Microsoft provides Windows 11 for free download. We’ll tell you what options there are for this and how you can get an ISO file for a fresh reinstallation.
Microsoft has been offering Windows 11 as an update for existing computers since the beginning of October. Owners of a compatible device will gradually be informed that they can upgrade their system to Windows 11. There is also the option of manual download of the new operating system. Microsoft offers various options for this, depending on whether you want to update your system, whether you want to create an installation medium for Windows 11 or whether you just want to download the ISO file for creating a disk image. You can find all three options on this website.
You should choose this variant if you want to update your current PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11 without having to completely reinstall the system. The tool takes over the download and installation of Windows 11 and guides you through this process. You can find detailed instructions on how to update from Windows 10 to Windows 11 here.
With this option you can create an installation medium such as a DVD or a USB stick with which you can later install Windows 11 on various computers. You can specify in which language the installation version of Windows 11 should be available and which version it should be. You then have to choose whether you want to save the Windows 11 ISO file for later burning on a DVD on the computer or whether you want to create a USB stick as the installation medium. The stick must hold at least 8 GB of data.
You can create a USB stick or DVD as the installation medium.
Alternatively, you can download an ISO file from Windows 11 directly. As already mentioned, you can use the ISO to create an installation DVD or to install Windows 11 on a virtual computer.
The new operating system only supports 64-bit systems. There is therefore no 32-bit version of Windows 11 and existing PCs with 32-bit architecture can no longer be updated to Windows 11. Regardless of which of the three download methods you choose, you will definitely get a 64-bit version of Windows 11.
Basically, you can first download Windows 11 for free. However, Microsoft will ask you for a valid activation key during or after the successful installation – at least if you completely restart the system with Windows 11. According to the developer, the operating system also accepts older Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 keys for activation.