Create Windows 11 Installation Media

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Whether you want to upgrade your computer to Windows 11 or do a fresh install if something goes wrong with your system, a USB bootable drive is a popular way to go.

After all, it is far more convenient than burning a DVD and can be used in more situations. All you need to do is download Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft website and make one. In a broader sense, there is another bootable USB drive, the recovery drive, which uses the tools that come with Windows and contains the Windows recovery environment as well as the installation files (optional) and can be used for system troubleshooting or reinstallation.

  • Below you will find the two ways to create bootable USB in Windows 11.

  • A bootable Windows 11 USB drive is the best way to install Windows 11.

However, if you are upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11, please check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 11 first.

If not, you can search for ways to bypass the requirements, but Microsoft has said it will not guarantee subsequent updates for unsupported PCs, plus there may be security or compatibility issues.

  • To create a bootable Windows 11 USB drive, you first need a computer running Windows 10 or 11, and a USB drive larger than 8 GB.

  • Open Microsoft's download page, scroll down to find the "Create Windows 11 Installation Media " section and click the "Download Now" button below. When the download is complete, open the file called "MediaCreationToolW11.exe". Click on it to start the installation. Tip: It’s recommended to backup your computer (at least important files) before installation.

  • First "Accept" the terms and conditions, you will be given options to select language and edition. Uncheck the "Use the recommended options for this PC" box and you can make your own choices.

Then click “Next”. Choose which media to use. To create a bootable USB, make sure that "USB flash drive" is selected, and then click “Next”.