Windows 11 22H2 (build 22621.382) is now available as a free upgrade for devices that meet minimum system requirements beginning September 20, 2022. This release represents the first feature update for the operating system that (as always) offers a wide array of improvements to enhance productivity, security, and the overall user experience.
Microsoft has released an improved version of File Explorer that now includes tab support as well as a revamped navigation page. There will be a new Task Manager app with a modern interface and two new accessibility features, including Live Captions and Voice Access.
The Windows 11 2022 Update is substantially improving many aspects of the desktop experience. For example, the Start menu includes new options to control recommendation buttons and a new Snap layouts flyout that appears from the top of the screen. Legacy components such as the Run dialog include new mica semi-transparent materials.
Release and requirements of Windows 11 22H2
Windows 11 22H2 is a free upgrade that may be purchased as an optional upgrade for computers that meet minimum requirements. This means that you will need a device with at least an Intel 8th Gen (or newer) or Ryzen 2000 (or more recent processor), 4GB of RAM, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 and Secure Boot.
If you are still running Windows 10, you can use the Microsoft PC Health Check app to check if you can upgrade to Windows 11 22H2.
Even if the device meets the requirements, it is unlikely to receive the feature upgrade at launch. On September 20, the rollout will begin gradually and could take months before every computer receives the update.
Microsoft intends to start with devices that have newer hardware that are proven to have a pleasant upgrade experience. Over time, the Windows 11 2022 Update will expand to more computers based on hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of the hardware, and other factors, and eventually, it will become fully available.
Upgrade to Windows 11 22H2.
The easiest way to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 is to use the Windows Update options. You can also install the new version via the Installation Assistant or a USB flash drive. Alternatively, you may upgrade the original ISO file in-place.
Whether you're using Windows 11 from the original version or the most recent version of Windows 10, your files, settings, and applications will be protected during the upgrade process. Although this is a non-destructive process, establishing a full backup is always recommended.
If you do a thorough Windows 11 install, your files, apps, and settings will be deleted.
The download size of Windows 11 will be around 5GB, whether you upgrade or clean install it.
The Windows 11 22H2 will activate automatically if the device had previously installed Windows 7, 8.1, or Windows 10.
Devices that aren't supported
Although you should not install the Windows 11 2022 Update on unsupported hardware, it is still possible to continue with the upgrade. However, this will not be possible through the Windows Update settings. Instead, you will need to use the ISO file or USB bootable media to perform a clean installation.
The only problem is that you will need to recognize that the device is in an unsupported state, which means that Microsoft will not provide the installation, updates, and drivers. And you may encounter crashes, errors, and other difficulties more often than on a supported device.
If you want to upgrade at your own risk, the computer will still need to meet other minimum requirements, including a 64-bit processor with at least two cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and an enabled TPM 1.2 chip.
If your computer does not fulfill one or more of the requirements, you may use this workaround to bypass all of the requirements.
The final version of Windows 11 22H2 is already installed on your device as part of the Windows Insider Program.
In Windows Update's Windows Insider Program settings page, you only need to stay on the stable version and stop preview builds.
After you complete the steps, the computer will gracefully withdraw from the program, and it will continue to receive updates as long as version 22H2 is supported. However, you must enable this option before the computer downloads and installs another version for the next feature update.
To remain in the stable version, you will need to reinstall the operating system if you currently have a computer in the Dev Channel.
Windows 11 22H2 is now available.
The Windows 11 22H2 release isn't that different from the original, but there are many new visual enhancements that make the desktop design more consistent. Of course, there are also a number of additional features and improvements. You can also check out this guide, which explains the most significant changes, and this article highlights the changes with File Explorer (if available on day one).
To get started with the new version, you may also check out the following links:
- How to enable optimizations for windowed games on Windows 11
- How to disable drag top of screen Snap layouts on Windows 11
- How to enable Live Captions on Windows 11
- How to uninstall problematic updates on Windows 11 22H2
- How to change Start menu pins layout on Windows 11
- How to disable recent searches on Windows 11
- How to create folders in Start menu on Windows 11
- How to enable Do Not Disturb mode to stop notifications on Windows 11
In virtually any situation, these steps will guide you to install version 22H2.
- How to install Windows 11 22H2 (early)
- How to install Windows 11 22H2 without USB using ISO
- How to check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 22H2
- How to uninstall Windows 11 22H2
- How to clean install Windows 11 22H2
- How to check if Windows 11 22H2 is installed on your PC
- How to avoid problems installing Windows 11 22H2
- How to uninstall Windows 11 22H2 when PC does not start
- Windows 11 22H2 download with Media Creation Tool
- How to upgrade Windows 10 to 11 22H2
- How to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2
- How to download Windows 11 22H2 ISO file
- How to fix Wi-Fi problems on Windows 11 22H2
For even more tutorials, you can always refer to the Windows 11 22H2 help page.