Microsoft has officially released Windows 11, a new era for computers, as they claim. You can download and install Windows 11 in different languages using the direct download links provided below, or upgrade directly from your previous version of Windows 10.
You can install Windows 11 on your computer in a number of ways. There are, however, certain prerequisites that must be met before Windows 11 can be successfully installed. The system hardware should meet certain minimum requirements before Windows 11 can be installed on your device.
The following guide details the steps required to install Windows 11 on your PC step-by-step.
You can download ISO files to create bootable media, such as USBs and DVDs, to perform fresh and clean installations. Here is a step-by-step guide that will show you how to download and install Windows 11.
You can also download and install Windows 10 ISO files.
Table of contents
- Microsoft Windows 11 Download
- How to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 11 Version
- How to Create Bootable Windows 11 USB Drive
- Install Windows 11 using ISO Image file
- Frequently Asked Questions
Microsoft Windows 11 Download
You can either download the ISO image files for Windows 11 and then use them to install/upgrade a PC to Windows 11, or you can use the Installation Assistant to upgrade your PC to the latest version available.
You can download a Windows 11 ISO using 3 methods:
- Using the direct links provided below
- Via Microsoft’s official website
- Through the Windows 11 Media Creation Tool
Windows 11 Version 22H2 (Complete Changelog Here)
Windows 11 22H2 English 64-bit.ISO (5.1 GiB, 87 hits)
To download Windows 11 22H2 in more languages, refer to this post.
Windows 11 Version 21H2
Windows 11 64-bit English ISO (5.1 GiB, 3,203 hits)
Windows 11 64-bit German ISO (5.1 GiB, 1,061 hits)
Windows 11 64-bit French ISO (5.1 GiB, 1,072 hits)
Your download should begin immediately once you click on the link given.
These ISO files include the following editions of Windows 11:
- Windows 11 Home
- Windows 11 Home N
- Windows 11 Home Single Language
- Windows 11 Education
- Windows 11 Education N
- Windows 11 Pro
- Windows 11 Pro Education
You will have the option to select the edition during the installation phase.
Download Windows 11 ISO from Microsoft Website
You can also download Windows 11 ISO files directly from Microsoft’s website, with even more language options. You can download the operating system in any of the following 37 languages:
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
- English International
- French Canadian
- Serbian Latin
- Spanish (Mexico)
Here is how you can download Windows 11 ISO from Microsoft.
Note: This method will automatically download the latest version of Windows 11 available at the time.
Open Microsoft’s Windows 11 download page in any web browser.
Scroll down the page and select “Windows 11 (multi-edition ISO)” from the drop-down menu under Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) and then click Download.
Next, select the language you wish to download Windows 11 in from the drop-down menu and then click Confirm.
Now, click the 64-bit download button, and your Windows 11 ISO download should now begin.
Download Windows 11 ISO using Media Creation Tool
Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool (MCT) allows you to create bootable devices as well as download standalone ISO images of their operating systems. Microsoft has also introduced a Media Creation Tool for Windows 11 that you can use to download a Windows 11 ISO file. Here is how:
Note: This method will automatically download the latest version of Windows 11 available at the time.
Download the Windows 11 Media Creation tool and then run the file.
You will now see a new window for MCT. Accept the license terms.
Before proceeding further, verify the pre-determined details for the machine you are downloading the ISO for. If you are downloading the ISO file to another computer, we suggest that you uncheck the box next to “Use the recommended options for this PC” and select the language you wish to download Windows 11 version 2022 in.
When done, click Next.
Now select the ISO file radio button to download the file and then click Next.
You will now need to choose where you wish to download the ISO image. Select a volume with ample free/available space and click Save. The Media Creation Tool will now begin your download.
Once the download finishes, click Finish to close the tool. You may find that the software then performs a setup cleanup. You can ignore this and let it run in the background.
Now that you have downloaded the Windows 11 ISO image, you may proceed to the next phase: Creating a bootable device.
How to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 11 Version
If you do not wish to perform a clean installation of Windows 11 and download the ISO, you can also upgrade your current OS to the latest Windows 11 version available through Windows Update or through the Installation Assistant.
