Microsoft makes it easy to download Windows 11 installation media, such as an ISO file, directly from Microsoft’s website. It’s free and legal: you can activate Windows 11 later with your product key or a purchase. The ISO allows you to install Windows from scratch. Here’s how to get it.
Microsoft provides a multi-edition ISO file that can install different versions of Windows 11, including Windows 11 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, and more. During installation, Microsoft allows you to select the edition of Windows you want to install, but you will need a corresponding product key to activate it later. (If you don’t have a matching product key yet, you can purchase a Windows license afterwards via Settings > System > Activation > Go to Store.)
There are two ways to get the ISO file from Microsoft and we’ll cover both methods in separate sections below.
Download the ISO directly from Microsoft’s website
To download the Windows 11 multi-edition ISO as a direct download through your browser, visit Microsoft’s Windows 11 download page. Scroll down to the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section, then select “Windows 11 (multi-edition ISO)” from the list. Then select the product language and click “Confirm”.
Then click the “Download 64-bit” button that appears and the ISO file will be downloaded to your computer.
Once you have the Windows 11 ISO, you can burn it to a DVD, use it to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine, or create a bootable USB drive using a third-party tool. However, if you want to create a bootable USB drive from an existing Windows machine, the easiest way is to use a tool from Microsoft, which we’ll discuss below.
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Download the ISO using Media Creation Tool
Microsoft also offers a free utility called Media Creation Tool that you can download from Microsoft’s website. To get it, go to Microsoft’s Windows 11 download page. Scroll down to the ‘Create Windows 11 installation media’ section and click ‘Download Now’.
A file with a name similar to “MediaCreationToolW11.exe” will be downloaded to your PC. When it’s done, run it. After accepting the license terms, select the language and edition you want to download using the drop-down menus, then click “Next.”
On the “Choose which media to use” screen, select “ISO file” and then click “Next”.
Use the save dialog that appears and select where you want to save the ISO file. Then you will see a “Download Windows 11” progress screen.
When the download is complete, you will see the option ‘Open DVD Burner’. Click that option if you want to burn the ISO to a DVD disc immediately. Otherwise, click ‘Finish’.
The Windows 11 ISO download process is complete. You will find the ISO file in the location where you saved it.
Other ways to install Windows 11
If you are already using an earlier version of Windows, you can also use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant to download and install Windows, which is available for free on Microsoft’s website. With the Installation Assistant, you don’t have to deal with ISO files, burn discs or create USB drives. It will install Windows 11 directly from a working Windows 10 computer.
Or you can use the Media Creation Tool covered in the section above to download Windows 11 and write it to a USB flash drive for installation. Good luck!
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Do you want Windows 10 or any other version of Windows? You can also download ISOs for older versions of Windows directly from Microsoft’s website.
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