Microsoft banned Russians from downloading Windows 10 and Windows 11
The Microsoft website has a restriction on downloading Windows 11 and Windows 11 from Russian IPs. Other programs are also not available to Russians. Microsoft does not comment on the situation. When connecting to the portal from the IP address of another country, there are no problems with downloading.
Microsoft supported anti-Russian sanctions in early March 2022 and briefly suspended its business in Russia. In June 2022, she decided to reduce her presence in the country.
Also, at the time of publication of the material, users with a Russian IP could not download the utilities of the assistant for installing operating systems. In addition, the Media Creation Tool is no longer available to them.
For example, when you try to download a Windows 11 image, the Microsoft Portal displays the message “There was a problem with your request.” If you need to download the Media Creation Tool, then the site will “swear” that the file is missing on the server and will return a 404 error (404 – File or Directory not found).
Checking the editors of CNews showed that this does not depend on the provider. The problem manifested itself on the Beeline wired Internet, as well as when connecting via the mobile Internet of MTS, Beeline and Tele2.
Microsoft Corporation at the time of publication of the material did not comment on what was happening. The editors of CNews sent a request to the Russian representative office of the corporation and are awaiting a response.
Recall that Windows is the most popular desktop OS in the world – as of May 2022, it occupied 75.54% of the global market against 14.98% for Apple macOS and 2.45% for all Linux distributions (StatCounter statistics). The most popular version of Windows in May 2022 was Windows 10 (71.82%). It was followed by Windows 7 (13.03%), and Windows 11 closed the top three with 10.08%.
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