Upgrade to Windows 11 Through Windows Update
If you want to upgrade your device to Windows 11 from a Windows 10 PC, you must first meet the minimum system requirements. If your device does qualify, you can then check if you have received a Windows 11 upgrade option by navigating to the following (In Windows 10):
Settings app >> Update & Security >> Windows Update
If you are already on an older Windows 11 version and want to update to a newer version, navigate to the following:
Settings app >> Windows Update
Here, click Check for updates on the right side of the window. When the scan finishes, check to see if you have a notification at the top of the top like the one in the image below:
If you do see it, simply click Download and Install to begin the upgrade process.
Upgrade to Windows 11 using Installation Assistant
Another way to upgrade your current OS is through the Installation Assistant. This tool needs to be run on the PC which you want to upgrade. Follow these steps to update today:
Note: This method will update it to the latest version of Windows 11 available at the time.
Download Windows 11 Installation Assistant and execute the package.
First, you will need to download and install the PC Health Check app regardless if you are already running Windows 11. Click Get PC Health Check app.
The app will now download. Install the PC Health Check app and see if your system meets the requirements.
When done, return to the Installation Assistant and click Refresh.
Now click Accept and install.
The tool will now begin to download Windows 11. When finished, restart your computer so it can upgrade to the latest version available.
For more details on upgrading to Windows 11, read this Microsoft blog post.
To learn more about the new features in Windows 11, you can visit Microsoft’s announcement page.
How to Create Bootable Windows 11 USB Drive
Creating a bootable device out of an ISO image is relatively easy. You can create a bootable USB drive as well as a DVD. However, we suggest that you create a USB drive as it is more convenient.
Learn how to create a multi-boot USB flash drive with multiple ISO files using Ventoy.
Let us show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 11:
To begin, plug in your USB flash drive (at least 8GB) to your computer and make sure that all your data on the USB is backed up since it requires formatting where all previous data is lost.
Now, download Rufus from their website and install it on your computer. Alternatively, you can also download the portable version which does not need any installation.
Once downloaded, run Rufus. Select the USB flash drive from the drop-down menu under Device. Then, click Select under Boot selection and navigate to the downloaded Windows 11 version 22H2 ISO file. Leave the rest of the settings to their default values and click Start.
Your Windows 11 bootable USB drive will now be in the making. This step may take a few minutes. Once it is finished, Ready will be displayed with a green bar. You may then close the app.
Your bootable drive is now ready and you may proceed to the installation phase using the guide given below.
Install Windows 11 using ISO Image file
Now that you have created a bootable drive using the ISO file, you can now begin installing Windows 11. Here is how:
First, ensure that your system meets all hardware requirements for Windows 11.
Once ensured, connect the Windows 11 bootable USB drive to the computer you want to install it on. Then turn on/reboot the computer and open its One Time Boot Menu (Usually through the F12, F10, or Esc button).
From there, select External USB drive to boot from the bootable USB.
You will now see a menu such as the one below. Click Next.
Now click Install Now.
On the next screen, click “I don’t have a product key.” Even if you do have one, you can activate the product later after installation.
Now, select the edition that you want to install on this device. When selected, click Next.
On the next window, check the box to accept the license agreement and click Next.
You will now be asked whether you want to upgrade the existing OS or perform a custom installation. Since this is a clean and fresh Windows 11 22H2 installation, we will be selecting Custom.
Next, you need to create the partitions on your hard drive. Once done, select the volume you wish to install the operating system on and click Next.
Windows 11 will now begin installing on your device. This step may take a few minutes and your device may reboot a few times.
Further ahead in the process, you will be asked to configure your PC through several Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) screens. Proceed with the on-screen instructions, configure your PC, and you will have successfully installed Windows 11.
Once it finishes, you will be logged into your user account on the all-new Windows 11 PC! You can now begin installing the relevant software and customizing it according to your liking.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to purchase Windows 11?
Currently, you cannot purchase Windows 11 through a license directly. However, you can purchase a device that comes preinstalled with Windows 11 or a Windows 10 device that is eligible for an automatic update.
Can I upgrade my PC to Windows 11?
Yes, you can upgrade it through Windows Update, provided that your system meets the minimum hardware requirements.
How long does it take to download Windows 11?
The Windows 11 ISO file is 5.12 GB in size. It can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes to download depending upon your internet speed.
How long will it take to install Windows 11?
Normally it takes 15 to 30 minutes to install Windows 11, depending upon your hardware specifications.