How to download Windows 11 ISO images

Windows 11 ISO download

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
Update,
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
    C:UsersusernameDownloadsWin11_English_x64.ISO

If the SHA256 value matches the below table, you can go ahead
with the installation.

Windows 11 disk image

Note that the above file includes support for all editions of
Windows. This includes Pro, Home, Enterprise, Workstation,
Education, etc.

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
steps:

  1. Open your favourite browser and visit the download
    page.
  2. Locate the section “Download Windows 11 Disk Image
    (ISO)
    “.
    Windows 11 ISO disk image
  3. Select “Windows 11” from the dropdown
    menu.
  4. Click on “Download“.
  5. Select the preferred language. If you’re planning to
    upgrade the existing hardware, make sure that you verify the
    configuration by visiting Settings > System >
    About
    .
  6. 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:

  1. Right-click Win11_English_x64.ISO and click
    Mount.
    Mount ISO
  2. Open File Explorer and locate the drive containing the
    media image.
    Windows 11 Setup.exe
  3. Double click Setup.exe.
  4. Click Yes if Windows ask for administrator permission.

    Windows Setup screen

  5. Under the “Install Windows 11” screen,
    click on “Next“. You can uncheck “I want to
    help make the installation better” option if you want.
    Checking for updates
  6. On the next screen, you can choose to install any important
    updates before upgrading and click Next.
    Windows 11 agreement
  7. Accept the End User License Agreement.
  8. Click Install.
    Windows disk image
  9. Under the “ready to install” screen, make
    sure you select the option that lets you keep the personal
    files and apps.
  10. Click Install.

Windows install screen

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
media image.

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:

  1. Download and run the Windows 11 installation tool from
    Microsoft.
    Windows 11 ISO generate
  2. Allow the setup to prepare your device and create
    installation media for another PC.
  3. Under “Choose which media to use”, select USB flash
    drive.
    Windows 11 USB drive
  4. Hit the “Next” button.
  5. Select your flash drive.
  6. Hit “Next” one more time.
  7. 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:

  1. Boot using the USB flash drive.
  2. On the blue screen, select “Install
    now
    “.
    Install now
  3. Select your language (it should be selected automatically).
    Click Next.
    Windows Setup
  4. 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.
    Windows 11 activation
  5. Accept the license agreement and select
    Next.
    Windows licensing
  6. Select Custom Install and choose the
    installation partition.
    Windows 11 editions
  7. On the next screen, select the edition of Windows. In our
    case, we’ve selected Windows 11 Pro.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Windows installer will begin copying files and it will boot
    to the OOBE screen.
  10. In the OOBE screen, select your country or region.
  11. Click Yes.
  12. Enter the name for your PC and click Next
    Windows 11 Microsoft account
  13. 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
    screen
    Windows OOBE PIN screen
  14. On the next screen, create a PIN.
    Windows interests
  15. 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
    you.
    Privacy policy screen
  16. Review privacy settings and enable/disable the options, and
    click Next.

    Windows OneDrive

  17. 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

This PC can't run Windows 11 screen

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
performance respectively.

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:

  1. Head to the Github page.
  2. Download Universal MediaCreationTool
    wrapper.
  3. Extract the zip.
    Windows 11 bypass script
  4. Run MediaCreationTool.bat and ignore the
    security warnings.
    Windows 11 bypass
  5. Select 11.
    Create ISO
  6. 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
Windows 11.

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.

Windows 11 Start menu

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
Coc browser.

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
streaming platforms.

Similarly, Coc Coc browser won’t launch on upgraded systems.

Microsoft is planning to address these and other bugs in the
coming weeks.

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