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Windows 11 22H2 download with Media Creation Tool

Windows 11 22H2 will roll out to compatible devices sometime in October, and this is how you'll be able to get it manually using the Media Creation Tool.

Windows 11 22H2 Media Creation Tool

If you plan to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2, instead of using Windows Update, you can use the Media Creation Tool.

The Media Creation Tool is a tool designed to download the installation files and create a USB flash drive or ISO file to perform an in-place upgrade or clean install of Windows 11.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to use the Media Creation Tool to create a USB bootable media or ISO file for Windows 11 22H2.

Quick note: These instructions are meant to help you get the new version after it becomes available, not before. If you use the tool before the update releases, it will not install version 22H2.

Create Windows 11 22H2 USB flash drive with Media Creation Tool

Windows 11’s Media Creation Tool is expected to be available immediately after the official launch in October (presumably).

To use the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable Windows 11 22H2 USB install media, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft support website.

  2. Under the “Create Windows 11 installation media” section, click the Download Now button.

  3. Double-click the MediaCrationToolW11.exe file to launch the tool.

  4. Click the Accept button.

  5. Click the Next button.

    Media Creation Tool language settings

    Quick note: Clear the “Use the recommended options for this PC” option to select the correct language, architecture, and edition to create a Windows 11 USB for another device.
  6. Select the USB flash drive option.

    USB flash drive option

  7. Click the Next button.

  8. Select the USB flash drive from the list, but make sure that it does not have any important files as this process will erase everything on it.

    Select USB to download Windows 11

  9. Click the Next button.

  10. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, you can start a device using UEFI with the USB drive to install Windows 11.

Create Windows 11 22H2 ISO file with Media Creation Tool

To download the Windows 11 22H2 ISO file with the Media Creation Tool, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft support website.

  2. Under the “Create Windows 11 installation media” section, click the Download tool now button.

  3. Double-click the MediaCrationToolW11.exe file to launch the tool.

  4. Click the Accept button.

  5. Click the Next button.

    Media Creation Tool language settings

  6. Select the ISO file option.

    Create Windows 11 ISO file

  7. Click the Next button.

  8. Select the location to save the file.

  9. Confirm a name for the image – for example, Windows_11_22H2_Setup.

  10. Click the Save button.

  11. Click the Finish button.

After you complete the steps, the tool will create an ISO file that you can then use to create a bootable media or mount to a virtual machine to install the latest version of Windows 11.