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How to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2

You can upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 in four different ways, and in this guide, we'll show you how.

Windows 11 22H2 upgrade

Windows 11 22H2 is expected to roll out sometime during the second half of 2022, and if you plan to upgrade your device running Windows 11 21H2 or Windows 10 as soon as it becomes available, you will be able to proceed using the official ISO file, Windows Update, and Installation Assistant. 

This release represents the first major release of Windows 11, and it’s an optional update that brings a slew of visual changes to make the experience more consistent, and it packs several new features and security improvements.

Although it is not a good idea to rush and install a new feature update as soon as it becomes available to avoid potential bugs and other problems during the early days, you can upgrade manually in at least three ways using the different tools and Windows Update. You can even upgrade early using the Windows Insider Program.

If you are still on Windows 10, you can upgrade directly to Windows 11 22H2. However, you have to make sure that the hardware meets the minimum requirements. In a nutshell, you need an Intel’s 8th Gen or newer, AMD Zen 2 or newer, or Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series processor. This is in addition to the requirements of TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot and a minimum of 64GB of storage. 

In this guide, you will learn the steps to upgrade Windows 11 22H2 in four different ways. You can also upgrade the system using a clean installation in six different ways.

Important: If you plan to upgrade an existing system, it is also recommended to create a backup before proceeding. You have been warned.

Upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 using ISO file

To upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 from version 21H2 or Windows 10 with an ISO file, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Support website.

  2. Under the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section, select the Windows 11 option.

  3. Click the Download button.

    Windows 11 ISO download

  4. Select the installation language.

  5. Click the Confirm button.

  6. Click the Download button to save the Windows 11 ISO file on the device.

  7. Right-click the ISO file and select the Mount option.

    Mount ISO file in File Explorer

  8. Click on the mounted drive from the left navigation pane.

  9. Double-click the Setup file to begin the Windows 11 22H2 upgrade process.

  10. (Optional) Click the Change how Windows Setup downloads updates option.

  11. Select the Not right now option.

    Disable updates during installation

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.

    Media Creation Tool settings

  14. Click the Install button to upgrade to version 22H2 while keeping your files and apps.

If you want to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows 11 22H2, click the Change what to keep option, select the Nothing option, click the Next button, and then click the Install button.

Once you complete the steps, the upgrade process will start and your previous settings, apps, and files will migrate automatically.

Upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 using Windows Update

After Windows 11 22H2 is officially available during the second half of 2022, you can update manually to the new version using Windows Update.

To upgrade from Windows 11 21H2 to version 22H2 manually through Windows Update, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Check for updates button.

    Windows 11 check for updates

  4. Click the Download and install button to install Windows 11 22H2.

    Windows 11 22H2 download via Windows Update

  5. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, the setup will upgrade the system to version 22H2.

Upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 using Installation Assistant

You can also use the Installation Assistant to upgrade Windows 10 or Windows 11 21H2 to Windows 11 22H2.

To upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 with the Installation Assistant tool, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Support website.

  2. Under the “Windows 11 Installation Assistant” section, click the Download Now button.

  3. Double-click the Windows11InstallationAssistant.exe file to launch the tool.

    Windows 11 Update Assistant

  4. Click the Accept and install button to begin the upgrade to Windows 11 22H2.

After you complete the steps, the setup will continue upgrading the computer to the latest release of the operating system.

Upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 using Insider Program

Alternatively, you can test version 22H2 before it’s officially available, but you will have to enroll the computer in the Beta or Release Preview Channel of the Windows Insider Program. (See also this video tutorial with the steps to upgrade early in the Pureinfotech YouTube channel.)

The Beta and Release Preview Channels were designed for anyone who wants to try out upcoming features or has to validate apps and deployments for their organization. The previews in this channel are stable, but you may still run into problems.

To upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 early from version 21H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Windows Insider Program tab.

    Windows Insider Program

  4. Click the Get started button.

    Windows 11 Insider start enroll

  5. Click the Link an account button.

    Microsoft account enroll Insider program

  6. Sign in with your Microsoft account.

  7. Click the Continue button.

  8. Under the “Pick your Insider settings” section, select the Release Preview (recommended) or Beta Channel option.

    Windows 11 22H2 install via Beta Channel

  9. Click the Continue button.

  10. Click the Continue button to agree to the terms and conditions.

  11. Click the Restart button.

  12. Open Settings after the reboot.

  13. Click on Windows Update.

  14. Click the Check for updates button to download the latest preview of Windows 11 22H2.

  15. Click the Restart button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and begin updating the computer to version 22H2.

After the upgrade, you can gracefully remove the computer from the program from the “Windows Insider Program” settings page to prevent upgrading to a follow-up version by turning on the “Stop getting preview builds” toggle switch.