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How To Install Windows 11 From USB

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide on how to install Windows 11 from a USB drive? Look no further! In this section, I will walk you through the process, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free installation experience.

To install Windows 11 from a USB drive, you will need a USB drive with at least 5GB of free space, a Windows technician PC, and a target device. Start by formatting the drive and setting the primary partition as active on your technician PC. Then, copy the Windows setup files to the USB drive using File Explorer. Optionally, you can add an unattend file to automate the installation process. Finally, connect the USB drive to the target device, turn it on, and select the option to boot from the flash drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 11.

If the Windows image is larger than 4GB, you may need to split the files and put them on the flash drive separately. Ensure that your device meets the minimum hardware requirements before attempting to install Windows 11 from a USB drive.

Step-by-Step Guide: Installing Windows 11 From USB

Now that you have your USB drive ready and your target device prepared, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of installing Windows 11. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure a successful installation and enjoy the new features of Windows 11.

Step 1: Formatting the USB Drive

To start, connect your USB drive to the Windows technician PC. Open File Explorer and locate the USB drive. Right-click on it and select the ‘Format’ option. Choose the file system as ‘FAT32’ and give it a name. Click ‘Start’ to begin the formatting process. Note that formatting will erase all existing data on the USB drive, so make sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

Step 2: Copying the Windows Setup Files

Once the USB drive is formatted, open File Explorer again and navigate to the Windows installation files. Copy all the files from the installation media, including the setup executable and any additional files or folders, to the USB drive. This process may take some time depending on the size of the installation files.

Step 3: Booting from the USB Drive

After copying the files, safely remove the USB drive from the Windows technician PC and connect it to the target device. Turn on the device and quickly access the BIOS or UEFI settings by pressing the designated key (usually F2, F12, or Del) during startup. In the BIOS or UEFI settings, navigate to the ‘Boot’ tab and change the boot order to prioritize the USB drive. Save the changes and exit the settings.

Your device will now boot from the USB drive, and the Windows 11 installation process will begin. Follow the on-screen instructions to select the language, region, and other preferences. If prompted, enter the product key or choose the option to activate Windows later. Choose the installation type (custom or upgrade) and select the partition where you want to install Windows 11. Wait for the installation process to complete, and then follow any additional prompts to set up your user account and complete the installation.

Before attempting to install Windows 11 from a USB drive, make sure your target device meets the minimum hardware requirements. These include a compatible processor, sufficient memory, and available storage space. It’s also important to ensure that all your files and data are backed up to avoid any potential loss during the installation process.