How to Install Windows 11 September 2023 Update with 23H2 Features

Are you eager to experience the exciting features of Windows 11 23H2? In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to install the September 2023 update and unlock the impressive enhancements Microsoft has in store.


Microsoft has introduced many compelling features in the Windows 11 23H2 update, set to be unleashed in September 2023. This article will explore how to get your hands on these new features and improvements. Although the initial release date was slated for September 26, 2023, Microsoft has clarified that this rollout is a non-security update for version 22H2, enabling features such as the Copilot AI, the new Windows Backup app, a revamped File Explorer, and the intriguing Dynamic Lighting functionality.

The Rollout Process

On September 26, Microsoft will not launch Windows 11 23H2. Instead, the first wave of features for the next update will become available for version 22H2 through the “Windows Update” settings. Before the year’s end, an enablement package will be released to complete the upgrade and switch your version to 23H2.

Getting Started

If your device already runs Windows 11 22H2, you can access the first wave of features from the Windows 11 September 2023 update via Windows Update. Alternatively, you can download the update through the Release Preview Channel.

For those with Windows 11 21H2 or a supported version of Windows 10, you’ll first need to upgrade to version 22H2 before downloading the KB5030310 update from “Windows Update” to unlock the new features.

Installing Windows 11 September Update from Settings

To install the Windows 11 2023 Update’s new features in September, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.
  5. Optionally, click the “Download and install” option to apply a preview of an upcoming update.
  6. Click the Restart Now button.

Once you complete these steps, some of the features and changes planned for version 23H2 will be installed on your Windows 11 22H2 computer via the KB5030310 update.

Additional App Updates

This release also includes updates for various inbox apps, including Paint, Photos, Notepad, Clipchamp, Snipping Tool, and others. After installing the system update, open the Microsoft Store > Library and click the “Get updates” button to download and install these new features.

Manual Installation from Update Catalog

If you prefer to download and install the September update (build 22631.2361) manually on Windows 11 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
  2. Search for the knowledge base number of the update, e.g., KB5030310.
  3. Click the Download button for the update to install manually.
  4. Download the x64 version of the cumulative update (unless you have an ARM-based device).
  5. Click the link to download the .msu package to your computer.
  6. Double-click the “.msu” file to launch the installer.
  7. Click the Yes button to install the September update.
  8. Click the Restart Now button.

After these steps, the September update and all its new features will be applied to Windows 11 22H2.

Installation via the Insider Program

To install the September 2023 update for Windows 11 with version 23H2 features, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click the Windows Insider Program tab.
  4. Click the Get Started button.
  5. Click the “Link an account” button and sign in with your Microsoft account credentials.
  6. Under “Pick your Insider settings,” select “Release Preview.”
  7. Click the Continue button.
  8. Agree to the terms and conditions by clicking Continue.
  9. Click the Restart button.
  10. Open Settings after the reboot.
  11. Click on Windows Update.
  12. Click the Check for updates button.
  13. Click the Restart button.

Upon completing these steps, Windows Update will download and initiate the update, integrating new features and changes from version 23H2.

Don’t forget that you can remove your computer from the Insider Program via the “Windows Insider Program” settings page to prevent future upgrades by enabling the “Stop getting preview builds” toggle switch.

Now, you’re all set to enjoy the latest and most excellent Windows 11 features with the September 2023 update!

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