This assistant is for those who wish to:
- You can use installation media (a USB flash drive or DVD) to install a new copy of Windows, perform a clean installation, or reinstall Windows.
Before you begin, check to see if the following conditions apply to you:
- To create installation media, go to the software download website, where you'll find step-by-step instructions.
- On that website, you can select a version of Windows and create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.
- To go directly to one of the versions, select one of these links:. Windows 10 (Then select Download tool now.). Windows 11 (Then select Download tool now.). Important: Back up your files before you install or reinstall Windows on your PC.
- Learn how for Windows 10 and Windows 11 or for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
After you download the Installation Assistant:
- To create the installation media, here's what you'll need:.
- A PC with a reliable internet connection. The download time will vary, depending on your internet connection.
- A USB flash drive, external hard drive, or DVD. A blank USB flash drive or external hard drive with at least 8 GB of space, or a blank DVD (and DVD burner).
- We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD because any content on it will be deleted. When burning a DVD from an ISO file, if you're told the disc image file is too large, you'll need to use dual layer (DL) DVD media.
Note: Windows 11 Installation Assistant doesn’t run on ARM-based PCs. It’s only supported for PCs using x64 processors. If you need installation media to install Windows 11 on a different PC, see Create Windows 11 Installation Media.