Tutorial Guide: Download and Create Custom Windows 11 ISO

This article illustrates a free and native tool to download and create custom Windows 11 ISO image. And the best way to protect this custom system after installing it.


By Ivy Updated on February 17, 2023

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User Case: Minimal or Custom Windows 11 ISO Image

“Hi, All. I’m working on a small project but the customer needs to have installed a custom version of Windows 11, they want to remove all the unwanted extra software that Windows 11 have pre-installed and they want to deploy it through Microsoft SCCM.

Is there any lightest or minimal version of windows 11 ISO Image from Microsoft? How can I customize the services and software on the image? I'll be more than glad if someone can advise me on this. Thank you in advance for your help and support.”

Custom Windows 11 ISO Image

Why Create Custom Windows 11 ISO?

Windows 11 ISO is a compressed image file that contains all of the installation files for the latest Windows operating system. You can download it from Microsoft and clean install Windows 11 as long as it meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

It is said that an increasing number of users want to create custom Windows 11 ISO images and we summarize 3 main reasons in the following.

  • Many users complain that Windows 11 ISO comes with a lot of unnecessary files and bloatware, which will heavily use computer resources and greatly slow down computer performance. 
  • At the same time, some enthusiastic game lovers report their games in Windows 11 don’t run well as they should.
  • Besides, Windows 11 ISO always brings a large install.wim file, which makes it difficult to install into a FAT32 partition. The process is also time-consuming.

What Is the Best Custom Windows 11 ISO?

Reliable software is necessary for the best custom Windows 11 ISO since it ensures you can safely customize Windows 11 ISO and does not receive any error during the process or daily use. We strongly recommend you use a free and native Microsoft tool - Windows ADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit).

It debuted in Windows Vista and was retained in the new system, such as Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11, and contains a set of tools that can be used to prepare, assess and launch image-based Windows deployments. To custom Windows 11 ISO image, you must use its Deployment Tools. And we will introduce you to the steps below.

How to Custom Windows 11 ISO Safely

To create Custom Windows 11 ISO, whether it is for gaming or not, you need to prepare the following two items:

  • Download Windows 11 ADK and install Deployment Tools with it. You can choose to uncheck other features in the following window.

Install Deployment Tools

Mount ISO

Now follow the steps below to create the best custom Windows 11 ISO image.

Step 1. Open the mounted ISO file and copy the content to a local folder. For example, to D:\ISO_Files.

Step 2. Refer to Microsoft documents to add or remove optional features in the Windows 11 ISO.

Step 3. Go to Start > All Apps > W and Windows Kit. Then right-click Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment and select More > Run as administrator

Select Deployment Tool

Step 4. Type cd \ and the following command to create custom Windows 11 ISO. Remember to press Enter after each command.

oscdimg.exe -m -o -u2 -udfver102

-bootdata:2#p0,e,bd:\iso_files\boot\etfsboot.com#pEF,e,bd:\iso_files\efi\microsoft\boot\efisys.bin d:\iso_files d:\MyISO.iso

Custom Windows 11 ISO

Note: Replace D:\ISO_Files with the path to your ISO_Files folder as well as preffered path and name for the new ISO file.

Step 5. It will start to create MyISO.iso on D: drive. Wait patiently until the process is complete and you can then use it to install Windows 11 without unwanted bloatware.

How to Make Your Custom System Always Safe

With the best custom Windows 11 ISO, you can enjoy a fast system, and use it to do whatever you want, such as, play games. To make it always safe and get back quickly even if your system crashes, it’s suggested to create a system image backup in Windows 11.

The best time to create it is immediately after installing Windows 11, which is also known as a factory image and includes only a pure system. To include newly installed programs and saved data, you need to set it as a schedule backup task.

We recommend you use free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard to automatically backup system or the entire disk in Windows 11. It supports Daily, Weekly, and Monthly schedule backup and will enable incremental backup to backup only changed files as long as you set a scheduled task in it.

Step 1. Download, install, and open free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then click "Backup" and "System Backup".

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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System Backup

Step 2. It will select Windows 11 OS and all the required boot partitions by default. Click the second box and select a path to receive this custom system image.

Select Destination

Tip: You can backup Windows 11 to external hard drive, USB flash drive, NAS, or network location, etc.

Step 3. Click Schedule Backup and enable the Daily, Weekly, or Monthly options. Then click "Start Backup" to backup Windows 11 system partition.

Schedule Backup


  • The Event triggers and USB plug in (eg: to automatically backup computer to USB flash drive) feature are available on the Professional version or higher.
  • Except for Schedule Backup, you can also enable email notification, normal or high compression, etc in Options as well as backup and cleanup methods in Backup Scheme (advanced edition).


This article focuses on how to create the best custom Windows 11 ISO safely and protect the customized system installed with this ISO file. Then you can use it with confidence.

Even if your system crashes, you can restore Windows 11 system image to new hard drive with factory image or new backups, depending on whether you want to keep the installed programs or data.

In advanced edition, you can deploy system image to multiple computers over network instead of one by one. This will save you much time and effort for batch install Windows 11. Try Technician or TechPlus edition.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.