How To Reinstall Windows 11

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Press any key to load Windows setup files. Learn more here. The Windows logo will appear on screen, this might be here for a while, as long as you see the animating dots, everything should be ok. Select your Language, Time and Keyboard method then click Next. Click Install now. Windows 11 setup will prompt you for a product key during installation a couple times. If you originally upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 click the option 'I don't have a key' and 'Do this later' . If you have a Windows 10 or Windows 11 product key, you can proceed to enter it. Setup will also prompt you to select the edition you have a license for - Home or Pro. Please make sure you choose the right edition. If you choose the wrong edition, your only option will be to perform a clean install again. The copy of Windows 11 you download and upgrade from will correspond with the edition of Windows you have installed, if it does not, this is why you might be experiencing problems activating:. Windows 10 Home > Windows 11 Home. Windows 10 Pro > Windows 11 Pro. If you are running specific editions of Windows 10 such as N, Single Language, Education, Pro Edu or Pro for Workstations, make sure you select the correct edition. Accept the license terms then click Next. Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) . NOTE: Sometimes Windows 11 setup can become confused if it see's a thumb drive. You might get a driver missing error or something to that effect. If you do, restart setup, but this time, when you arrive at the following screen, disconnect your thumb drive then go through Custom options. When setup is ready copy files, it will prompt you to reconnect the installation source (your USB). Select the drive then click New. NOTE: If you have multiple partitions listed, select each one (starting at the bottom), then click delete until there is only a single (one) unallocated drive displayed in the window. Select the unallocated drive listed, click New, click Apply then OK. This will split the drive into multiple partitions, select the Primary partition then click Next. NOTE: The System Reserved partition is where recovery files are kept for diagnostics and repairing damaged Windows 11 files; or even reinstall Windows 11. Wait while Windows installs. When this phase of setup is complete, Windows will automatically restart then reboot into setup again. Windows is detecting and installing your hardware. After this is complete, Windows will restart one last time. Out of Box Experience. The Out of Box Experience page is where you get to configure detailed settings in Windows, which includes creating a user account, configure privacy, sync PC settings and install modern applications. Perform a Clean Install Using Reset, Recovery Drive or Refresh Tools (Start Fresh) in Windows 11.