How To Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Flash Drive [Guide]

Here’s a step-by-step process to create a bootable USB drive to clean install Windows 11 on your PC and laptop. If you plan on installing Windows 11 on a compatible device that meets system requirements, you’ll need bootable USB media as explained in the following guide.

Although the clean installation of Windows 11 is possible directly from the Media Creation Tool or via an ISO file, using a USB Flash Drive to boot the device remains the most effective method to install the firmware. Besides, it is arguably the only viable approach if you are looking to install Windows 11 on a device with an empty hard drive or on a new computer.

If you want to create a USB bootable flash drive to install Windows 11, you can use the Media Creation Tool for that purpose.

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Create A Bootable USB With Media Creation Tool To Install Windows 11:

The Media Creation tool for Windows 11 October 2021 release is now available to download ISO files required to create a bootable USB install media. Since the new OS is based on the same architecture as Windows 10, the steps are not different from the ones used to set up the current version of the tool.

Use these steps to use the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable Windows 11 USB drive:

Step 1: Download the latest Windows 11 Media Creation Tool (MCT) to get started.

Step 2: Head over to the Microsoft download page.

Step 3: Under the “Create Windows 11 installation media” section, hit the Download Now button.

Step 4: To launch the tool, double-click the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file.

Step 5: Now click the Accept button and then hit Next.

Note: If you’re creating a Windows 11 USB for another device, uncheck the “Use the recommended options for this PC” option to select the correct language, architecture, and edition.

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Step 6: Once done, select the USB flash drive option.

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Step 7: Click the Next button.

Step 8: Choose the USB flash drive from the list. Make sure it does not contain any important files as you’re about to erase everything on it.

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Step 9: With that out of the way, click the Next button and finally hit Finish.

Step 10: That’s it.

When ready, you can start a device using UEFI with the USB flash drive to install Windows 11 OS on PC and laptop.

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