The feature-packed Windows 11 2023 Update (aka Windows 11 23H2) is now officially available. Based on experience with Microsoft’s prior annual updates, it should take a few weeks — probably even months — until the 2023 Update is pushed to all Windows 11 PCs.
But if you don’t want to wait for Microsoft to make the Windows 2023 Update available for your computer, or if you want to provide several PCs with the update at the same time, you can also get the ISO file right now. The ISO is also recommended for people who want to install the very latest version of Windows 11 on a computer from scratch.
To grab ISO, go to the official Microsoft download page for Windows 11. There, Microsoft offers you several options to download “Windows 11 2023 Update l Version 23H2.” Skip the top two options (“Windows 11 Installation Assistant” and “Create Windows 11 Installation Media”) and scroll down to “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) for x64 devices” instead.
It reads: “This option is for users who want to create a bootable installation media (USB flash drive, DVD) or virtual machine (.ISO file) to install Windows 11. This download is a multi-edition ISO that uses your product key to unlock the correct edition.” So you need a valid product key. You can get one for significantly less than the $110 retail price in PCWorld’s software store if you don’t have a spare on hand.
Then select the only available entry in the pull-down menu, “Select Download: Windows 11 (multi-edition ISO for x64 devices.” Afterwards, be sure to read the instructions under “Before you begin downloading an ISO.” It is very important that your target PC meets the hardware requirements for Windows 11 23H2. Microsoft describes these here.
Then click on “Download Now.” After another short moment, the download page will finally show you the download button for the 6.2GB download. Note: This download link is valid for 24 hours.
This article was translated from German to English and originally appeared on pcwelt.de.