How to upgrade to Windows 11 2022 Update (Version 22H2)

It’s been a year in the making, but Microsoft is finally starting to roll out the Windows 11 2022 Update, which is the first major feature update for Windows 11 since its launch on October 5, 2021. If you’ve been following the news cycle for the past few months, you’ve probably heard about this update as Windows 11 version 22H2, but these things are one and the same. With that said, the most relevant question may be how to install it on your computer. If you are not sure what to do, we are here to show you how you can install Windows 11 2022 (or version 22H2) Update on your PC.

First things first, you’ll need to make sure that your computer supports Windows 11, if it’s not already running. If you already have the initial version of Windows 11You should be able to get the 2022 update without issues, but if you’re still using Windows 10, you might want to take a look at Windows 11 system requirements.

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Using Windows Update on Windows 11

If you’re already using Windows 11, installing the 2022 update is almost as easy as any other update you might get for your PC. All you have to do is open the Settings app, then tap Windows Update in the side menu. Your computer should check for updates automatically, but you can also click Check for updates to try again. If the update is available for your computer, you will see the following screen:

Screenshot of Windows Update and Windows 11 showing that version 22H2 is available for download and installation

Because feature updates are optional, you won’t get the Windows 11 2022 Update automatically. Instead, you have to click Download & installation to begin with. Once you do that, the update will be downloaded and installed on your computer. You will need to restart your computer and it may be unusable for about an hour, depending on how fast it is. Once it’s backed up, you’ll be using Windows 11 version 22H2 or the 2022 update.

If you don’t see the update displayed, it’s possible that Microsoft has temporarily blocked your PC from upgrading due to a compatibility issue with one or more of your apps. It may also be that he simply isn’t available to you yet. The update is being rolled out gradually to collect feedback, so you may not see it right away.

Using Windows Update on Windows 10

For Windows 10 users who chose not to get Windows 11 yet, you can get the update in a similar way. However, you may want to run the PC Health Check app first to make sure your PC is compatible, since Windows 11 has very different system requirements than Windows 10. If so, you’ll see a screen similar to this:

Windows 11 eligible

Once you know if your PC can run Windows 11, you can head over to the Settings app and choose Updates and Security , which will open Windows Update by default. Usually the PC will check for updates automatically, but you can click on them Check for updates to make sure. If the update is available for your computer, you will see this screen:

Screenshot of Windows Update and Windows 10 showing that version 22H2 is available for download and installation

You’ll also likely see the initial build of Windows 11 displayed, so you can either update to Windows 11 first and then get the 2022 update, or wait for it to appear live on Windows 10.

Using the installation assistant

If you were not offered Windows 11 2022 Update via Windows Update, you can always try the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. This is a program offered by Microsoft to help you download the latest version of Windows 11, which is now the 2022 update.

To do this, simply go to Windows 11 download page on the Microsoft website, then click Download now under Windows 11 Installation Assistant.

Screenshot of the Windows 11 download page with the button highlighted

From here, just run the Installation Assistant and follow the steps to get the latest update. This should work on both Windows 11 and Windows 10 PCs (as long as your PC supports Windows 11).

You can also use the Media Creation Tool to create an ISO file or a USB flash drive that you can use to install the new version, or download the ISO file directly from the Microsoft website. All of these options are available on the same page, but we recommend using the Installation Assistant if you want the easiest method. Using an ISO file may allow you to install Windows 11 if your PC doesn’t officially support it, although we don’t recommend it. Windows 10 is still supported until 2025, so there’s no reason to force an upgrade on an unsupported PC. If you are looking to do it this way or want to do a clean install of Windows 11, you can follow our guide to Download and install Windows 11. The same steps still apply.

Using the Windows Insider Program

One of the last options you can try if the update isn’t seeing you through normal means is to join the Windows Insider Program. This is a program that allows fans and IT professionals to test Windows before it becomes officially available, but you can use the Release Preview Channel to get the latest stable release early as well.

To do this, open the Settings app and go to File Windows Update In the side menu (or choose Updates and Security If you are using Windows 10), choose Windows Inside . Program at the bottom of the page (in Windows 10, this is an option in the side menu).

Screenshot of Windows Update on Windows 11 with the option to join the Windows Insider Program

click start Link your Microsoft account, then choose File Version preview Selection.

Screenshot of the Windows 11 Settings app while choosing a Windows Insider channel to join

Follow the steps until you are prompted to restart your computer. Once you’re done, just follow the steps above to go to Windows Update as shown above, and the update should now appear as normal. After installing it, be sure to leave the Windows Insider Program again so you don’t accidentally get unstable updates in the future.

And that’s all you need to know if you want to get Windows 11 version 22H2, or the 2022 update, on your PC. Of course, as mentioned, you’ll have to meet the system requirements for Windows 11, which remain unchanged with the 2022 update. We generally recommend waiting for the update to be offered normally through Windows Update, but if you’re keen to try out new features, the Windows 11 Installation Assistant and Insider Program let you get it a little earlier.