This article describes ways to install Windows 11. Note: To upgrade to Windows 11, devices should meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Some Windows 10 features aren't available in Windows 11. System requirements to experience some Windows 11 features and apps will exceed the Windows 11 minimum system requirements.
Find Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. Make sure the device you want to install Windows 11 on meets the minimum system requirements. If your device is currently running Windows 10, we recommend you verify the minimum system requirements using the PC Health Check app.
Known issues in this update
We do not recommend installing Windows 11 on a device that doesn't meet requirements. For more info, see Installing Windows 11 on devices that don't meet minimum system requirements.
- If you’re upgrading from Windows 10, we recommend you wait until you're notified through Windows Update that the upgrade is ready for your device.
- To check if Windows 11 is ready for your device, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
- For known issues that might affect your device, you can also check the Windows release health hub. Use the Installation Assistant to upgrade We recommend you wait until your device has been offered the upgrade to Windows 11 before you use the Installation Assistant.
When you're ready, you can find it on the Windows 11 software download page.
Create Windows 11 installation media On the Windows 11 software download page, select Create tool now and follow the instructions to install Windows 11.
Microsoft recommends against installing Windows 11 on a device that does not meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements.
If you choose to install Windows 11 on a device that does not meet these requirements, and you acknowledge and understand the risks, you can create the following registry key values and bypass the check for TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is required) and the CPU family and model.
Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup. Name: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU. Type: REG_DWORD.
Note: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method.
These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved.
Modify the registry at your own risk. There are two installation paths available:. Upgrade by launching Setup on the media while running Windows 10.
- You will have the option to: a. Perform a Full Upgrade, which keeps personal files (including drivers), apps, and Windows Settings.
- This is the default experience and is the one that Installation Assistant uses.
- Keep Data Only will keep personal files (including drivers) only, not apps and not Windows Settings. Clean Install will install Windows 11 and keep nothing from the Windows 10 installation.
For more info, see Give your PC a Fresh Start. Boot from media to launch Setup. This path is a clean install and will not retain previous files or settings.
For more info, see Give your PC a Fresh Start. Important: You should verify that your device meets minimum system requirements before you choose to boot from media, because it will allow you to install Windows 11 if you have at least TPM 1.2 (instead of the minimum system requirement of TPM 2.0), and it will not verify that your processor is on the approved CPU list based on family and model of processor.
Create an image install. Use DISM or 3rd party tools to directly apply an existing Windows 11 image to the disk. Important: An image install of Windows 11 will not check for the following requirements: TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is required) and CPU family and model.
Windows Update in Settings (recommended)
Windows 11 KB5013943 is now rolling out to the general public with a handful of bug fixes and improvements, but it doesn’t come with new features.
After installing the patch, more users will see a new interface for Windows Search.
The patch is being offered via Windows Update, but you can also try direct download links for KB5013943 offline installer. Windows 11 KB5013943 is part of May 2022 Patch Tuesday and it is a security release, which means it cannot be skipped, but you can delay it for a week or two.
Before you begin
Attempts to delay security updates multiple times may result in the forced installation of the patch depending on Windows Update settings.
- As mentioned above, May 2022 update doesn’t appear to be a massive release, but there are plenty of fixes worth highlighting.
- According to release notes, numerous bugs have been resolved, including an issue where Safe mode starts flickering when you open Explorer.exe, Start menu, notification center, etc.
- Additionally, more users will now see Windows Search highlights – a new interface search interface powered by Bing.
- This feature is rolling out in stages and additional people get access to search highlights after every major Windows cumulative update, so it’s likely that more users will see the search update after installing the patch.
- If you check for Windows 11 updates, you’ll see the following patch:.
- 2022-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5013943).
- Windows 11 KB5013943 Direct Download Links: 64-bit. You can visit the above link to open Microsoft Update Catalog and then click on the download button next to the appropriate Windows 11 version.
- Once done, click on the .msu link to begin the download. Windows 11 Build 22000.675 fixes a critical bug that crashes apps based on .NET Framework 3.5.
Updates for Windows 11 (original release)
As you’re probably aware, a Windows 11 bug prevented certain apps from opening and this issue was recently acknowledged by the tech giant. As per the company, it only affects apps that use certain optional components in .NET Framework 3.5, such as Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow components.
Reports indicated that apps that rely on the .NET 3.5 framework have been crashing since installing the April 2022 optional update. Not every user has been affected and the issue is not considered widespread, but it’s critical enough for Microsoft to patch it in the security update.
A bug has been fixed that might cause Windows 11 screen to flicker (blink) if you use Windows Safe mode. This is noticeable when you open components that rely on explorer.exe, such as Explorer, the Start menu, and the taskbar.