How to Create a Windows 11 Bootable USB Installer


The next generation of Windows is called Windows 11 (Code name: Sun Vallery). This new Windows OS will be officially available on June 24, 2021. A lot of folks, especially tech fans, are highly interested to test it out. To do so, you need to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive first.

Windows 11

 

This tutorial shows how to make a Windows 11 bootable USB with full details, from ISO download to OS installation. As it is a completely new topic and a lot of things are uncertain so we will update this post constantly for providing accurate information for all readers who want to try out Windows 11 on their PC or laptop.

1. Minimal Hardware Requirements for Running Windows 11

Windows 11 might be a great operating system but not all computers are eligible to support Windows 11. The computer has to meet the minimal hardware requirement in order to run Windows 11 OS, including:

  • CPU: 1 GHz or above (2+ Cores 64-Bit)
  • RAM: 4 GB or above
  • Storage: 64GB or more disk space
  • Graphics card: DirectX 12 or later
  • Firmware: UEFI and Secure Boot compatible
  • TPM (Trusted Platform Module): 2.0 or higher
  • Connection: Microsoft Account

[Update] Microsoft released an app called PC Health Check that automatically checks if the current PC meets the minimum hardware requirements of Windows 11. If yes, this app shows This PC can run Windows 11. And this means you can install and run Windows 11 on this PC. However, if you received a message like "Your organization manages updates on this PC", then you have to wait for upgrade. Currently, not all Windows 10 PCs are eligible for an upgrade. It rolls out slowly.

PC Health Check App

If the hardware is not sufficient or supported by Windows 11, you will receive an error message during installation, saying The PC can't run Windows 11.

2. Download Windows 11 ISO Image

Windows 11 ISO is still not public available until June 24 this year. However, some folks managed to get the leaked Windows 11 ISO image and host its on cloud drive for public access. We will update the download link accordingly when official download is released. The following are leaked beta version of Windows 11 ISO file.

Windows 11 ISO Download Link 1: https://software-download.microsoft.com/Win11_English_x64.iso

Windows 11 ISO Download Link 2: https://androidfilehost.com/?fid=7161016148664818811

Windows 11 ISO Download Link 3: https://www.techspot.com/downloads/7438-windows-11-iso.html

3. How to Create a Windows 11 Bootable USB

Once you have Windows 11 ISO at hand, the next move is to create a Windows bootable USB from it. This is not an easy task though there are a bunch of tools that can do this. Our first recommendation is UUByte ISO Editor, one of the most popular bootable USB creators on Windows and macOS.

 

Step 1: The download link of UUByte ISO Editor is provided in above. Please click on it and install this software on a PC or Mac. The welcome screen will like this:

UUByte ISO Editor

 

Step 2: You will see five tabs on the first window. Now, insert a blank USB drive and eject other USB storage devices. After that, click Burn button for making bootable USB from ISO file. Once you get into the new window, please add Windows 11 ISO into the program and select the USB drive you just plugged in.

UUByte ISO Burner

 

Step 3: Click Burn button to start burning Windows 11 ISO to USB. The file copying process will last for a couple of minutes, depending on how fast the USB drive is. Please wait 3-10 minutes.

Start ISO Burning

 

When the ISO burning task is completed, a bootable Windows 11 USB installer is ready. Now, you can use this bootable drive to install Windows 11 on another PC or laptop.

Honestly, UUByte ISO Editor is not the only program that can make bootable USB from Windows ISO. Other popular bootable USB creator including:

Windows Media Creation Tool: This is the official tool provided by Microsoft. It can help you download Windows ISO as well as create bootable USB from Windows ISO. It is lightweight and completely free. However, this program does not work well on old computer and it takes more time to finish the job.

UNetbootin: It is a cross-platform free utility for downloading and burning Linux ISO. Recently, it adds support for Windows ISO. However, the success rate is much lower than UUByte ISO Editor. Currently, you can use this app on Windows, Linux and macOS.

Etcher: This is a brand new program for flashing OS image to SD card or USB drive. It not only supports ISO file, but also support creating bootable USB from .zip, .img and .bin file. The flashing speed is quite faster and the whole process is straightforward. However, Dot Net framework is needed for using this app on Windows.

4. Boot Computer from Windows 11 Bootable USB

Insert Windows 11 bootable USB into the computer which you want to install Windows 11 on.

Now, power on the computer and click special key (Enter key for example) to open Boot Menu. This will show up the options to let the computer booting from an external device temporarily. You can also do this in BIOS. And the special key varies from brand to brand. You can find the special key for your computer in Google if you don't know.

Boot Menu

 

Pick up the USB drive in Boot Menu or BIOS. Wait for 1-2 minutes, the Windows 11 installation wizard will show up.

Notice: If your computer failed to boot from Windows 11 bootable USB, make sure the computer meets the minimal hardware requirements. If it was fine, then disable secure boot in BIOS to allow the computer booting from other storage devices.

5. Install Windows 11 on your Laptop or PC

When the PC or laptop boots from USB successfully, Windows setup program will show up on the screen. At the very first step, please choose an installation language, time format and input keyboard.

Click Install Now to proceed and pick up a partition where Windows 11 will be installed. Make sure you have backed up the data on C drive as the installation process will erase the drive.

Start Installing Windows 10

 

After that, your computer restarts automatically and the Windows 11 installation will begin. Now, follow the on-screen prompt to install Windows on your PC or laptop.

Windows 11

 

It is not recommended to upgrade your computer to Windows 11 immediatly for work production as it is not stable and have potential bugs. It is more suitable to install it on a test machine or just build a Windows 11 virtual machine instead. Go stay with Windows 10 until Windows 11 becomes stable in future.