The latest update to Windows 11, known as Windows 11 23H2, became available in late September 2023. This key update brings with it new security protocol updates, bug fixes, feature improvements, and the addition of Windows Copilot to the operating system.
Here we’ll discuss three different methods to install this crucially important update on your computer: via settings, using the Installation Assistant, and implementing the Media Creation Tool.
Downloading the update from Windows Settings
- Open the Windows 11 Settings and navigate to the Windows Update section.
- Toggle the setting ‘Get The Latest Updates As Soon As They’re Available’ on and click the ‘Check For Updates’ button.
- After a while, an entry for 23H2 should appear. Click the ‘Download And Install’ button to start the process.
There’s no guarantee this method will be effective for all users because sometimes Microsoft’s protocols may require your PC to wait for the update.
Using the Installation Assistant
The following steps outline how to get the 23H2 update using Microsoft’s Installation Assistant.
- Open your preferred browser and go to the Windows 11 download support website.
- Under the Windows 11 Installation Assistant section, click the ‘Download Now’ button.
- After the tool finishes downloading, double-click the ‘Windows11InstallationAssistant.exe’ file and follow the prompts.
The Installation Assistant will install the new 23H2 version of Windows 11 and keep your files, settings, and apps intact.
Leveraging the Media Creation Tool
For situations that require updating multiple PCs, for example in a small or medium-sized business, the Media Creation Tool is the best solution. This allows you to create a USB drive that can be repeatedly used to update each PC.
- Open your web browser and navigate to the Windows 11 download support website.
- Scroll down the page until you find the ‘Download Now’ button under the ‘Create Windows 11 Installation Media’ heading.
- Complete the download, and double-click the ‘MediaCreationToolW11.exe’ file, then follow the instructions. Note: You’ll need a USB drive with at least 8 GB of free space, or alternatively, you could create a DVD disk.
- Once your USB drive is ready, insert it into a PC and double-click the ‘setup.exe’ file, then follow the screen prompts to begin updating to Windows 11 23H2.
The rollout of Windows 11 23H2 to all eligible computers might take some time. However, these simple steps allow users to expedite the process, enabling them to install the update on their schedule.