How to download Windows 11: unofficial ways

On June 24, 2021, Microsoft introduced a new version of Windows – Windows 11. The Sun Valley update, which has long been rumored on the network, and which was supposedly intended to refresh the Windows 10 interface, Microsoft decided to implement into a new version of the operating system.

And it is in it to implement all the latest developments developed in the Sun Valley and Windows 10X projects. On June 24, Microsoft introduced Windows 11, and its release took place on October 5, 2021. You can download Windows 11 in the official way on the Microsoft website, see the details in the article “How to download Windows 11”. But if something doesn’t work out with the official methods, you can always resort to alternative unofficial methods. We’re not talking about custom builds on torrent trackers, we’re talking about unofficial download sources for the Windows 11 distribution, but a clean distribution, without any intervention or editing. Also, the unofficial ways to download the Windows 11 distribution have their own advantages that you may find useful. How to download Windows 11 from unofficial sources?

 

↑ How to download Windows 11: unofficial ways

 

So, friends, Windows 11, it has a new design concept, a radically redesigned modern interface, a changed installation process, a new logo, new icons. New Windows 10X style Start menu, new sounds, new wallpapers, new animations. New interface, new explorer, new system parameters, new other functions and new possibilities.

Windows 11 is an operating system with strict system requirements for computers. “Under the hood” it at the time of release is still the same as that of Windows 10, but it received a new lightweight interface, built on a different, modern user interface platform. What is the new operating system, see the articles on the site about its official presentation and with its comprehensive review. And see also publications about its individual features and problems. Unofficial ways to download Windows 11 are as follows.

 

UUP (Unified Update Platform) Website

 

You can get an installation image of Windows 11 by compiling it using a compiler obtained from the site as a single update platform for Windows Unified Update Platform. This method of obtaining an installation image of Windows 11 has advantages, such as:

  • You can select a specific build of Windows 11;
  • You can choose the insider version of Windows 11;
  • You can configure compilation so that as part of the installation ISO, the system installation image is packaged into an install.esd file that is less than 4 GB in size. And such an ISO will easily be written to a bootable or multiboot UEFI flash drive with the FAT32 file system;
  • Recent builds of Windows 11 come with getting rid of the PC System Requirements Checker. And such an operating system can be installed on a computer without TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, UEFI that does not meet other requirements, as well as on virtual machines, in particular, in VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player programs that do not support TPM 2.0 emulation.

Let’s look at the example of downloading an insider assembly of Windows 11. Select the build number, indicate the Russian-language distribution kit, we can select all editions or only the one we need. And download the compiler for the installation ISO.

Important : do not place the compiler on the desktop and on the C drive; download it to a special folder on any non-system drive of the computer.

Run the compiler script as administrator, in the SmartScreen window, click “Details”.

Then – “Execute anyway”.

In the window of the running script, we see that the parameter responsible for removing the Windows 11 System Requirements Checker “Remove installation restriction” is set by default. It is set to “On”, ie. in this regard, we do not need to do anything. Let’s press the latin letter e and Enter to compress the install.wim file in install.esd. This is necessary so that the installation image does not contain files weighing more than 4 GB. Such files will not fit on the FAT32 file system of the UEFI bootable USB stick.

Compression in ESD has been applied, two significant parameters are active. Now just press Enter.

And we are waiting for the compilation of the installation ISO, it may take some time.

Next, friends, format the USB flash drive in the FAT32 file system, open the installation ISO in Explorer and place all its contents on the USB flash drive. Install Windows 11 using the created UEFI installation flash drive.

