This publication shows students and new users the steps to deactivate and uninstall the Windows 11 activation key. You can install and use Windows once it has been activated using a Microsoft product activation key. The key is yours and is attached to the computer on which you activated it.

However, you also have the option of deactivating and uninstalling the product key on your computer and transferring it to another PC or simply removing the product key and selling or giving away the PC without your Windows product key.

One to remember is that uninstalling the product key on a Windows 11 PC will not remove the digital license on Microsoft’s activation servers. If you later try to reactivate the license key on another PC, you may have to make a phone call if the reactivation fails.

The steps below will show you how to uninstall or deactivate the Windows 11 product key.

You must log in as administrator in order to uninstall or deactivate the product key.

To do that, click on the Start , then find and open the Symbol of the system application as administrator.

windows 11 command prompt manager

Once the Command Prompt app opens, run the following commands to disable Windows 11.

slmgr /upk

Press Enter to confirm and deactivate.

After the key is uninstalled and Windows is disabled, you should see a message similar to the one shown below.

Windows 11 uninstall product key

Then run the following commands to clear the product key from the registry.

slmgr /cpky

After the product key is removed, you should receive a message similar to the following stating that Windows is not activated.

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windows 11 not activated

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Conclusion:

In this tutorial we have seen how to disable and uninstall the Windows 11 product key. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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