Windows 11 Create Installation Media

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You can use a Windows 11 installation USB flash drive to clean install, upgrade, reset, or repair Windows 11. The installation USB can also be used as a recovery drive to boot to WinRE (aka: advanced startup).

This tutorial will show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive used to install Windows 11 with UEFI support. You must be signed in as an administrator to create a bootable Windows 11 installation USB.The USB flash drive needs to be at least 8 GB or larger in size.

  • Option One: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media with Media Creation Tool.

  • Option Two: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media with Rufus.

Option Three: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media in Command Prompt. This will be for a Windows 11 Build 22000.318 USB.

This is a standalone exe file that doesn't install anything to your PC.

  • For Rufus FAQs, see: rufus FAQ on GitHub. Under Device, select the USB flash drive you want to format and use.

  • Under Boot selection, click/tap on the SELECT button, and navigate to and select the Windows 11 ISO file. Under Image option (if available), select Standard Windows installation. Under Partition scheme, select GPT. Under Target system, select UEFI (non CSM). Under Volume label, you can enter any name you like for the USB flash drive, or leave the default name.

  • Under File system, select NTFS. Under Cluster size, select the (Default) (ex: 4096 bytes) it has listed. format fs=fat32 quick into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.13 Type assign letter=X into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.14 Type active into the elevated terminal and press Enter.15 Type select partition 2 into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.16 Type format fs=ntfs quick into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.17 Type assign letter=Y into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.18 You can now close the elevated Windows terminal.19 Open File Explorer (Win+E) to This PC.

You will see the USB has two partitions. Partition "X" with FAT32 file system, and partition "Y" with NTFS file system.