Windows 11: How to download Windows 11 ISO file and install it from a USB flash drive


Windows 11 is officially released. But unlike Windows 10, the list of supported PCs is short. Windows 11 is currently being rolled out to new laptops and desktops. It will eventually arrive on older PCs as the device meets the minimum requirements. You can check if your laptop or PC supports Windows 11 by using the PC health check application. However, this is not a problem as you can still install Windows 11 manually on your unsupported PC by downloading the Windows 11 ISO file and creating a Windows 11 bootable USB drive.

Also Read: How To Install Windows 11 On Your Laptop or PC [Full-Guide]

How to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Flash Drive with Media Creation Tool

In Windows 11, the Media Creation Tool can be used to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 11. Usually this method is used to install a fresh copy of Windows 11. But it also works if your system does not support it. loads Windows 11. Before installing Windows 11 from USB, be sure to back up all your personal data.

Now connect an 8GB or larger USB drive to your computer and follow the instructions below –

1. Go to Windows 11 download page.

2. Click Download Now in the “Create Windows 11 installation media” section.

3. Open the downloaded exe file and click Accept.

4. Click the Next button.

5. Select the USB key option and click Next.

6. You will now see your USB drive listed.

7. Click on Next.

8. Wait for it to add the Windows 11 configuration to your USB drive.

Once the download is complete, you can launch the Windows 11 installation wizard and continue with the installation process.

How to Download Windows 11 ISO File and Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Flash Drive

If you don’t want to use the Windows Media Creation Tool, you can download the Windows 11 ISO file and mount it on a USB drive. To do this, you will need the latest version of the Rufus tool.

Download the Windows 11 ISO file

1. Head to the Windows 11 download page.

2. Select Windows 11 from the drop-down menu under the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section.

3. Click Download Now.

4. Select the product language.

5. Click Confirm.

6. Now click on the 64 bit download button.

7. When the download is complete, mount the ISO file and copy all of its contents to a USB stick.

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Flash Drive Using Rufus

Source: Windows Central
  1. Open Rufus
  2. Select the USB stick in the Device scrolling menu.
  3. Click Select and locate the Windows 11 ISO file.
  4. Select the standard Windows installation option under the Image option scrolling menu
  5. Select GTP under Partition scheme and UEFI (non CSM) under Target system.
  6. Check the quick format option under Show advanced formatting options.
  7. Now start the burning process by clicking on the Start button.

We recommend that you do not touch any of the other advanced settings options unless you know what you are doing.

How to boot from Windows 11 bootable USB drive

Once you have created a Windows 11 bootable USB drive, you need to make sure that your computer boots from the USB drive. To do this, you will need to change the boot order in the BIOS settings. To do this, follow the steps below –

1. Go to Start and open Settings.

2. Click Update & Security.

3. In the sidebar, click Recovery.

4. Click Restart now in the Advanced startup section.

5. Click Troubleshoot, then click Advanced Options.

6. Click UEFI firmware settings and click Restart.

7. In the firmware settings, find the boot options and change the boot order.

8. Save the changes.

Alternatively, you can access the motherboard firmware settings by repeatedly pressing the F12 key as soon as your PC starts up. It may be a different key to open firmware settings depending on the device manufacturer. Once you’ve changed the boot order, a reboot should open the Windows 11 installation wizard. Once you’re there, just follow the onscreen instructions to install Windows 11.

Also Read: List of Compatible Intel, AMD and Qualcomm Processors and Official Minimum System Requirements

Microsoft has previously said that older systems that do not officially support Windows 10 are not eligible to receive cumulative or security updates. If you install the new version of Windows manually, note that for each new update you will need to download the Windows 11 ISO file and install the update manually. While Microsoft may change its stance on the matter in the future, for now, it’s important that you know.

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