 

↑ Universal MediaCreationTool utility (custom MediaCreationTool)

 

Another way to download Windows 11 unofficially is the enthusiast toolkit with the GitHub Universal MediaCreationTool. It includes a custom utility called MediaCreationTool, which works like Microsoft’s original MediaCreationTool utility. But the first, unlike the second, is able to load different versions of Windows 10. And relatively recently, the Universal MediaCreationTool utility began to support the download of the Windows 11 distribution kit. Like the original MediaCreationTool, the custom Universal MediaCreationTool can either load the distribution kit in the installation ISO format or immediately create an installation flash drive. Benefits of this Windows 11 download method:

  • Unified boot tool for Windows 10 and 11;
  • As part of the installation ISO downloaded by the utility, the system installation image is packaged in the install.esd file, weighing less than 4 GB. And such an ISO will easily be written to a bootable or multiboot UEFI flash drive with the FAT32 file system;
  • You can choose the version of Windows 10 and 11 you want;
  • You can choose to download the installation ISO, create an installation flash drive, or upgrade to the desired version of Windows 10 or 11;
  • Among the tools, along with Universal MediaCreationTool, there are tools for upgrading to Windows 11 on non-compliant computers. Those. Tools to upgrade to Windows 11 on a computer without TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, and UEFI, and with an unsupported processor. This is the Windows 11 compliance skip script and the Windows 11 upgrade mechanism. For how to use these tools, see How to upgrade to Windows 11 on non-compliant computers.

You can download Universal MediaCreationTool for free on GitHub.

Run the MediaCreationTool script as part of the downloaded archive. We choose “11” in it.

Next, select:

  • Auto Setup – upgrade to Windows 11;
  • Create ISO – create an installation ISO for Windows 11; 
  • Create USB – create an installation USB drive with Windows 11.

If you chose to create an ISO, as a result of the download, we catch it in the folder with the unpacked Universal MediaCreationTool archive.

The Windows 11 installation image itself, loaded by Universal MediaCreationTool, is not free from System Requirements Checker. And in the process of installing the system on a computer that does not meet its requirements, we may encounter the error “It is impossible to start Windows 11 on this computer.” Check your computer for Windows 11 compliance using the methods from the article “How to check your computer for Windows 11 compatibility”. Perhaps you can eliminate the inconsistencies, see the details in the article “It is impossible to start Windows 11 on this computer.” If you cannot do anything, then install Windows 11 unofficially using the methods suggested in the article “How to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0, Secure Boot and UEFI”.

 

↑ UUP dump website

 

UUP dump is another Windows update platform type site. Here you can also get an installation image of Windows 11 by downloading the compiler and its work. This site does not offer, alas, any solutions for computers that do not meet the system requirements of Windows 11. If you have such a computer, see the paragraph above. But UUP dump always has fresh builds of regular and insider Windows 11. Advantages of UUP dump:

  • You can select a specific build of Windows 11;
  • You can choose the insider version of Windows 11;
  • There are always up-to-date builds of Windows 11;
  • You can configure compilation so that as part of the installation ISO, the system installation image is packaged into an install.esd file that is less than 4 GB in size. And such an ISO will easily be written to a bootable or multiboot UEFI flash drive with the FAT32 file system.

Consider downloading Windows 11 to UUP dump using the final version of the operating system as an example. We click on the tag “Windows 11 21H2” on the website.

Click on “Cumulative Update for Windows 11 (22000.194) amd64”. Build 22000.194 is the final Windows 11. When choosing an assembly, it is important not to confuse amd64 and arm64 at the end, the latter will be suitable only for processors with ARM architecture.

Choosing a language.

We are offered only the main editions of Home and Pro, if necessary, we can download only the one we need by unchecking the other one.

Leave the default “Download and convert to ISO” option, this is the ISO download option. Check the box “Use solid (ESD) compression” so that the system installation image is packed into the install.esd file as part of the installation ISO. Click “Create download package”.

Download the archive with the compiler, unpack the archive. Run the compiler script as administrator.

In the SmartScreen window, click “Details”, then – “Run anyway”.

The script will run and compile the Windows 11 installation ISO.

At the end of the script execution, press 0.

And we are looking for the compiled ISO in the folder with the unpacked compiler.

This, friends, is how to download Windows 11 in unofficial ways.    

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