How to Download a Windows 11 ISO Legally
Obtaining a genuine Windows 10 ISO used to be difficult, but Microsoft appears to have learned its lesson with Windows 11. If you require the ISO for installation or repair, downloading Windows 11 legally and quickly is simple. An ISO can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s website, through the Media Creation Tool, or using a third-party downloader.
We show you how to get a Windows 11 ISO in three different methods, depending on whether you want to upgrade your PC or make a bootable drive.
Download a Windows 11 ISO Without the Media Creation Tool
Downloading Windows 11 ISO is simple with Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool. You can’t use it to make a bootable Windows 11 USB on a Mac or Linux because it’s a Windows-only program. It also necessitates the download of a separate tool and other procedures that can be avoided by obtaining the ISO directly from Microsoft’s website.
To get the Windows 11 ISO without having to use the Media Creation Tool, go to this link.
- Go to the download page for Windows 11 ISO. Multiple options for installing or making Windows 11 installation disks are listed on the page.
- Scroll down to the section under “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO).”
- Select Windows 11 from the Select Download drop-down menu (multi-edition ISO).
- To continue, click the Download button. Additional options will be loaded on the download page.
- Select your favorite language from the Choose One drop-down menu under Select the to protect language area.
- To proceed, click Confirm.
- After that, click the 64-bit Download option to begin the download of your ISO file. The ISO image is approximately 5.2 GB in size, so depending on your Internet speed, the download may take some time.
Download a Windows 11 ISO Using Rufus
Rufus is a Windows program that allows you to format and create bootable USB sticks. Rufus’ download feature, on the other hand, is a lesser-known feature. You can use the program to download Windows 11 as well as previous versions of the operating system. To use Rufus to get Windows 11 ISO, follow the steps below.
- To learn more about Rufus, go to his website.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Download section. Then, to download the executable, click on the Rufus link.
- To start the tool, run the Rufus file. If User Account Control prompts you, select Yes.
- Select Disk or ISO image from the Boot selection drop-down in the Rufus window (Please select).
- Choose Download from the drop-down menu next to the SELECT button.
- After that, click the Download button and the Download ISO Image pop-up box will open.
- Select Windows 11 for Version from the drop-down menu in the new window.
- Wait for the next choice to appear before clicking Continue.
- Select the most recent build from the Release drop-down menu and click Continue.
- Then, in the Edition drop-down, choose Windows 11 Home/Pro/Edu.
- After that, choose your desired language and click Next.
- Click Download after selecting x64 as the Architecture.
- Check the appropriate option and click Download if you wish to download the ISO using a browser.
- Select a location on your hard drive for the download and click Save.
That is all. Rufus will begin downloading the ISO file for Windows 11 to your computer. In the Status area, you can see how far you’ve done.
Download Windows 11 ISO Using the Media Creation Tool
Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool is a versatile tool. It can be used to generate a bootable USB flash drive or DVD, as well as to download a single ISO file to your computer. To use the Media Creation Tool to obtain Windows 11 ISO, follow these steps:
- Go to the Microsoft Windows 11 download website and click on it.
- To obtain the setup file, go to Create Windows 11 Installation Media and click the Download Now button.
- When prompted by UAC, run the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file and select Yes.
- Accept the terms in the Setup window by clicking Accept.
- Examine the language and edition you’ve chosen. Uncheck the option to modify it. Make your choice after reviewing the suggested choices for this PC.
- To continue, click Next.
- Select ISO File in the Choose which media to use dialog.
- Next should be selected.
- Choose where you want the ISO file to be downloaded and saved. Make sure you select a partition with enough storage space before clicking Save.