The latest version of Windows is finally here and ready for all compatible PC to install now if you don't want to wait for your PC to be offered the update via Windows Update. That's right, while Microsoft said most PCs will receive the update by mid-2022, there is no reason to wait if you are ready to dive in now. Just follow these instructions to get started right away.
There are three formats of Windows 11 available, including the Windows 11 Installation Assistant that is perfect for installing directly on your Windows box without the need of creating installation media (you must be on Windows 10 version 2004 or later for this to work). If you are looking to perform a clean install, which is always a good idea in my book, there is also a Windows 11 Installation Media tool available now. Alternatively, if you just want to give Windows 11 a trial such as in a Virtual Machine, an 64-bit ISO file is also available for easy install.
It is also worth pointing out that Windows 11 has some specific PC hardware requirements for installation:
- 64-bit dual-core 1Ghz or faster processor (Sorry 32-bit processor Windows tablets)
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of Storage
- UEFI bios with Secure Boot
- TPM version 2.0 (likely the most difficult hardware requirement to meet)
To learn more if your PC meets the Windows 11 compatibility requirements, check out the PC Heath Check app.
All three formats of Windows 11 are available for download from the same site, just head over to the Microsoft Windows 11 downloads website here.
Alternatively here are some direct downloads:
If you are looking for the latest beta and development builds of future Windows 11 builds, check out the Windows Insider ISO download site. Note, Windows Insider membership required but is free to join.