Fresh Install Windows 11

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  • Before you begin

    This assistant is for those who wish to:
    • Windows 11 22H2 is expected to be available during the second half of 2022, and the best way to upgrade is to perform a clean installation using a USB flash drive.

    Before you begin, check to see if the following conditions apply to you:
    • Although Microsoft always recommends using an in-place upgrade through Windows Update, changing the current installation can always cause problems and unexpected errors due to compatibility issues and custom system configurations that you may have applied in the past.
    • When you use a clean install of Windows 11 22H2, the changes of issue will be minimal because you will be deleting everything and applying a fresh copy of the operating system.
    • Also, if you have had the same setup for many months, erasing everything and starting from scratch can help resolve existing problems and improve startup times, performance, and memory usage. While there are multiple ways to proceed with a clean installation, the best approach is to use a USB bootable media with the Windows 11 22H2 files, which you can create using the Media Creation Tool, the official ISO file, or third-party tools like Rufus.
    • In this guide, you will learn the steps to perform a clean install of Windows 11 22H2 using a bootable USB flash drive whether you currently have a device with Windows 11 21H2, Windows 10, or an older version.
    After you download the Installation Assistant:
    1. Important: These instructions are meant to install version 22H2 after it’s officially released.
    2. If you upgrade to the version before it’s officially available, you may come across bugs and issues. It’s also recommended to create a temporary full backup before proceeding.
    3. The installation process requires creating a USB flash drive with the installation files.
    4. You then need to boot your computer with the bootable media to launch the Windows 11 22H2 setup. Also, you have to make sure the computer can start from a USB flash drive, which means you may need to change the UEFI settings.

    Note: Windows 11 Installation Assistant doesn’t run on ARM-based PCs. It’s only supported for PCs using x64 processors. If you need installation media to install Windows 11 on a different PC, see Create Windows 11 Installation Media.