Want to Install Windows 11 from USB Drive?
If yes then you are in the right place.
On 24th June 2021, Microsoft released its latest version of Windows OS.
And even after 2 weeks, only very few have successfully installed it on their Laptop or PC.
Although, I have already shared much about Windows 11 in my recent posts including how to upgrade it, minimum requirements to run, & supported processors.
But still, there are so many users who are struggling with such issues.
And we are trying our best to solve these issues. So, stay tuned.
Likewise in this post, I will show how to do a clean Windows 11 install from an ISO file using a USB stick.
So let’ see how it works…
How to Install Windows 11 from USB Flash Drive: A Step by Step Guide
But before we dive in further, I want to give you a quick overview.
In this tutorial, we will be creating a bootable USB Dive and then we will booting from this USB device & at last we will be configuring Windows 11 Settings.
Here I would suggest you first check if your PC can run Win 11 or not. And if you are eligible and can run it on your Laptop or PC then that’s great, you can easily move further.
But before that, please make sure you have all the necessary things that are required for this Windows installation.
- A USB Flash Drive of at least 8Gb or more
- Windows 11 ISO File ( Use the given link to download it. )
- Any Free Bootable USB Creator Tool.
Once you have all these things with you then you easily perform all these steps mentioned below.
Note:- If you are using a Laptop, Tablet, or Notebook for Windows 11 installation purposes then I would suggest please charge it properly before performing the below-mentioned tasks.
So let’s get started & follow this step-by-step guide…
1. Create Windows 11 bootable USB
First, we need to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive from an ISO image file. And it’s pretty easy to make one, just you need a tool like Windows USB/ DVD Download Tool and a USB device. If you don’t know how to make pendrive bootable then check the above link.
The guide shared in the above link is using the Rufus tool, you can also use any other tool but Rufus works great. And later on, we will be sharing another guide using Windows 11 Media Creation Tool when it’s officially released by Microsoft.
However, the below process is pretty easy to follow but it’s a little time-consuming. And that’s why I want to suggest you one easier option to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Because doing a clean install using the below steps will wipe all your applications and other data present on your Laptop or Computer.
Now let’s move to the next part…
2. Setting up BIOS Settings
Now that you have already created a bootable USB, it’s time to use it. But for that, you need to learn how to boot from USB using the below steps.
Although, booting from USB is a pretty easy task but many users are still confused and facing difficulties in doing so.
And here is a quick guide for them…
- Restart your PC & as soon as it starts booting, press the BIOS Settings key or the Boot Menu key.
- After that the BIOS settings will open up, now go to the Boot Settings or Boot Menu & then change the Boot order as USB Fash Drive on 1st Priority.
- Now save all those BIOS settings and then Exit.
And done! Now your PC or Laptop will boot using the USB drive.
Also, if you are facing some issues then you can check out this post on how to bypass secure boot & TPM 2.0.
Quick Tip:- Here are some BIOS keys ( F12, F11, F2, F1, Esc ) that you can use or you can search them according to your PC’s motherboard.
Now let’s move to the next part…
3. Start Windows 11 Installation
In the above section, the Boot Order is already set to the USB drive. And now to start the Windows installation process you need to follow some steps given below.
Just you have to Insert the Bootable USB drive into your PC or Laptop, that you have earlier created. After that Restart your PC and then press any key when the message “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…” occurs.
After that, it will start booting and loading the Windows 11 setup files and then Windows Setup will open up.
Note:- As you know this Windows OS is still in the development phase and that’s why I would recommend you to first try to install Win 11 on Virtualbox and then on your host machine.
4. Installing Windows 11 OS
Now select the Language to install and Time Zone according to your country and then click on Next.
After that click on Install now button to start the Windows installation.
After that, the “Activate Windows” dialog box will open up, so if you have the Windows 11 product key then Enter it or simply click on “I don’t have a product key”.
And now the “Select the operating system you want to install” dialog box will open up, so select any version like “Windows 11 Pro” and then click on Next.
After that, the “Applicable notices and license terms” dialog box will open, so enable the “I accept the Microsoft Software License Terms” checkbox and then click on Next.
5. Type of Windows Installation
After that, the “Which type of installation do you want?” dialog box will open up, so click on “Custom: Install Windows Only (advanced)“.
Note:- You can also select the “Upgrade” option but here we are doing a clean Windows 11 install. Before moving further, I hope you have already backed up your files because after that all your files will be deleted.
6. Disk Partitioning
After that the “Where do you want to install Windows?” dialog box will open up, so now click on “Drive 0 Partition 2” and then Format it & at last click on Next.
Apart from this, if you want to install it on some other partition then you can easily create a new partition by using the New option.
Note:- Since I have taken these screenshots while installing it on a Virtual machine that’s why it is only 99 GB as storage space.
7. Copying & Installing Windows files
After that the “Installing Windows” dialog box will open up, showing all the files getting copied and ready for installation. So wait for few minutes to complete the process.
And once all the files are copied and installed, now it will automatically Restart & then show a message of “Getting device ready “.
And done! You have successfully installed Windows 11 on your PC and now comes the configuration part.
8. Settings up Win11 Preferences
Now after that a “Is this the right country or region” dialog box will open up, so select your Country and then click on Next.
After that, it will ask for “Is this the right keyboard layout or input method“, so select as the US for keyboard layout and then click on Yes.
Now if you want to add a second keyboard layout then you can easily do that by clicking on Add layout or you can simply click on Skip.
Now if you are connected to the Internet, then it will start Checking for updates if there any.
After that the “How would you like to set up this device?” dialog box will open, so click on “Set up for personal use” & then click on Next.
Now let’s move to the next part & enter your Microsoft account details.
9. Creating Microsoft Account & PIN
Now “Let’s add your Microsoft account“, so enter your Email & Password and then click on Sign in.
Now a “Create a PIN” dialog box will open up, so click on Create PIN.
Now it will ask for Setting up your PIN, so enter the PIN & then click on OK.
Now let’s move to the next part…
10. Finalizing Windows 11 Settings
Once you are done with the PIN creation, now it’s time to finalize settings like Privacy settings and other settings for OneDrive. So now enable the Location and Find my device as Yes & then click on Next.
After that, a “Let’s customize your experience” dialog box will open up, so if you want to customize them then you can do so or simply click on Skip.
After that the “Save space on your PC with OneDrive” will open up, so click on “Only store files on this device” and then click on Next.
And Done! Now it will take few minutes for saving all these settings & once they are done, you will see Windows 11 running on your PC.
That’s it for now…
So that’s all about how you can easily install Windows 11 from Pendrive on your Computer or Laptop. Also, if you got stuck anywhere in the above then I would suggest you to again check the Win 11 system requirements that are required for running it properly.
Apart from this, you may find some steps different on your PC because this may vary for users who are connected to the WiFi or not.
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