Windows 11 ISO images are now available! Despite Microsoft
saying that Windows 11 is available for supported PCs only, it
can be used on unsupported PCs using ISOs – at your own risk,
see below – and all features do work well.
Windows 11 ISO contains Build 22000.194 (version 21H2) of the
operating system and it is available in all editions (Pro,
Home, Enterprise, Education, etc). The new operating system
requires 64-bit processors, so the ISO file is not being
offered in the 32-bit version.
Windows 11 version 21H2, otherwise known as October 2021
started rolling out on October 5, but the availability
depends on the location of the device. If you can’t wait for
the free upgrade notification on Windows Update, you can
download ISOs of Windows 11 version 21H2 to update your devices
immediately or perform a clean install.
To download the ISO file for Windows 11 version 21H2, you’ve
two options – create a media installation image using Media
Creation Tool or download the file from Microsoft’s website.
Direct download Windows 11 ISO files from Microsoft
If you need the installation media immediately, follow the
guide to get direct download links or use these official links:
The above link has been generated using Microsoft’s website and
it will expire automatically after 24 hours. If you’ve
downloaded the media image from another source, you can verify
the authenticity of your download by following these steps:
- Open Windows PowerShell.
- Use PowerShell command Get-FileHash to compute the hash
value for the file.
- In this case, use the command Get-FileHash
If the SHA256 value matches the below table, you can go ahead
with the installation.
Note that the above file includes support for all editions of
Windows. This includes Pro, Home, Enterprise, Workstation,
In this guide, we’ll highlight step-by-step instructions to
generate direct download links for Windows 11 ISO files and
apply the upgrade manually.
How to download Windows 11 ISO
To download Windows 11 October 2021 Update ISO, use these
- Open your favourite browser and visit the download
- Locate the section “Download Windows 11 Disk Image
- Select “Windows 11” from the dropdown
- Click on “Download“.
- Select the preferred language. If you’re planning to
upgrade the existing hardware, make sure that you verify the
configuration by visiting Settings > System >
- Click on 64-bit download to begin the process.
What is the size of Windows 11?
The size of the ISO file is 5.1GB, but it could be slightly
lower or higher depending on the language pack you select.
How to install Windows 11 using ISO
To install Windows 11, use these steps:
- Right-click Win11_English_x64.ISO and click
- Open File Explorer and locate the drive containing the
- Double click Setup.exe.
- Click Yes if Windows ask for administrator permission.
- Under the “Install Windows 11” screen,
click on “Next“. You can uncheck “I want to
help make the installation better” option if you want.
- On the next screen, you can choose to install any important
updates before upgrading and click Next.
- Accept the End User License Agreement.
- Click Install.
- Under the “ready to install” screen, make
sure you select the option that lets you keep the personal
files and apps.
- Click Install.
Windows will check for updates multiple times to reduce
compatibility issues. You can turn off the internet connection
and run the setup again if you don’t Windows to check for
updates during the setup.
This step is particularly helpful when you have a limited or
slow internet connection.
How to perform a clean install of Windows
Doing a clean install of the operating system isn’t the same as
performing the upgrade via Windows Update or setup.exe of the
This method is particularly helpful if you’ve already upgraded
to Windows 11 via Windows Update and the computer is
experiencing slowdowns or design glitches.
To start, you will need access to an 8GB or larger USB flash
drive. Once done, follow these steps:
- Download and run the Windows 11 installation tool from
- Allow the setup to prepare your device and create
installation media for another PC.
- Under “Choose which media to use”, select USB flash
- Hit the “Next” button.
- Select your flash drive.
- Hit “Next” one more time.
- Select “Finish” to start the download
process of Windows 11 and create the USB installation drive.
Once done, boot your PC from the USB drive. The boot menu
keyboard shortcut depends on the manufacturer of the device,
but you can try pressing ‘F2’, ‘F12’, or ‘Delete’ after turning
on the PC.
When you see the blue screen with the installation window, the
rest of the process is quite straightforward. Essentially,
you’ll choose the partition, language, operating system edition
and Microsoft will do the rest.
