articles. It is too annoying in some scenarios while doing work. The message will pop up on your screen to activate Windows 11.
3. Active watermark
This is one of the most significant drawbacks of using an unactivated Windows 11. The system will always show you a pop-up text saying to activate Windows. It’s not like a notification; it will be permanently stuck on your screen. No matter which application and services you are using, the text will pop up on your screen. It gets more annoying when the pop-up text comes in front when you’re presenting to someone in the meeting or while sharing the screen.
4. Activate the message
If your copy of Windows 11 isn’t activated, a similar Activate Windows notification always appears in Windows Settings. You’ll see the same notification whether you’re using Windows 11 or an older version. You’ll be taken to the Windows activation panel in Windows Settings after tapping the appropriate link. Like pop-up text, this will be displayed in every screen record and screenshot you capture.