Many people are moving their PCs to Windows 11 by upgrading an existing install of Windows 10. However, in order to do that, you must have an activated copy of Windows 10 with its own product key on the computer in the first place. But what if you just want to throw Windows 11 onto an old or experimental PC, without having to install an activated copy of the prior operating system first? Or what if you want a fresh start without all of your old programs and settings being carried over?
What you need is a Windows 11 ISO file you can boot from and use for a clean install. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get one. First, you can download a Windows 11 ISO directly from Microsoft, though it won’t necessarily be the latest build. Second, you could use tools from a site called UUP dump to download the files from Microsoft’s update servers and build a custom ISO that’s fully up-to-date. Finally, you can use Aveyo’s open-source Universal MediaCreationTool to create an ISO that bypasses WIndows 11’s TPM requirement.
Whichever way you choose, you will use your Windows 11 ISO file to create a bootable install USB Flash drive or install Windows 11 in a virtual machine. You can even get away with skipping the product key so you can run the new operating system completely for free (at least for now).