How to Install the Windows 11 24H2 Update Right Away

In Short
  • Microsoft has rolled out the Windows 11 24H2 update (Build 26100.712) to the Release Preview channel, much earlier than general availability.
  • You can switch to the Release Preview channel or download the Windows 11 24H2 ISO to upgrade your PC.
  • Keep in mind, you don't get promising AI features like Recall, Cocreator, etc. which are exclusive to Copilot+ PCs.

After the MS Build 2024 event, Microsoft released the Windows 11 24H2 update to Insiders, way before general availability. You can install the Windows 11 24H2 update right now without having to wait for months. You get a new Copilot app, an improved context menu, a scrollable quick settings panel, and a lot of new features. And if you want to download the Windows 11 24H2 ISO, you can do that as well. On that note, let’s begin.

Switch to the Release Preview Channel

Before general availability, Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 24H2 update (Build 26100.712) early to Insiders in the Release Preview channel. The Release Preview channel is generally less buggy, and very close to the stable build. Here is how to upgrade to the Windows 11 24H2 build in just a few clicks.

  • Open Windows Settings by pressing “Windows + I”. Here, move to “Windows Update” and click on “Windows Insider Programme”.
open windows insider programme windows 11
  • Next, click on “Get started” and choose “Link an account”. Now, sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • On the next page, choose the “Release Preview” channel and click on “Continue”. You might be asked to restart your PC. Click on “Restart”.
join release preview channel windows 11
  • After that, open Windows Settings again and move to “Windows Update”. Here, enable the toggle next to “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available”.
  • Now, click on “Check for updates”.
  • A banner will appear saying “Windows 11, version 24H2 is available”. Now, click on “Download & install”.
download and install the windows 11 24h2 update
  • After the installation, restart your PC, and the 24H2 update will be installed on your PC.
upgraded to windows 11 24h2 build

Download Windows 11 24H2 ISO and Clean Install

Microsoft has also uploaded the ISO for the Windows 11 24H2 build. If you want to clean install the 24H2 build, you can follow this method. Keep in mind, the currently available ISO for the Release Preview channel is 26100.560. It means that after the installation, you will have to join the Insider program and move to the Release Preview channel to receive the latest 26100.712 update.

  • Head over to Microsoft’s page and scroll down to download the ISO for Windows 11 Insider Preview (Release Preview Channel) – Build 26100.560.
download windows 11 24h2 ISO
  • Once the 24H2 ISO is downloaded, launch Rufus (Free) and create a bootable USB drive.
flash windows 11 24h2 build via Rufus
clean install windows 11 24h2 build via USB

So these are the two ways you can install the annual feature update on your PC. Bear in mind that promising AI features like Recall and Cocreator are not available on x64 PCs. You will have to buy a new Snapdragon X Elite laptop which comes with an on-device NPU to use these AI features. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are facing any issues, let us know in the comments below.

comment Comments 2
  • mohan says:

    System become lagging after updating to new version so i switched back to the previous version

    • Martin Barr-David says:

      After I installed this version the computer stopped sleeping & hibernating.

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