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How to download Windows 11

Windows 11

After hearing so much about Windows 11 and all its new features, you decided to find out a little and look for information on how to get and install it, so you can try it and understand if it’s right for you. In short, you would like some help understanding how to download Windows 11 , so as to update your computer to the latest version of the Microsoft operating system and you would like to know if I can help you.

If this is the case, I am happy to announce that in this guide I decided to collect the answers to your questions on the features, editions and requirements necessary to install Windows 11, but above all on the download and installation procedure of the aforementioned operating system, both in the form of an update and an ISO image to be started from any computer via USB or DVD to perform a “clean” installation of the same.

Don’t worry, I would like to immediately reassure you that the download and installation procedures of Windows 11 are not at all as complex as you might think, in fact I also tell you that a bit of patience and a minimum of attention to the steps described here are enough to be able to bring complete this operation. What do you say? Is it time to get comfortable and delve into the simple steps of this guide? If you agree with me, then I wish you good luck and wish you happy reading!


Preliminary information

News and general information about Windows 11

Before going into the details of the procedures, I think it is appropriate to clarify what the characteristics of Windows 11 are , what does this new Microsoft operating system have more than Windows 10 and what differences are there between its editions ?

Well, the idea around which Microsoft developers intended to create this new operating system is to bring the user closer to the people and contents that are most important to him. Which is why Windows 11 presents a renewed interface and a series of features all aimed at stimulating and facilitating connection with people, news, but also video games, works and, in general, all the genres of content that the user cares about more.

A new Microsoft Store designed specifically for Windows 11

To translate this philosophy into a system-user interaction relationship, Microsoft has planned the creation of a completely new Microsoft Store where developers can upload their apps with fewer cost barriers and technical requirements and where users can download and use Android applications .

Microsoft also confirmed that the new marketplace also supports third-party apps . An example? Apps available on Amazon Appstore and Epic Store . To access these apps you need to have an account for the respective third-party stores. This compatibility is supported by a specific Windows subsystem for Android supported and updated by Microsoft Store and Windows Update.

Windows 11 also brings a breath of fresh air to background update management . In fact, these become “smaller”, so that they can be managed (for the most part) without asking the user anything. The most substantial updates instead take place on an annual basis.

Also bringing the system user closer to its contents is a new Start menu based on cloud technology and integrated with Microsoft 365 . More generally, the interface of widgets and windows has been updated to be an integral part of the use of Windows : the mirrors can now contain immediate information for example on the weather or your calendar, but also the use of multiple desktops and Microsoft Teams application , both tools that can be customized to use based on personal preferences.

What's new in Windows 11 video games

A large part of what’s new in Windows 11 is reserved for gamers. Features exclusive to Windows 11 are integration with Xbox Game Pass for much faster and more intuitive interaction with your titles, the Auto HDR function to automatically improve color realism in games, and DirectStorage technology is also included which allows saving and optimized reading on SSD media so as to minimize game loading times.

As for the editions of Windows 11, these are seven .

  • Windows 11 Home
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
  • Windows 11 Pro Education
  • Windows 11 Education
  • Windows 11 Enterprise
  • Windows 11 Mixed Reality
  • Windows 11 SE

As with Windows 10, therefore, the two main versions of Windows 11 are Home and Pro. The differences between the two refer exclusively to the presence of specific functions that are especially valid for the work environment for the Pro version. These functions include the Desktop function remote , or others less known such as Active directory or NT domain access .

Another difference lies in the hardware compatibility which in Windows 11 Pro exceeds that of “normal” home use (for example support for two CPUs and up to 2 TB of RAM). Features that make the Pro version more suitable for creating a workstation. In general, the Home version of Windows 11 is ideal for home use, but also for small and medium-sized businesses or offices of the same size.

Windows 11 prices and where to save

Mr Key Shop

As for Windows 11 pricing , Microsoft allows you to upgrade to its new operating system for free if you have a valid license for Windows 10 , otherwise you need to purchase a product key for Windows 11 .

