Reinstall Windows 11 Pro

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This article describes ways to install Windows 11. Note: To upgrade to Windows 11, devices should meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Some Windows 10 features aren't available in Windows 11. System requirements to experience some Windows 11 features and apps will exceed the Windows 11 minimum system requirements.

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Find Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements.

Make sure the device you want to install Windows 11 on meets the minimum system requirements. If your device is currently running Windows 10, we recommend you verify the minimum system requirements using the PC Health Check app. We do not recommend installing Windows 11 on a device that doesn't meet requirements.

For more info, see Installing Windows 11 on devices that don't meet minimum system requirements. If you’re upgrading from Windows 10, we recommend you wait until you're notified through Windows Update that the upgrade is ready for your device.

To check if Windows 11 is ready for your device, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. For known issues that might affect your device, you can also check the Windows release health hub.

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Use the Installation Assistant to upgrade We recommend you wait until your device has been offered the upgrade to Windows 11 before you use the Installation Assistant. When you're ready, you can find it on the Windows 11 software download page.

Create Windows 11 installation media On the Windows 11 software download page, select Create tool now and follow the instructions to install Windows 11.

Microsoft recommends against installing Windows 11 on a device that does not meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. If you choose to install Windows 11 on a device that does not meet these requirements, and you acknowledge and understand the risks, you can create the following registry key values and bypass the check for TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is required) and the CPU family and model.

Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup. Name: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU. Type: REG_DWORD. Note: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method.

These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved.

Modify the registry at your own risk. There are two installation paths available:. Upgrade by launching Setup on the media while running Windows 10.

You will have the option to: a. Perform a Full Upgrade, which keeps personal files (including drivers), apps, and Windows Settings.

This is the default experience and is the one that Installation Assistant uses. Keep Data Only will keep personal files (including drivers) only, not apps and not Windows Settings.

Clean Install will install Windows 11 and keep nothing from the Windows 10 installation. For more info, see Give your PC a Fresh Start.

Boot from media to launch Setup. This path is a clean install and will not retain previous files or settings. For more info, see Give your PC a Fresh Start.

Important: You should verify that your device meets minimum system requirements before you choose to boot from media, because it will allow you to install Windows 11 if you have at least TPM 1.2 (instead of the minimum system requirement of TPM 2.0), and it will not verify that your processor is on the approved CPU list based on family and model of processor.

Create an image install. Use DISM or 3rd party tools to directly apply an existing Windows 11 image to the disk.

Important: An image install of Windows 11 will not check for the following requirements: TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is required) and CPU family and model.

Other ways to install Windows 11 (not recommended)

Upgrade a Windows 10 PC to Windows 11. You have a Windows 10 license.

  1. Your PC must have Windows 10, version 2004 or higher installed to run Installation Assistant.
  2. Your PC meets the Windows 11 device specifications for upgrade requirements and supported features.
  3. Certain features require additional hardware.

Mount an ISO File of Windows 11 for Reinstallation

We also recommend that you visit your PC’s manufacturer’s website for information about updated drivers and hardware compatibility. Your PC must have 9 GB of free disk space to download Windows 11. You need to be an administrator to run this tool. Once the tool confirms the device hardware is compatible, you will be presented with the license terms.

Select Accept and Install. Once the tool is ready, click the Restart Now button to complete installation on your computer.

It might take some time to install Windows 11, and your PC will restart a few times. Make sure you don’t turn off your PC. Run this to see if anything changed:. Please mark my posts as answers or helpful if they are.

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Can't run anything on it. That's why I'm trying to reinstall windows to rebuild the boot sector.

The specs for windows 11 haven't changed and the hardware in my computer is still more than required. I've been through the BIOS also to make sure it was still good and it is.

Something in the install software isn't reading correctly.Report abuse Harassment is any behavior intended to disturb or upset a person or group of people.

Threats include any threat of suicide, violence, or harm to another. Any content of an adult theme or inappropriate to a community web site.

Any image, link, or discussion of nudity.

Any behavior that is insulting, rude, vulgar, desecrating, or showing disrespect. Any behavior that appears to violate End user license agreements, including providing product keys or links to pirated software.

Unsolicited bulk mail or bulk advertising. Any link to or advocacy of virus, spyware, malware, or phishing sites.

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It will run the install normally now.Report abuse Harassment is any behavior intended to disturb or upset a person or group of people.

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Any behavior that appears to violate End user license agreements, including providing product keys or links to pirated software.

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Unsolicited bulk mail or bulk advertising. Any link to or advocacy of virus, spyware, malware, or phishing sites.

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Sorry this didn't help. Thanks for your feedback.How satisfied are you with this reply?Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.How satisfied are you with this reply?Thanks for your feedback.The computer won't boot.

Can't run anything on it. That's why I'm trying to reinstall windows to rebuild the boot sector.

The specs for windows 11 haven't changed and the hardware in my computer is still more than required.

I've been through the BIOS also to make sure it was still good and it is. Something in the install software isn't reading correctly.Report abuse Harassment is any behavior intended to disturb or upset a person or group of people.

Threats include any threat of suicide, violence, or harm to another.

Any content of an adult theme or inappropriate to a community web site.

Any image, link, or discussion of nudity. Any behavior that is insulting, rude, vulgar, desecrating, or showing disrespect.

Any behavior that appears to violate End user license agreements, including providing product keys or links to pirated software.

Unsolicited bulk mail or bulk advertising. Any link to or advocacy of virus, spyware, malware, or phishing sites. Any other inappropriate content or behavior as defined by the Terms of Use or Code of Conduct. Any image, link, or discussion related to child pornography, child nudity, or other child abuse or exploitation.

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I had to turn off a TPM BIOS setting and turn it back on to get the install software to recognize that my computer met all the requirements.