How to get the Windows 11 ISO

There are two ways to install Windows 11; you can install it through Windows Update, or you can create installation media. There is no one difficult way. With Windows Update, you have to wait for Windows 11 to be installed on your system. If your system does not have a white CPU, Windows Update will not allow you to install it. You can create installation media with the Create Media tool.

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Get Windows 11 ISO

Windows 11 Media Creation Tool downloads and burns Windows 11 ISO file to USB for you. Unfortunately, after the ISO is burned, the ISO file will be extracted from your system. You may not copy or paste it anywhere. If you want to get the Windows 11 ISO file, you need to change how you use the media creation tool. Alternatively, you can download the ISO directly from Microsoft.

Download Windows 11 ISO – Media Creation tool

To download the Windows 11 ISO file using the Media Creation tool, follow these steps.

  1. Download the Windows 11 Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft website.
  2. Run the Media Creation Tool.
  3. Accept the user permission agreement.
  4. Select the The Windows edition you want to download.
  5. Select the language you want to use Windows 11 in.
  6. When you get the option to download or burn the ISO file to USB, select the Save ISO file option.
  7. Select where you want to save the ISO file.
  8. Click on Next and the download will begin.
  9. When the download is complete, you will get the Windows 11 ISO file where you saved it.

Download Windows 11 ISO – Download directly

To download the Windows 11 ISO directly from Microsoft;

  1. Visit the Windows 11 download page.
  2. Scroll down to the Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) section.
  3. Select Windows 11 from the drop down.
  4. Choose a language.
  5. Click the Download button.

Burn Windows 11 ISO to USB

Once you have the ISO file, feel free to copy or restore it where you want. However, when you use it to install Windows 11, you need to burn it to a USB drive first. The Media Creation tool will be useless here. It will not burn the ISO once you have downloaded it unless you select the burn to USB option before you start the download.

To burn the Windows 11 ISO file to USB, you need to use a third-party tool. For Windows 11, we recommend using it Rufus. The ISO file is 4.5GB in size. Make sure you have at least an 8GB USB drive. The USB driver should be on NTFS file system and you should select GPT partition style in Rufus. The burning process takes some time, sometimes up to thirty minutes so be patient.


The Windows 11 ISO allows you to install the OS but you will still be asked to enter a license key. If your system came with Windows 10 installed, and you are upgrading to Windows 11, the new OS will read the permission key from your motherboard. You should also link your Windows 10 license to a Microsoft account. It allows you to verify that you have a real copy of Windows much easier.

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