Microsoft has closed the free Windows 11 loophole – Windows 7 keys no longer work

Microsoft has closed the free Windows 11 loophole – Windows 7 keys no longer work

Microsoft has finally blocked Windows 7 and Windows 8 keys from activating a copy of Windows 11. It was a loophole that existed for years, allowing people to upgrade Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 or 11 for free, The Verge reports.

Microsoft announced changes to the lockout of Windows 7 and Windows 8 keys in Windows 11 late last month, but the keys were still being activated for a while and it was unclear when the lockout would actually take effect. As of this week, Windows 7 keys are completely blocked for clean installs of Windows 11, Microsoft confirmed to The Verge.

The editor tested several Windows 7 keys during a clean install of Windows 11 (22H2) – and it did not activate.

We can’t activate Windows on this device because you don’t have a valid digital license or product key”says the error message when you try to activate Windows 7 key in Windows 11.

If you previously upgraded your machine from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 11, or used one of these older keys, your activation status will not change. You have a digital license that should continue to work. But if you were hoping to use this loophole in the future, it’s time to buy a legitimate Windows 11 key instead.

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