In this regard,  Mr Key Shop could be useful to you: a site managed by a company with offices in Italy and England that sells  100% original licenses  for Windows, Microsoft Office and antivirus software at very advantageous prices. This is made possible by the fact that it resells unused licenses from companies and companies that have moved to the cloud (in full compliance with  relevant European regulations ).

On Mr Key Shop, licenses are available for Windows 11 Professional , Windows 11 Home and licenses to update and upgrade to Windows 11 . Furthermore, I recommend you also take a look at antivirus and Microsoft Office packages , especially Office 2021 , which is the most updated Microsoft package.

Purchasing licenses from Mr Key Shop is very simple, fast and safe, with a money back guarantee  on all products and free specialized Italian assistance  (which is quite rare for services of this kind, which are usually foreign). Everything happens digitally and you can purchase using various secure payment methods , such as PayPal ,  Amazon Pay  and  card . Within a few minutes of completing the purchase, an email will arrive  containing the license and related activation instructions.

Going into even more detail about the procedure, to purchase a license simply connect to this Mr Key Shop page , choose the edition  of Windows 11 to purchase and add it to the  cart by clicking on the appropriate button. Then you need to go to the  checkout  and complete the payment by following the quick on-screen instructions. Easier than that?!

Windows 11 product key

Another site that I highly recommend you consider for purchasing licenses for Windows 11 is Keycense , which offers an easy and economical solution for purchasing digital licenses for Windows operating systems , Microsoft Office packages , standalone Microsoft apps such as Word, Excel, Publisher and Outlook, antivirus for PC , Mac, iOS and Android, VPN , prepaid cards and gaming licenses. It is environmentally friendly (as there are no physical shipments and all licenses are delivered via email) and extremely safe , as it uses certified payment methods with safe and secure transactions. Also worth highlighting is Keycense’s exclusive customer service , with a support team that helps the user free of charge in choosing the licenses best suited to their needs and answers any questions/doubts relating to the purchases to be made. Purchasing a product key is essential to activate Windows 11 and enjoy all the features offered by the operating system.

To purchase a license for Windows 11 on Keycense, all you have to do is visit the dedicated page, choose one of the available editions ( Windows 11 Home , Windows 11 Pro , Windows 11 Enterprise or Upgrade to Windows 11 Professional ) and add it to the cart by clicking on the relevant button. By clicking on the name of a product you can view the complete sheet with description , requirements and reviews .

Once you have added all the products you are interested in to the cart , open the cart by clicking on the relevant icon and press the button to create an account . Therefore, fill out the form that is proposed to you with your name, email and password (or log in quickly with your Google account), then enter your shipping data , choose a payment method and enter the relevant data to complete the order. transaction in just a few clicks.

Once the purchase is completed, you will receive your products via email in a few moments and you can download/install your licenses by following the simple instructions provided by the platform.

Minimum requirements Windows 11

What are the minimum requirements to install Windows 11?

Have you just finished reading the most salient features of Windows 11 and would like to know what the minimum system requirements are to be able to install and use it on your PC? Nothing simpler.

First of all, Windows 11 requires a 1GHz processor with at least two or more cores, compatible with 64-bit or System on a Chip (SoC). On the memory side, the minimum amount of RAM is 4GB , while free disk space of at least 64GB is required . As for video features, a graphics processor compatible with DirectX 12/WDDM 2.x and a screen larger than 9 inches with 720p HD resolution is required .

From a hardware point of view, the presence of the TPM 2.0 microcontroller (Trusted Platform Module 2.0, responsible for encryption on the security of the PC hardware) is also necessary. I will focus on this in a specific chapter .

Finally, a UEFI compatible system firmware , secure boot and an Internet connection are required to set up Windows 11 Home. Precisely on this last point it is also important to underline that you must have a Microsoft account to successfully complete the initial configuration. If you don’t have it yet, you can immediately solve it by consulting my guide: how to create a Microsoft account .

These are the minimum requirements to install and use Windows 11, but obviously I would like to point out that specific functions may require further specifications. For example, for Auto HDR you need an HDR-compatible monitor, or for the DirectStorage function you need an NVMe SSD and a video card with DirectX 12 support and shader model 6.0 . For complete hardware-specific features, find more information here .

