How to download and install Windows 11! Step by step process
Windows 11 download & install; Download ISO File:
Your next step is to download the actual ISO file. Browse to the Windows Insider Preview Downloads page and sign in with the Microsoft account you used for the Insider program. Scroll down to the Select edition section. Click the drop-down menu for Select edition.
Here, you can choose either the Windows 11 Insider Preview (Dev Channel) or the Windows 11 Insider Preview (Beta Channel). The Dev channel contains the latest features and updates for Windows 11 but maybe more unstable. The Beta channel contains features and updates that have already been polished by Microsoft and are more stable.
If you plan to use Windows 11 in a test environment, want to get the latest features, and don’t mind a few bugs, the Dev channel is the way to go. Otherwise, the Beta channel may be more appropriate. (You can also download two copies of the ISO file, one for the Dev channel and another for the Beta channel if you wish to try out both in different environments.) Either way, select the channel you want and then click Confirm.
Next, select the product language and then click Confirm. Click the Download button for the build and language you chose and save the file to your PC. Once the file has been downloaded, you can then work with the ISO file a few different ways.
1. Windows 11 download & install; Set Up a Virtual Machine
When you create your virtual machine, VMware Workstation Player asks for the location and name of your installer disc image file. Browse to and select your downloaded Windows 11 ISO file. Click Next and then follow the steps to set up the VM and install Windows 11.
2. Install the File Directly
If you want to install Windows 11 directly onto your current PC from the ISO file, you first need to mount the file to access the setup command. Open File Explorer in Windows 10 or 8.1, right-click on the Windows 11 ISO file and select Mount from the pop-up menu.
Sometimes a third-party program disables the built-in Mount command so it doesn’t show up in the menu. In that event, you’ll have to reset your default program to revive the command. In Windows 10, go to Settings > Apps > Default Apps and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the Set defaults by app link. From the list of apps, click the one for Windows Disc Image Burner and click Manage.
Go back to File Explorer and right-click the ISO file again. The Mount command should now appear in the menu. Running the Mount command opens a virtual drive visible in the File Explorer sidebar, from which you can install the software. That virtual drive contains the setup.exe file.
Double-click that file to install Windows 11. When you’re done, right-click on the virtual drive and select the Eject command. That removes the virtual drive, though your ISO file remains intact. Click the current default app for .iso and change it to Windows Explorer.
3. Burn the ISO File to a Disc or USB Drive
Another option is to burn the ISO file onto a disc to install Windows 11 on any computer.
Insert a blank DVD or Blu-ray disc in your PC’s disc drive. Open File Explorer and right-click on the ISO file. From the pop-up menu, select the Burn disc image command. The Windows Disc Image Burner tool pops up and should point to your DVD or Blu-ray drive. Click Burn.
Depending on your installation settings, you can then install your program from the disc automatically by placing it in the drive of a PC or by double-clicking the setup file on the disc as displayed in File Explorer.
After you download the Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer.exe file, right-click on it and choose the Run as Administrator option. Once the installation is complete, launch the tool and then browse to and choose the ISO file you wish to burn or copy. Click Next, then choose either a USB device or DVD.
If you choose a DVD, insert a blank dual-layer/double-layer DVD or a Blu-ray disc into your drive and click Begin burning. The tool will inform you once the DVD has been successfully burned. You can now use your bootable DVD to install the program.