Microsoft has officially released ISO images of Windows 11 and if your device meets the minimum requirement to install it, then the first thing you will be planning is to perform a clean installation of Windows 11, right?
To achieve this, what you will require is Windows 11 bootable USB as it is the best approach to perform a clean installation, especially when you want to install Windows 11 by formating the previous installation drive or starting fresh.
Apart from that, you can also use bootable Windows 11 USB install media to perform repair install or in-place upgrade of Windows 11 in case your device runs into any problem.
How to create bootable Windows 11 USB install media
If you don’t know how to create a bootable USB of Windows 11, then we would like to tell you that there are multiple ways that include Media Creation Tool (not available), Command Prompt, and third-party programs; For example Rufus.
In this blog post, we will share with you possible ways to create bootable Windows 11 USB. Before you start following the steps, make sure you have the following things:
- You need an ISO Image of Windows 11. You can follow the instructions here, to download a copy of Windows 11.
- You need a USB flash drive of a minimum of 8GB, we recommend USB 3.0 for better results.
- A working computer is needed to carry out the process.
- Before you start following any of the method, make sure to insert USB drive
Create Bootable Windows 11 USB using Media Creation Tool
One of the most convenient ways to make bootable installation media of Windows 11 is by using Media Creation Tool. Let’s learn how to do that:
Download the Media Creation tool for Windows 11 from here.
Double-click to open the MCT tool setup file. If the UAC dialog box appears, click Yes to continue.
Wait for few seconds, when the “Applicable notices and license terms” screen appear, click” Accept to continue.
On the next screen, uncheck the box for “Use the recommended options for this PC” and then select Language and Edition of Windows 11. And then, click Next.
On the next screen, select USB Flash drive.
Before moving further, you need to plugin USB Stick on your device. And make sure, it should be at least 8GB in size, click Next.
At last, the MCT tool will start downloading all the files required for the process. It will take around 20-30 depending on your internet speed.
Once everything is done, your installation media for Windows 11 is ready.
Create Bootable Windows 11 USB using Command Prompt
Click on the Search icon on the taskbar and type CMD. When it appears in search results, right-click on the Command Prompt, and then click on Run as administrator.
If the UAC dialog appears, click Yes to continue.
In the Command Prompt, type,
diskpart and hit Enter.
list disk and hit Enter. This will display a list of all the drives that are connected to your PC including your USB drive.
Now you will have to select the disk that you want to make bootable. To select the disk, type the command:
select disk <x> and hit Enter.
Here you will have to replace <x> with the disk number. In my case, its Disk 2, so the command will be
select disk 2.
After that, type:
Clean and hit Enter. This will delete all the data from the USB Drive.
Now you will have to create a new partition primary. To do so, type the command
create partition primary and hit Enter.
Now type the command:
select partition 1 and hit Enter to select the partition that you have created.
Next, you will have to format the partition to NTFS. Type
format fs=ntfs quick and hit Enter to quickly to format the partition.
Type the command
active and execute it. This will mark the partition you created as active. After you have done this, you will have to exit Diskpart. To do so, type
Exit and hit Enter.
After this close the command prompt as well.
Now copy all the files of the Windows 11 from the ISO to the USB drive to make it bootable. For that, double-click on the ISO image to mount it and then copy all the files to USB Drive.
Once the data copying process completes, you will remain with the bootable USB Drive of Windows 11.
Create Bootable Windows 11 USD using Rufus
Download and install the Rufus software from the official website. Ensure you download the correct architecture (x64-bit or x32-bit). After doing so, run the software on your PC.
Now ensure you have Windows 11 ISO image ready with you. Also, insert the USB Drive into your PC.
Now, under the Device option, select the USB flash drive which you want to make bootable.
Click on the Select button right beside the Device selection, and then head over to the location where you have saved the file of Windows 11. Select the ISO file for installing Windows.
Next, Ensure that the Partition scheme is set to GPT, and Target System is set to UEFI.
Now click on Start to start the process of creating a bootable USB. After you click on Start, you will get the data loss warning. Click on OK to continue with the process.
Wait for the process to complete. After the process has been completed you will be notified about it. After doing so you will have the bootable USB of Windows 11.
Now copy all the files of the Windows 11 from the ISO to the USB drive to make it bootable. You will have to extract the file contents from the ISO file of the Windows 11 that you have downloaded. You can do so with the help of a file extractor that supports ISO extension.
Now you have successfully created a bootable flash drive of Windows 11, and you can use it to reinstall/install Windows 11.