This guide contains step-by-step instructions on how to clean install Windows 11 from USB.
Windows 11 was released on October 5, 2021 and many users are looking for the right way to install the new operating system on their systems. (I hope this article helps them…)
Before you install Windows 11 on your PC for the first time, make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11*, and most importantly, supports it. Safe download & TPM version 2.0. **
- Safe download. To find out if your computer supports Secure Boot and enable it, go into the BIOS settings and configure it Safe download for Turn on. (On some computer models, “Secure Boot” is located under the “Security Settings” menu).
- TPM: To find out if your computer supports TPM and enable it, go into the BIOS settings and check for an option called: Intel Platform Trusted Module, Intel TPM, Intel Platform Trust Technology, Intel PTT, Security device, Support for security devices, TPM status, AMD fTPM key, AMD PSP fTPM. ***
* If your device is already running Windows 10, download and run the PC Health Check app to check if your system is capable of running Windows 11.
** If your computer supports TPM 1.2 instead of TPM 2.0, read the instructions according to this article: How to install Windows 11 from USB on TPM v1.2 devices.
*** If your computer does not support TPM (TPM v1.2 or TPM v2.0), read the instructions about it. article: How to upgrade to Windows 11 without any TPM.
How to do a clean install of Windows 11 from USB.
Important: Before proceeding with the installation process:
1. Back up your files: If you already use your computer, back up your personal files to another storage device. (for example, an external USB drive).
2. Product Key: If you are installing Windows 11 for the first time, you must have a valid product key to activate Windows during or after installation. If you have previously installed and activated Windows 11 or Windows 10 on the same computer, you do not need a key. Windows 11 is automatically activated after installation (after connecting to the Internet).
3. Unplug all peripherals you don’t need (eg USB drives, SD cards, USB wireless mouse or keyboard receiver, USB wireless network card, printer, etc.). Optional: if you have more than one physical disk in your system, separate them and keep only the hard disk where Windows will be installed to avoid accidental deletion.
STEP 1. CREATE WINDOWS 11 INSTALLATION MEDIA (USB).
To do a fresh install of Windows 11 on your computer, you’ll need a Windows 11 USB installer.
If you don’t have a Windows 11 installer, you can create one by following the instructions in method 2 of this article: How to download a Windows 11 ISO or USB.
STEP 2. CHANGE BOOT ORDER IN BIOS SETTINGS.
1. Connect the Windows 11 USB installation media to an empty USB port.
2. Enabled enter the BIOS settings by pressing one of the following buttons on your computer: DEL or F1 or F2 or F10. *
*Note: How to access BIOS settings depends on the computer manufacturer. If you cannot access the BIOS settings after pressing one of the above buttons, refer to the manual of your laptop/desktop computer.
3. Go to BIOS Download procedure settings and set USB as the first boot device. *
*Note: “Boot order” settings are usually found under “Advanced settings” menu.
4. Save and exit From the BIOS settings.
STEP 3. INSTALL WINDOWS 11.
1. Click when prompted Enter To boot from a CD or DVD…
2. Finally, click Install now To start installing Windows 11.
3. Enter your Windows 11 product key or click I don’t have a product key (to enter later, after installation). *
*Note: if you have previously installed and activated Windows 10 on the same computer, you do not need to re-enter the product key. Windows 11 should be activated automatically after installation and Internet connection (Microsoft Servers).
4. In the next step, select the version of Windows 11 you want to install and click on it The next one.
5. Accept license terms and click The next one.
6. Choose Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
8. On the next screen, do one of the following:
- Act 1. If you have previously installed Windows on the disk on which you want to install Windows 11, then select all the partitions in the list one by one and press the button. Delete to remove all departments. *
* Attention: By deleting all partitions, you delete all files on the disk. Make sure you have backed up all your files to another storage device before proceeding.
- Act 2. If the disk is empty, select Unallocated space and press The next one.
9. Wait until Windows 11 installation is complete.
10. During the installation process, Windows will restart several times to complete the steps necessary to complete the installation. Wait until this happens without turning off the computer.
11. Select your country in the Country/Region options and click on it Yes.
12. Enter the name of the computer and click The next one.
13. If you want to sign in to Windows 11 with your Microsoft account*, enter your Microsoft account email and click The next one continue. (On the next screen, enter your MS account password and click OK).
* ADVICE: If you don’t want to sign in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account and want to sign in with a local account instead, don’t connect your computer to the network at this time. (Select “I don’t have Internet” when prompted to connect to a wireless network, or don’t connect an Ethernet cable.)
14. On the next screen, change the privacy settings according to your preference and click Accept it.
15. Wait a few minutes for Windows 11 installation to finish.
16. Enjoy the new OS…(?)
That’s it! Let me know if this guide helped you by leaving a comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.