How do you say? Does your computer not exactly meet the official minimum requirements given by Microsoft and would you like to know if there is still a way to upgrade to Windows 11? Well, what I can tell you in this case is first of all to check using the specific Web tool published by Microsoft on this page . In addition, you can further check whether your CPU is in the supported list .

With the release of the stable version of Windows 11, Microsoft has also released a convenient Assistant for installing Windows 11 , which can be downloaded directly from the site dedicated to downloading the operating system. Using it is very simple: connect to this page and to the Windows 11 installation assistant item , click on the Download now button and decide where to save the .exe file by clicking on the Save button .

Now go to the path where you saved the file and open it with a double click, then press the Yes button . If the PC Health Checker app is not updated, the program suggests you update, in which case click the Update button . If you’re not getting any progress, it might mean you need to download the app, so click Get PC Health Check app .

From the new web page click on the item DOWNLOAD THE PC INTEGRITY CHECK APP , once again decide where to download the file and click the Save button . Now open the new file with a double click and check the box to accept the terms of the License Agreement , then click on the Install button . When finished, click the Finish button to open the program and click the Check Now button . Once this is done, if your PC is compatible a message will be shown on the screen, otherwise the requirement is not met.

As a further test, you can also return to the Windows 11 Setup Assistant screen and click the Refresh button to obtain the result of the check. Essentially, the PC Health Check program provides more detailed feedback, compared to the quicker Assistant check.

If even after these further checks you find incompatibility with Microsoft requirements for Windows 11, then I tell you that you can still install Windows 11 on old PCs , but with some limitations. First of all you cannot follow the simple update procedure , but you must continue with a clean installation from the ISO, furthermore you must consider that Microsoft does not guarantee updates for systems that have installed Windows 11 without meeting the requirements, nor does it guarantee system stability (or worse, possible system malfunctions). Ultimately, this is a risky solution for the purposes of security and guaranteeing system compatibility.

How to download Windows 11 for free

Download Windows 11 for free with a compatible PC

With that in mind, now that you know the Windows 11 system requirements, it’s time to take action and learn how to download Windows 11 .

After a long wait, the final release date of Windows 11 has finally arrived (to be precise, October 5, 2021 ), so all computers that meet the minimum requirements are potential recipients of the update. This is in effect a free update to Windows 10 , reported by Microsoft itself in the form of an update.

Microsoft has specified that the availability of the update could vary in terms of date based on the monitoring of the hardware characteristics of PCs with Windows 10. The time perspective is mid-2022, the period within which all hardware eligible for Windows 11 will receive the I invite you to update.

Continue with the free upgrade to Windows 11

Unlike the beta version, to download the stable version, you don’t need to sign up to any program (I’m referring to Windows Insider). How do you say? Want to make sure you can get the Windows 11 update? In this case you can follow these steps: click on the Start button , write “settings” and press the Enter key , scroll down the window that opens and click on Update and security , finally click on the Check for updates button .

If your system is ready to receive Windows 11, this will be reported directly in this window. Obviously you can do the same even if you have recently bought a PC with Windows 10. In fact, the most recent configurations sold with the tenth version of the Microsoft operating system most likely have equipment capable of supporting Windows 11.

As for the procedure itself, after clicking on the check for availability of new updates button, if your PC meets the requirements , the Download and install button will be shown . Proceed by clicking the Accept and install button , then wait for the update to download. Upon completion, the Restart button is shown , you can then proceed by clicking on it.

Compliments! If everything went well, at the end of the update you will finally be able to use the new Windows 11. However, if you want to find out how to install Windows 11 from ISO, perhaps to use it on a PC other than the one with Windows 10 via update, continue by reading the next chapters.

How to download Windows 11: ISO

Download the Windows 11 ISO

If you want to download the Windows 11 installation files to create a USB stick or an installation DVD of the operating system, you should know that with the final release of the operating system it is no longer necessary to be enrolled in the Windows Insider program. Don’t worry, I’ll explain how to download Windows 11 for free .

