Guide: how to install Windows 11 from a USB

Windows 11 has many advantages compared to Windows 10: a complete visual improvement and many new and useful features. If you want to install Windows 11 on your PC, follow these steps to install Windows 11 from a USB.

How to install Windows 11 from a USB?

Before installing Windows 11 we recommend you review the W11 minimum requirements, especially what has to do with TPM chip. Although, if you do not have a TPM chip, here is a trick to bypass this limitation. Once you know this, we are going to proceed with the tutorial, and the first thing will be to download Windows 11.

Simply get the Windows 11 ISO, if it hasn’t been submitted yet, here’s how to download the Windows 11 ISO (before its release).

How to create a bootable USB drive with Windows 11

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We are going to use the “Rufus” software to create a bootable USB drive. Download the «Rufus» program here. Install it on your computer.

  • Open Rufus and insert your USB drive (minimum 8 GB storage). Select the desired USB drive well where it says “Device”. If you have multiple USB drives on your computer, it is recommended to remove all of them and only use the one that you are going to transform into a boot disk.
  • Where it says «SELECT» open a window and select the ISO file on your PC.
  • Leave all other default options and press “START”.

How to install Windows 11 with a bootable USB and the PC turned on

  • The first step to install Windows 11 from a USB with the PC turned on is to connect that USB drive to your PC.
  • Click the Start button > Power On/Off. There you will find the options to “Sleep”, “Shutdown” and “Restart”.
  • Hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard and click “Restart”. If done correctly your PC should boot to a blue screen with a few options. Click on “Fix problem”.
  • Click on “Advanced Options”, then on “UEFI Firmware Settings” and then on “Restart”.

This can also be done by pressing the key to access the BIOS when your PC starts up, but in that case you must know what that key is and it is not the same on all PCs. Normally it is usually the Esc, F2, F8, F12 or the DEL key.

  • Your PC should now reboot and enter the BIOS. Look in the “Boot” menu something that says «Boot Menu/Priority».
  • Now all you have to do is bring the name of your USB drive up to the top of the boot list, so that the BIOS takes the USB as the first boot drive. In some cases the USB will be considered storage so you will have to adjust the «priority» in the hard drives section. This will depend a lot on the type of BIOS you have.
  • Save the changes you just made and boot the PC again.
  • your pc now it will restart automatically and it should start loading the “Windows 11” setup.

Does your PC not detect USB with Windows 11?

A PC with UEFI/BIOS will refuse to boot from a USB stick containing Windows or Linux in the MBR partition scheme, since it just won’t show up in the boot menu. You would first have to manually switch the BIOS to MBR/Legacy /SATA mode (PC dependent) to continue the installation.

Also, make sure have successfully converted your USB to a bootable drive. You can go through the whole process again if you think the data may have been corrupted or some other issue might have come into play when you were creating the bootable USB.

Ready, by completing the steps in this guide and install Windows 11 from a USB, you will be able to enjoy this excellent Microsoft operating system. You can tell us how it went in the comments. We will help you if you have doubts.


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