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How to Get the Windows 11 22H2 Update

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The Windows 11 2022 update, also called Windows 11 22H2, has gone live, with a series of new features in the Start menu and File Explorer, along with improvements to accessibility, and gaming. While Windows Insiders have had most of these features for a bit, others may want them now that they're officially released.

In a blog post, vice president of Windows servicing and delivery John Cable wrote that Microsoft is taking a "measured and phased" approach to the rollout, which will offer the update over Windows Update "when data shows that your device is ready[.]"

The delivery may be ramped up in the first weeks. Cable wrote that if Microsoft thinks you'll have an issue, like compatibility with software, you may be put on hold.

Microsoft is also attempting to schedule update installations in a greener way. "When available, Windows 11 will now prioritize installing updates in the background at times when greater amounts of clean energy sources (like wind, solar, and hydro) are available," Cable wrote. Doing so may result in fewer carbon emissions involved in updating your PC.

For users with eligible devices that meet the Windows 11 system requirements, here's how to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2.

If You're Already on Windows 11

Those who already have Windows 11 will have a pretty easy time of updating. If your device is ready, you can go to Settings > Windows Update and click the Check for updates button. If it's ready, you'll just be able to click "Download & install" and be on your way.

If You're on Windows 10

Maybe you're finally thinking of upgrading from Windows 10 (though Microsoft will continue to support that through Oct. 14, 2025). At launch, I said it wasn't worth the upgrade. I think the OS is far more mature now, though there's still some work to be done

If you're upgrading, you may want to use Microsoft's PC Health Check (opens in new tab) app to ensure you meet the minimum requirements. (While there are ways to get around the minimum requirements, Microsoft doesn't support Windows 11 that way.)

You can check if Windows 11 22H2 is ready for you by going to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update and clicking Check for updates. You'll be able to download and install if your device is eligible and ready for the new OS. If you want to start fresh, consider downloading the Windows 11 ISO and doing a clean install.

Beyond Windows 11 22H2

While Microsoft has moved to an annual release cadence, the company has promised further updates throughout the year. In fact, more features will be released in October and November in a security update release. So be sure to keep checking for updates. Not only is it good practice, but also you'll get the latest features when they're ready.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE

  • Colif
    I just did my normal way.
    Go here - https://www.microsoft.com/software-download/windows11download installation assistant.
    Wait 30 minutes for it to install

    then look to see what changed... not a lot
    Task manager is about only obvious change
    https://i.imgur.com/4DKfBUr.jpgthat isn't just adding features we already had in 10.
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  • sdmf1974
    Already have windows 11 now for a long time, Z590 custom watercooled build yet still cant get Win 11 22H2. PC health check says Im 100% compatible & Task manager has been completely broken for like a year! Microsoft says it will withold if you have software that isnt compatible this is a bunch of horse ****!
    Also read that Microsoft will be dulling out the update on a "GREEN" basis? Stop with all this fake a** global warming crap! I live in a tiny suburb in Iowa. Do I need a F'n windmill in my front yard to do a simple GD update microsoft.

    Yore own article states "Those who already have Windows 11 will have a pretty easy time of updating. If your device is ready, you can go to Settings > Windows Update and click the Check for updates button. If it's ready, you'll just be able to click "Download & install" and be on your way. "

    REALLY??? "A pretty easy time of updating" I cant tell
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  • Colif
    click my link, download either media creation tool or ISO and use it to make a USB Installer
    Once you have USB, put it in PC that can't update and go to file explorer
    navigate to USB and run setup
    it should offer to update current install.
    agree and follow wizard

    no rush though as I got it earlier, run windows update after and now a Cumulative update is stuck and won't install. Good trick guys. Break windows update on 1st patch.
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  • sdmf1974
    Yeah so went ahead & did the windows update assistant to do it manually, no thanks to microsoft and it now says I have 22H2 but there is still another update (KB5017321) that fails to download SMH! Not only that but the NEW version of task manager is also perpetually frozen & wont close just like it was on 21H2! You cant make this stuff up.

    Look I Always just do a fresh install which is best & I keep ALL my games & backups on a seperate drive but I wanted to make sure the new version was out & available BEFORE I do a clean install so I dont have these issues after I wipe my drive & do a clean install. It would be nice for once to not have to do a fresh install every six months or so . Guess Ill have to wait for AOC to tell me its ok to download the newest version of OS on MY PC.

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  • Colif
    that patch is same one I mentioned. I already posted it about it elsewhere - link
    I don't have the task manager problem

    have you tried running dism/sfc?

    right click start
    choose terminal (admin)
    if it doesn't open as powershell, click the arrow in the title bar & select it from list
    copy/paste this command into window:

    Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth

    and press enter

    Then type SFC /scannow

    and press enter

    Restart PC if SFC fixes any files as some fixes require a restart to be implemented

    First command repairs the files SFC uses to clean files, and SFC fixes system files

    SFC = System File Checker. First command runs DISM - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/what-is-dism?view=windows-11
    that didn't fix the update for me but maybe some of the steps I took or were suggested might help.

