Microsoft just released the official Windows 11 ISO document. Together with the ISO burning tool, Rufus, You only need a USB memory stick (at least 8GB) to install Microsoft’s latest operating system on your system.
Of course, this naturally leads to the next question: Should you install Windows 11 now? We actually suggest to postpone it for a while. This is basically the first day of the new operating system, and based on past experience, things may be very unstable at first. Unless there are some pressing reasons to do so, it may be a wiser idea to stick to Windows 10 in the short term.
However, if you want to test it on a spare SSD, or dual-boot your PC with a dedicated Windows 11 partition, then here is how to install Windows 11 without waiting for Microsoft’s update.
You need to make sure that any system where you want to install the Windows 11 ISO can actually run the new operating system.this Windows 11 system requirements It has always been the main focus of debate about Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, especially around its need for TPM 2.0 support for your system, ostensibly because it wants to improve security.
After installing Windows 11 on your computer, you will enjoy Microsoft’s new user experience, as well as all the introduction screens, questions, and options you need. In addition to a brighter overall appearance, Microsoft also introduced the ability to name your computer when you set up Windows 11. Isn’t it cute?
How to install Windows 11 ISO?
After checking whether the target system meets the necessary requirements, you only need to download Windows 11 ISO fileAlternatively, you can choose to create Windows 11 installation media, but it failed for us. However, this is how you get Windows 11 for different devices, such as the ARM64 machine you own.
From here you have several options. First, you can drag and drop the ISO file onto any existing Windows machine, and perform an in-place update or clean installation based on the current installation.
- Navigate to the location of the ISO file in File Explorer, and double-click to open it. This will effectively “mount” it so that you can get the files in it.
- Double-click the Setup.exe file, and the entire installation process will begin.
- If you want to keep anything in this installation, you need to select the “Keep Windows settings, personal files, and applications” option. If you want a fresh installation, please select the option to keep nothing.
You can also create a bootable USB stick to install Windows 11 Insider Preview on different devices. Microsoft recommends third-party applications called Rufus, Because it is relatively easy to use and lightweight in terms of system resources.
- Install Rufus and run the application.
- Insert the USB drive where you want to install the Windows 11 ISO. This will require a size of at least 8GB, and the process will delete all files currently there, so you need to delete any content you wish to keep.
- Make sure to select the target USB drive in the “Device” drop-down list.
- The file system should be NTFS.
- Click the “Select” button to navigate to the location of the Windows 11 ISO file and select it, then click “Start”.
- This process will take a while to complete, of course it depends on the speed of your USB memory stick.
- When finished, you can eject the drive and use it to perform a clean installation on any compatible system you like by starting the machine and booting directly from the USB drive. However, you may have to enter the BIOS of the target system first, and then temporarily disable secure boot to access it.
With it, a shiny bootable USB drive, you can use it to update any compatible machine to the latest Microsoft operating system. Just be prepared for the usual first day teething problems.