The procedure starts from this page where you can click on the Select download drop-down menu under Download Windows 11 disk image (ISO) to choose the Windows 11 option . Then click on the Download button and then on the Choose a language drop-down menu to select Italian and press the Confirm button . Finally, click on the 64-bit Download button to start the download.

Select the path where to save the file (if you don’t know where, choose Desktop) and press the Save button . The total weight of the download is approximately 5 GB (consequently the medium on which to transfer/mount the ISO must be at least 8 GB).

Since the official release of the first stable version of Windows 11 Microsoft has also released a Windows 11 Installation Media Creation tool , the purpose of which is to create media for a clean installation of the operating system. To use it, connect to this page and under Creating Windows 11 installation media, click on the Download now button and decide where to download the file by clicking on the Save button .

Proceed by opening the file you just downloaded with a double click and press the Yes button , wait for it to load and click the Accept button , then click the Next button . Then choose between USB Flash Drive and ISO File , the first option to directly create USB media, while the second to download the ISO image and then burn it to DVD (for example).

Create a Windows 11 installation with the Windows Media Creation Tool

To create a USB drive, insert one of at least 8 GB and only then click on the Next button to select it from those available. Then click on the Next button once again. Clearly every file contained in the flash drive will be removed, so make sure there is no important data. Once the procedure is complete, you can close the program and continue with the Windows 11 installation procedure .

If you proceed to download the ISO, you just have to press the Next button , choose where to download the image and click on the Save button , after which you have to “manually” copy the ISO to USB . There are various ways to do this, as I described in this tutorial , however the procedure involves the following steps.

  • Make sure that the capacity of the media is at least 8GB, that you have a fast Internet connection (you can test by following this guide )
  • Download the Rufus software by connecting to this page and clicking on the Rufus [version number] link under the Download section .
  • Connect the USB stick and start Rufus by double clicking on the program icon, then select the stick from the Drive drop-down menu , MBR as Partition Scheme , BIOS (or UEFI CSM) as Target System , NTFS as file system, 4096 bytes ( Default) as Cluster size , assign a name of your choice by writing it in the Volume label box and finally click on the Show advanced drive options arrow and tick the Quick format , Create extended label and icon file and Drive incorrect block check boxes by assigning to the drop-down menu the choice 1 step . Finally, click on the SELECT button next to the Boot selection item to navigate through the folders and select the Windows 11 ISO downloaded before.

Once these steps have been completed, start everything by pressing the START button and the OK button at the warning of loss of all data on the USB stick. At the end of the process, your USB drive is ready to be used. The other possibility is to burn the ISO to DVD and I’ll tell you about this in my article how to burn ISO files .

Create a Windows 11 installation boot disk or key

Finally, there is a third way to open the ISO without necessarily burning it to USB or DVD support: open it as a normal folder .

You read that right, you can double-click the Windows 11 ISO to open it by “mounting” the image, so just transfer the ISO file as it is to any USB stick or DVD with enough space to open it and let it let Windows itself mount the image. The limitation lies in the fact that you necessarily have to open the file from a Windows operating system, or with a third-party program capable of mounting the ISO to view its contents.

Once you have finished preparing the ISO, you can move directly to the installation procedure , but if you are looking for more information on how to pass the TPM 2.0 module check, follow this procedure first .

How to download Windows 11 without TPM

Install Windows 11 with or without TPM 2.0 module

As you yourself have seen by reading the minimum requirements for Windows 11, in order to install this new Microsoft operating system, your PC must have a TPM 2.0 module .

Well, if you are interested in learning more about it, why not check if your PC is equipped with this module? The fastest method is to press the Start key , type Device Manager and press the Enter key . Now scroll through the list of different devices and click on the Security Devices item : if your PC has a TPM 2.0 module then you should find the wording Trusted Platform Module 2.0 .

Check the presence of the TPM 2.0 module in your PC

If you are found to have the module, you can follow the advice above , otherwise you can try making changes to the registry .

