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Today Only: Score a Windows 11 Pro Lifetime License for Just $30

Get Microsoft's upgraded Pro OS for a small fraction of the regular price, but only while the sale lasts.

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Windows 11 Pro box on pink gradient background

If you recently bought yourself a laptop or desktop PC, you might be running Windows 11 Home, which works well for many people's needs. With upgraded features, such as BitLocker Drive Encryption, Windows 11 Pro edition might be a better option for those using the software for business needs rather than just personal use. However, the Pro edition is substantially more expensive to get. Given that it would run you $200 to buy it from Microsoft directly, this $30 deal from StackSocial is one you'll want to get your hands on as soon as possible, especially since the price is set to rise tonight.

Although this is a great deal, it's important to note that not every computer out there can run Windows 11, so before you buy it, you're going to want to ensure that your machine meets the requirements for the operating system. Additionally, the listing says that if you have a PC that's already running Windows 10, and Windows Update doesn't let you install the free Windows 11 upgrade, your computer won't be compatible with this version either.

After you've bought the license, you'll get an activation key that you can use to install and activate Windows 11 Pro on one computer. To be clear, purchases like this are generally intended for advanced users, folks who are building a new computer or who want to dual-boot an existing computer with a second OS. If you're doing that, you'll need a secondary PC to access and download the files, so be sure you can access everything from another computer in your home, or that you have a friend's machine you can use temporarily. Also, note that you'll want to have a USB thumb drive available to transfer the file.

If you're still on Windows 10 and don't want to move to Windows 11, there's also a Windows 10 Pro license on sale for the same $30. Those still considering options for a new computer should check out our roundup of the best laptop deals and desktop deals for some solid options.

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