If you want to have a backup of Windows 11 installation files or plan to install the OS on a virtual machine, you need to get the ISO file.
An ISO is a file format that stores the contents of a physical disk (CD, DVD, or Blu-ray). Typically, software companies (for example, Microsoft) use this file format as a medium to distribute the apps and tools without the need to make available a physical media, which can be costly, time-consuming, and wasteful.
In the case of Windows 11, you can now download the ISO file with the Media Creation Tool, or you can download the ISO file directly from the Microsoft support website.
In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the simplest methods to download the ISO file of the new OS.
To download the Windows 11 ISO file with the Media Creation Tool, use these steps:. Open Windows 11 download page. Under the "Create Windows 11 Installation Media" section, click the Download now button to save the file on the device.
Source: Windows Central. Double-click the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file to launch the tool.
Click the Accept button to agree to the terms. (Optional) Clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option.
Select the correct language and edition of Windows 11. Source: Windows Central. Click the Next button. Select the ISO file option. Source: Windows Central. Click the Next button. Select the location to save the file. Confirm a name for the image – for example, Windows_11_ISO. Click the Save button. Click the Finish button.
Once you complete the steps, the Media Creation Tool will download the files and create the ISO file, which you can then use to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine or mount in File Explorer to upgrade your device.
To download the Windows 11 ISO file directly from the Microsoft support website, use these steps:. Open Windows 11 download page.