3 ways to download and install Windows 11

what to know

  • Go to the Windows 11 download page > Download the Installation Assistant > Run the executable > Install the operating system.
  • Download page > Download the ISO file > Find the ISO file > Right click > Click Mount > Go to virtual drive > Run the setup file.
  • Download the media creation tool > Run the exe file > Click on the USB flash drive > Next > Finish > Run the setup file.

This article will show you various ways to freshly download and install Windows 11 Home Edition through the tools provided by Microsoft on its website.

Installing through the Windows 11 Installation Assistant is the easiest way to download the new operating system to your computer.

  1. Go to the Windows 11 download page and click the Download Now button under Windows 11 Setup Assistant.

  2. Run the Windows 11 Setup Assistant executable you just downloaded.

  3. Click Accept and Install on the Terms of Agreement window.

    Before this step, you may be asked about using the PC Health Check application. You must install it to see if your computer is eligible for the upgrade.

  4. Windows 11 will automatically start downloading. Give the installation some time to complete.

  5. 30 minutes after the download is complete, your computer will restart to install Windows 11, or you can select "Restart now" to start immediately.

  6. Windows 11 will automatically install and configure.

ISO files are bootable copies of Windows 11 that can be saved to a USB drive. Once downloaded, you can extract or install the Windows 11 ISO onto your computer or virtual machine. Make sure you have a USB drive with at least 5.2GB of space.

  1. Go to the Windows 11 download page.

  2. Click Select Download under Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO).

  3. Select Windows 11 (Multi-version ISO) and click Download.

  4. It will then ask you to select a language. Select your preferred language and click Confirm .

  5. You will receive a 64-bit download link. Click the button to download the ISO file.

  6. After downloading, locate the ISO file in your computer's file explorer.

  7. Right-click on the ISO file and select Install.

  8. The new virtual DVD drive will appear in the file manager.

  9. Open it and double-click the installation file to start the installation.

  10. Instead, you can transfer the virtual drive to a physical USB drive and use the media creation tool to install Windows 11.

Microsoft's Media Creation Tool is an application used to extract a Windows 11 ISO file from a USB drive and install it on another computer or virtual machine.

  1. Return to the official download page and click the "Download Now" button under "Create Windows 11 Installation Media."

  2. Double-click MediaCreationToolW11.exe in File Explorer and launch the tool.

  3. Click Accept on the license terms page.

  4. If you want to change the language of Windows 11, click the box next to "Use recommended options for this PC."

  5. Otherwise, click Next.

  6. Click USB flash drive and select Next.

  7. Select the USB flash drive to use. If you don't see it, click Refresh Drive List.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Give your computer some time to finish downloading and creating Windows 11 media.

  10. Click "Finish".

  11. As before, double-click the installation file to start the installation.

  12. In the Install Windows 11 window, click Next.

  13. Click Accept in the license terms window.

  14. The installation wizard will check for available updates.

  15. The installer will notify you that it will install Windows 11 Home and transfer all your personal files and apps.

  16. Click Install.

  17. Windows 11 will be installed along with the files and applications from the previous operating system.

Another way to install Windows 11 is to burn the ISO file to a USB via the Rufus app, which is similar to a media creation tool but is a portable program. Rufus is not installed on your computer but runs from a USB drive.

  • The time it takes to download and install Windows 11 depends on your hardware. If you have a fast internet connection and a good hard drive, the process should take no more than 30 minutes. If you have trouble installing, there are some fixes you can try.

  • Windows 11 is compatible with some Android apps that were previously only available on phones. To download them, search the Microsoft Store like you would any other Windows app.