To clean install Windows 11, use these steps:
- Boot using the USB flash drive.
- On the blue screen, select “Install
- Select your language (it should be selected automatically).
- Select “I don’t have a product key” and
click Next. Windows will be activated actually as the license
is generally linked to the Microsoft account.
- Accept the license agreement and select
- Select Custom Install and choose the
- On the next screen, select the edition of Windows. In our
case, we’ve selected Windows 11 Pro.
- Click Next.
- Windows installer will begin copying files and it will boot
to the OOBE screen.
- In the OOBE screen, select your country or region.
- Click Yes.
- Enter the name for your PC and click Next
- Sign in with your Microsoft account. If you’re not
connected to the internet, you may not be able to install
Windows 11 Home. In the case of Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise,
it is possible to create a local account directly from the OOBE
- On the next screen, create a PIN.
- Select your interests. For example, if you plan to use the
PC for gaming or schoolwork, select those options. This will
allow Microsoft to customize the Store and tips experience for
- Review privacy settings and enable/disable the options, and
- Set up OneDrive. If you don’t want to use OneDrive, select
Only store files on this device option.
If you’ve followed the steps correctly, you should see the
desktop and a new Start Menu of Windows 11.
Bypass “This PC can’t run Windows 11” error
Windows 11 shares a lot in common with Windows 10. In fact,
it’s essentially Windows 10 with a new skin, but it comes with
new system requirements which are stricter than any previous
version of Windows.
There’s been a lot of controversy around the system
requirements and Microsoft has confirmed that it will block the
upgrade on unsupported PCs.
Microsoft’s reasons for strict hardware requirements are not
entirely clear, but the company claims that TPM 2.0 and new
CPUs from AMD and Intel are required for better security and
For example, TPM 2.0 requirement unlocks new opportunities
for anti-cheat systems. In fact,
Valorant’s Riot Games have already started enforcing TPM
2.0 on Windows 11. On the other hand, newer CPUs ensure
fewer Blue Screen of Death errors and better performance,
according to Microsoft officials.
If you still want to install Windows 11, there is a solution.
There’s an open-source GitHub project called
‘Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd,’ a script that will
allow users to download Windows 11 if your system doesn’t have
a TPM 2.0.
The script can also be used to ignore the other requirements,
but this could result in stability issues and Microsoft may
disable Windows Updates on your device. Just because you can
deploy the operating system doesn’t mean your PC will be
considered eligible for future updates.
To bypass the requirements and install Windows 11 using ISO,
use these steps:
- Head to the Github page.
- Download Universal MediaCreationTool
- Extract the zip.
- Run MediaCreationTool.bat and ignore the
- Click “Create ISO“
When you click on “Create ISO”, Media Creation Tool will begin
checking for updates and start downloading Windows 11. Once
done, simply follow the onscreen instructions to install
Features, improvements and known issues
Windows 11 is a huge release and it comes with impressive
design improvements for Start Menu, notification center,
Settings, Microsoft Store and more.
One of the biggest improvements in Windows 11 is the redesigned
Start menu. The menu is now placed in the center of the taskbar
and it no longer comes with live tiles, which means the menu
now comes with fewer customization options.
You can rearrange the icons or pin/unpin apps, but it’s no
longer possible to change the Start Menu size to your liking.
Another feature of the Start menu is a new “recommendations”
section which surfaces apps and files that you use frequently.
In addition to the new Start Menu, Windows 11 also comes with a
new way to manage notifications and settings from the desktop.
Likewise, Windows 11 features a modern taskbar, but it is no
longer possible to drag-and-drop apps/files onto taskbar.
Microsoft has also confirmed three issues in Windows 11.
For example, the tech giant is aware of compatibility issues
with Intel Killer networking software, VirtualBox, and Coc
Microsoft noted that Intel Killer networking software is not
compatible with Windows 11 and it could result in a drop in
User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets. As a result, users might
experience performance issues when browsing websites and video
Similarly, Coc Coc browser won’t launch on upgraded systems.
Microsoft is planning to address these and other bugs in the