How to Download and Install Windows 11? (Complete Guide)
How to download and install Microsoft's new operating system Windows 11? Here is our step-by-step installation and format guide.
Microsoft has made it easy for us to experience Windows 11 through the Windows Insider Program. And it’s officially available for compatible devices that meet Windows 11 minimum system requirements. The latest Windows 11 comes with a large number of new features and improvements with which to continue being the leader in desktop PCs. If you are someone who likes to clean install Windows, installing Windows 11 from USB would be a good option. This means you won’t have any temporary or residual files, providing a faster and smoother experience. Therefore, if you want to install Windows 11 from USB, you can follow our step-by-step guide below.
How to Download Windows 11?
Microsoft has finally made the Windows 11 ISO file available for download. However, downloading the ISO from Microsoft’s site can be a bit of a hassle. We have already prepared a direct link to the 64 Bit English version that you need to download. You can download Windows 11 ISO with one click through this link:
Installing Windows 11 from USB
We will first talk about how to create a bootable Windows 11 USB and then how to install Windows 11 on your PC from scratch.
Creating a Windows 11 Bootable USB
We will use Rufus to create a bootable Windows 11 USB because it is simple to use. The first job is to download the Windows 11 ISO file officially from Microsoft’s website.
- First, plug the USB flash drive into your computer. Next, launch Rufus and it will automatically select the USB device.
- Now click “Choose” and choose the Windows 11 ISO image.
We recommend running Rufus on the computer on which you want to install Windows 11. This allows Rufus to automatically preselect the correct values based on your system configuration.
- If you are creating the bootable USB on another computer, we recommend checking the partition scheme of the target machine beforehand.
- Press the “Windows + X” keyboard shortcut and open Disk Management.
- Here, right-click on “Disk 0” and open “Properties”.
- Next, switch to “Volumes” and check the Partition style, whether it’s GPT or MBR. For example, ours is MBR.
- Note: Since upgrading to Windows 11 requires the GPT partition style, you can learn how to convert MBR to GPT disk without data loss from our linked article. Since we will do a zero installation in this guide, you can back up your data and format it on the setup screen.
- Rufus will automatically select “GPT” under ” partition layout “, which is what it should be. MBR is old technology and has limitations. You should not use it.
- Finally, do not change any settings and click “START”. After the flashing is complete, close Rufus and insert the Windows 11 USB stick into the target machine.
Turn On TPM 2.0 Feature
TPM 2.0 is a must for Windows 11 and Microsoft is not going to give up on it. In this context, you need to activate the TPM 2.0 feature to install the operating system.
Windows 11 Clean Install (Format)
- To install Windows 11 from USB, you must restart your computer. You will have to keep pressing the boot key as your PC boots up. Note: On most laptop or desktop computers, pressing the “F8” key during boot opens the Boot menu.
- After selecting the USB stick with Windows 11 in it, you will arrive at the Windows 11 installation screen. After selecting the language and region here, follow the Next > Install now steps.
- On the next screen, Windows 11 will ask you for the product key. You can also enter your product key later. You can continue by saying “I don’t have a product key ”. Windows 11 will be installed as a trial version as it is.
- You may then be prompted to select the Windows 11 version. If you are using a Windows-enabled laptop, the version may be selected automatically based on your previous configuration. This is usually the Windows 11 Home Single Language (SL) version. However, it should be noted that you can choose different versions on this screen:
- Windows 11 Home
- Windows 11 Home Single Language
- Windows 11 Education
- Windows 11 Pro
- Windows 11 Pro Education
- Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
- Now click on “Custom”. It allows you to install Windows 11 on a specific drive.
- When you come to the disk partitioning page;
- If you have backed up your files to an external disk, after deleting all partitions, you can select the disk that has been created and click Next to start the installation process.
- If you have trouble erasing the disk, you can use the Diskpart tool. Diskpart will also fix the MBR issue.
- If you want to install without erasing your disk, you can directly select the C drive (you guessed it by its size) and say Next . All your files will be moved to Windows.old folder and you will still have a clean Windows 11.
- If you want to create C and D drive :
- Delete all partitions first.
- Select Unallocated Space and say New . Specify a size for the C drive.
- Select the ascending section and say New to it and confirm. That drive will be your D drive.
- Finally, Windows 11 will be installed on your PC from USB.
- Your PC will reboot automatically after installation. You will be greeted with the brand new first welcome screen (OOBE) of Windows 11.
- If you are using Windows 11 Home during installation, you cannot create an offline account. You must have an active internet connection to sign in to your Microsoft account. Yep, that’s one of the ridiculous system requirements that comes with Windows 11. However, if you have selected other versions of Windows 11, you can use the offline route: Login Options -> Offline Account -> Limited experience.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Windows 11 from the USB drive on your computer. Now try all the new Windows 11 features on your computer. A new centered start menu redesigned Microsoft Store with Android app support, widgets, a new action center, voice typing and much more are available in Windows 11.
Upgrade to Windows 11
If you don’t want to deal with downloading the ISO, you can use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. This tool makes it possible to upgrade your old version of Windows to the new Windows 11, preserving your data. Here are different ways to Upgrade your PC to windows 11 for free right now.
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