This type of modification can be very dangerous, even seriously compromising the normal and regular functioning of the operating system and causing vulnerabilities and system errors. My suggestion is to avoid this solution unless you think you are an expert user.

If you still think it’s worth a try, start by opening the Start menu , then type regedit and press the Enter key . Now write HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup in the address bar at the top and press the Enter key .

Edit the registry to pass the TPM 2.0 module check

Proceed by clicking with the right mouse button on the Setup folder (on the left), choose the items New > Key from the menu that opens and assign the name LabConfig to the key . Then right-click on the newly created key, select the items New > DWORD value (32-bit) and write BypassTPMCheck , setting the value of the new key created to 1 .

Repeat the same operation by creating the BypassRAMCheck and BypassSecureBootCheck values ​​and setting them to 1 . When you’re done, close Registry Editor. If the procedure was successful, you will be able to start the installation of Windows 11 normally.

How to download Windows 11 beta

Proceed to download the beta version of Windows 11

If you are looking for how to download Windows 11 Insider and, therefore, how to download the beta version of Windows 11 to try some functions of the operating system in preview (provided you give up a bit of stability), know that you can easily do so by signing up to the special official program from Microsoft.

The procedure begins by registering at this link after logging in to your Microsoft account by clicking the human silhouette logo at the top right and entering your email and password , then clicking the Next button .

With the release of the stable version of Windows 11, at the time of writing, you can still download a beta version in ISO image format , in a similar way to how I explained but by selecting the respective beta build from the drop-down menu. The same instructions given above apply for creating the installation media.

Beta version or not, now let me walk you through the installation process and basic setup of Windows 11.

How to install Windows 11

Windows 11

Whatever method you choose to use the Windows 11 ISO, what you still have to do is start the installation program by double-clicking on the Setup.exe file .

Alternatively, you can insert the USB stick or DVD with the Windows installation files into your PC and boot from that drive. In this regard, enter the BIOS and set USB or DVD devices as the main preferences in the boot hierarchy (if you don’t know how to do it, follow what I explained here ).

At this point, in the first screen of Windows installation, choose the language , the date and currency format and the keyboard language , respectively in the first, second and third drop-down menus.

After clicking on the Next button , you can immediately enter a Product Key to register the copy of the operating system, or you can proceed without it, selecting the I don’t have a product key item and pressing the Next button .

On the new screen, tick the box relating to terms and conditions and click the Next button again . You can now choose whether to continue with an installation that keeps your current Windows files and settings , or with a clean install .

There is a substantial difference between these two installation methods: the first option, which can be selected by ticking the Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps item , installs Windows 11 while keeping programs, system preferences and files intact (if you start from Windows 10 on a compatible PC); the second, however, which can be selected by checking the change what to keep > nothing options , deletes everything on the PC to return a “clean” version of Windows 11.

If you choose to keep the current settings, the subsequent steps may differ slightly (so expect fewer steps) from those described below where I report the “more complete” ones to complete a clean installation.

After confirming your choice and indicating the drive on which to install the operating system (you can choose whether to format it or not; if you do not format it, the current data will not be deleted, but all the files relating to the old Windows installation will be moved to the Windows.old folder ), wait for the installation and any formatting times and wait for the PC to restart.

After the restart, a new Windows 11 setup screen will open: select the region you are in, give your PC a name , log in with your Microsoft account by entering your email and password and click on the Next button .

Set up Windows 11 after a clean install

On the new screen, set a PIN to log into the system more quickly from the lock screen, click the Next button , select whether to restore files from previous OneDrive configurations or whether to set preferences from scratch by clicking on the respective buttons and click the Next button . On the new screen, choose your privacy preferences and press the Next button .

In the last two screens, choose whether to set your personal customization preferences by selecting interests from the list and click the Next button or the Skip button if you do not want to express preferences. In the last step, choose whether to save files on OneDrive and click the Next button .

By doing so, Windows 11 will begin its first configuration and, after this last wait, you will be ready to use it as your new operating system!

Article created in collaboration with Mr Key Shop and Keycense.

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