Windows 11 and Windows 10 cannot be downloaded in Russia

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In Russia it is no longer possible to download Windows 10 e Windows 11 and this affects both files ISO than the installation tools. At the moment, Microsoft he did not comment or motivate this decision. Anyone who tries to download the Windows 10 Installation Media Creation Tool, the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, or the Windows 10 Update Assistant will be confronted with a error message.

It seems that the problem can be circumvented by using a VPN, although in Russia the use of these services is subject to restrizioni.

Currently, Windows 10 and Windows 11 are not downloadable in Russia

It is unclear whether this move is a deliberate choice on Microsoft's part, as a reaction to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict or if it is a problem or a technical error. In any case, Microsoft started some time ago to suspend its services in the territory of the Russian Federation precisely in relation to the war in Ukraine, starting from termination of commercial operations in March.

Furthermore, the Colossus of Redmond has recently announced approx 400 layoffs in Russia, precisely because of the downsizing of operations, while confirming that it will continue to honor contractual obligations with Russian customers. This last statement, however, screeches with the download blocker of Windows 10 and Windows 11.

As we said, at the time Microsoft has not spoken in this regard, therefore, it remains to understand the reasons behind this decision, provided that it is not, in fact, some anomalous interruption of the service. We look forward to further developments and will update you if and when the company decides to issue a statement about it.

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