    Currently ignoring the problem as I suspect more will get it. I will just do a repair install otherwise, but its odd it broke so soon after an install. I wonder if it has anything to do with the installation assistant.
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  • sdmf1974
    Yeah I've tried everything, I actually found a workaround finally just a few days ago that involved disabling a service (cant remember the name) that also breaks wifi & possibly detection of devices but was hoping this update would fix it for real.

    Nothing broke after the update, task manager was never fixed for me even though it updated to the new version.
    Gonna wait and see if the above final piece of the update that's failing resolves in a few days and go from there.
    Be the reason you don't have the issue is because I assume you did a clean win 11 install. I've been waiting to do that till a more stable version was released (which I was hoping would be this one). I upgraded from 10 to 11, others have reported issues with task manager as well but none of the articles have an actual fix. I found the workaround in the comment section of an article about broken task manager.
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  • Colif
    I updated from 10 to 11 via the insiders program, I haven't clean installed in 2 years now. My windows update history goes back to July last year. I had thought the version update would clear that.

    Only thing I have noticed that doesn't work is Windows Update.
    I haven't really looked around a lot since getting it. Apart from making my start menu less cluttered
    https://i.imgur.com/qGtWoZ1.jpg
    this post fixed it for me
    To perform the update:

    Access Microsoft Update CatalogDownload the update "2022-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64-based operating systems (KB5017321)"
    Run the ".msu" file and wait for the update to complete.
    https://www.elevenforum.com/t/kb5017321-causing-0x800f0806-when-trying-to-download-cu.9066/#post-197384
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  • sdmf1974
    Thanks for the link, I went ahead & dleted ALL temporary files & windows update leftover files on my C: drive and then downloaded & installed the update directly from your link & it did resolve the failed update error 0x800f0806 HOWEVER Task Manager is STILL broken, none of the polling works for CPU & memory & TM refuses to close out,
    just like it was doing before the 22H2 update, I dont get it. I guess my only option is to do a clean install & hope that fixes it.
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  • Colif
    tried running the System maintenance troubleshooter?
    its not in a normal spot.
    Go to control panel.
    Show large icons
    click on Troubleshooting
    next to System & Security, click Run Maintenance tasks

    have you run chkdsk on the C drive?
    if its an ssd type chkdsk c: /f in command prompt (admin)
    will want to run at startup so press Y to agree

    go to settings inside Task manager and check the Real Time Update Speed isn't set to paused
    I didn't even know it had settings until yesterday
    https://i.imgur.com/b8c1R5S.jpg
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  • GraniteStateColin
    sdmf1974 said:
    Yeah so went ahead & did the windows update assistant to do it manually, no thanks to microsoft and it now says I have 22H2 but there is still another update (KB5017321) that fails to download SMH! Not only that but the NEW version of task manager is also perpetually frozen & wont close just like it was on 21H2! You cant make this stuff up.

    Look I Always just do a fresh install which is best & I keep ALL my games & backups on a seperate drive but I wanted to make sure the new version was out & available BEFORE I do a clean install so I dont have these issues after I wipe my drive & do a clean install. It would be nice for once to not have to do a fresh install every six months or so . Guess Ill have to wait for AOC to tell me its ok to download the newest version of OS on MY PC.


    From your earlier post, this update did not appear for you when you went to Windows Update. That means that the updater found some incompatible software running and you should have waited until it appeared in Windows Update in the coming weeks. That's the whole point of it not appearing for everyone in Windows Update -- to protect against exactly the problem you had. Don't blame MS for your insisting on installing after they told you your system wasn't ready for it yet.

    Just as an example: it did appear in Windows Update for me on my laptop running Windows 11, but not on my desktop also running Windows 11 (just upgraded from Windows 10, hoping it would go straight to the 22H2 version, because I wanted to wait to upgrade my desktop from Windows 10 until I could get folders in the Start menu, which only come with 22H2). But neither of us can blame MS. They have been very clear that the update will roll out in compatibility waves, so for your system and my desktop system, unlike my laptop, they haven't finished making it compatible with all existing software yet. If I force it onto my desktop right now, I assume I'd have problems, just like you did.

    Love the update on my Laptop. Finally has a usable Start menu, which is MUCH faster and more responsive than Start11 (too slow if you want to search from Start -- always misses the first few characters typed -- otherwise, Start11 is a good addition for those who prefer the Windows 10 Start menu).
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