Create Windows 11 Bootable USB From ISO File: How to

Want to create Windows 11 bootable USB?

If yes then you are in the right place.

Microsoft has officially released its new Windows OS on 24 June 2021.

And now recently they have given the first Insider Preview Update of Windows 11.

And every Windows user is amazed by the new Start Menu. They have created a whole new round corner design & shifted it to the center which makes it more appealing.

Although, Microsoft has officially given a new update for Windows 10 users so that they can also experience it too.

But I have seen many users who really want to do a clean installation of Windows 11 on their PC.

And in this case, they will definitely need a Windows 11 USB to install it.

So, let’s see how it helps…

How to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive From an ISO Image File

But before we dive in further.

Please check if your PC can run Windows 11 or not.

Also, make sure you have all the mentioned things which are required.

  • A Pen Drive: At least 8Gb or more
  • Windows 11 ISO File ( Direct Download Link )
  • USB Tool ( Which will help you to convert Windows ISO to USB )

And if you don’t have an ISO Image file with you, then you can easily download it from the above give link. Here I am using the Micorosoft_Consumer_Client_ISO version and if you want then you can also use the Windows 11 Insider Preview.

And here in this tutorial, I am going to use a tool called Rufus. (Which is great utility to make Windows 11 USB bootable easily)

So let’s get started.

1. Download and Install Rufus Tool

First, download and Install the Rufus tool on your PC or Laptop.

Download and Install Rufus

Since it is a portable application that doesn’t require any installation.

2. Open Rufus USB Tool

Once the installation is done, open the Rufus USB tool and then insert the USB Drive into your PC.

Open Rufus

3. Select USB Flash Drive

Now under the Drive Properties section, click on the Device drop-down menu, and then select your inserted USB Flash Drive.

Select USB Flash Drive

4. Select Windows 11 ISO File

After that under the Boot Selection section, click on the SELECT button.

Click on Select Button

Now navigate to the Windows 11 ISO Image file stored on your computer and then click on Open.

Select Windows 11 ISO Image File

5. Configure Bootable Settings

One thing which I really like about Rufus is that it automatically detects all the suitable settings according to your Windows OS. ( Which are necessary for booting a USB )

Configure Bootable Settings

But sometimes you may need to configure all accordingly. And for Windows 11 OS the suitable settings will be like this.

Image option as Standard Windows installation
Partition Scheme as MBR
Target System as BIOS ( or UEFI-CSM )

And once you are done with all the settings, now click on START.

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB using Rufus

Note:- Please make sure that you have already backup all your data from a USB Disk because after that it will be formatted.

After that, it will show you a WARNING, so ignore it and then click on OK.

Click on Ok to Format

And done! You have successfully created a Windows 11 bootable USB drive from an ISO file.

Important Tip:- Here I recommend you to please first try installing Win 11 on Virtualbox and then on your main computer.

Now let’s move to the next part & see how to boot it properly.

How to Boot Windows 11 USB Stick from PC or Laptop

In the above section, I have already shown you how to make a USB bootable. And in this part, I will show you how to boot it properly.

I have seen many users struggling in the boot process of Windows 11. I don’t know the actual reason but this quick guide can help them.

So let’s get started…

1. Insert the bootable USB drive into your PC or laptop & then Restart it.

2. Now your PC or Laptop will boot up showing your computer manufacturer logo and at that time press F2 or F12 repeatedly.

3. After that the Boot Menu will open up and then select the USB drive that you have created earlier. And now it will start loading the Windows OS files for installation.

Also, check out our post on download & install windows 11 for free.

And if this doesn’t work for you, then Step 4 is for you.

4. Now again Restart your CPU and check for the BIOS settings key. ( You can also try for Esc and F10 other than F2 and F12 )

5. Once you are in the BIOS Settings, now search for the Boot Order option and then Select USB Drive as 1st priority. After that Save and Exit.

And Done! You have successfully booted the Windows 11 from USB Drive.

Also, if you are still facing any issues, then I would suggest you to check the minimum system requirements below.

Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements

However, we have already talked so much about the system requirements in our recent posts. And according to me, there are no such system requirements that you need to fulfill. Also, Microsoft has said that if you are having a PC or laptop which is running windows 10 with good performance then you can also run Windows 11 on it.

Moreover, there is only one major change in the hardware requirements that is TPM 2.0 support and Secure Boot. And to check this, Microsoft has created a Windows 11 compatibility checker tool which is known as PC Health Check App. Using this application you can easily check if your PC can run Windows 11 or not.

Apart from this, you can also check out the given requirements below.

CPU Processor1.5 – 2 GHz or faster with at least 2 core
RAM4 GB RAM ( Minimum Recommended )
HHD or SSD64 GB ( Free Storage Space )
Display1600×900 HD Resolution Display
System FirmwareSupports UEFI and Secure Boot
TPM( Trusted Platform Module ) TPM 2.0
GraphicsSupport Directx 12 Graphic with WDDM 2.x

And for more information check out our detailed guide on necessary hardware requirements for Win 11.

Some FAQs

  1. How do you create a bootable iso file?

    An ISO Image is a file that consists of all the Windows Installation files into a single file. And you can easily create a bootable ISO file using those Windows files again.

  2. What do I need to make my USB drive bootable?

    If you want to make a USB drive bootable, then you only require an ISO Image File, a USB Flash Drive of at least 8 GB & a tool to make a bootable USB from an ISO File.

  3. How to install Windows USB / DVD download tool?

    Installing Windows USB/DVD Download Tool is pretty easy, just follow these steps. 1. Download & install the Tool from Microsoft. 2. Now Open the tool & insert USB into PC 3. Now select the ISO Image File & Click on Start.

  4. How do I download bootsect from Microsoft Store?

    You can easily download bootsect from Microsoft Store, Just you have to follow these steps. 1. Login to Microsoft Store. 2. Now Go to Windows purchase. 3. Now you will find an Additional File Download Option. 4. Now select the 64-bit or 32-bit version. It will start downloading.

That’s it for now…


So that’s how you can easily make your bootable USB using an ISO file and can use to install Windows 11 on your PC or laptop. Also, in this post, I have shared everything about this topic and if liked then you can also browse our most recent posts.

Here you can also use other tools like Windows USB/DVD Download Tool for making USB drives bootable easily.

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