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How to Create a Bootable Windows 11 USB Drive

Last Updated on August 20, 2021

Looking on how to create a bootable Windows 11 USB drive? Just keep reading and you will be ready with Windows 11. This version of Windows comes with so many feature that can help with your productivity and getting things done quickly.

Windows 11 is made its public debut couple of months back, And we know! From a complete new Start menu to new multi-tasking windows, Windows 11 is packed with innovative features. To upgrade to Windows 11, the minimum requirements are 64 GB storage, 4 GB RAM, 1 GHz processor, and a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card.

Windows 11 will be available to download later this year. However, if you want prepare ahead and learn to create a bootable Windows 11 USB drive, you can do that as well. Let’s quickly get in how to make a Windows 11 bootable drive in just a few steps. Before you begin the process, make sure you have a USB drive of 8 GB (or more) ready.

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Check System Requirements

We are ready to start the process of creating bootable drive and we need an ISO to begin with. We will recommend you trust Microsoft’s official website, as you should only rely on trusted sources for safety concerns. Well, there’s also an option to download the Windows 11 ISO file from any third-party website but yes, that’s totally up to you and you will be responsible for risk associated with the third party downloads.

Now you have to ensure that your device meets minimum system requirements to handle the upgrade. Visit Microsoft’s official webpage listing Windows 11 specifications to see if your PC fulfills the basic requirements that are needed to install the update.

Once you’ve made sure that everything is in place, you can proceed to the next step!

Download a Third-party Tool to create a Bootable Windows 11 USB Drive

The next step to create a Windows 11 bootable drive is to download a dedicated third-party tool to get the job done in minimum steps. We recommend Rufus as we have used it multiple times and it very easy to interact with.

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You can download it from here.

Rufus is a light-weighted, fast and legit tool that allows you to create a bootable USB drive easily. Once you’re done installing the Rufus utility tool on your PC, let’s move to the next section.

How to Create a Bootable Windows 11 USB Drive

Follow these quick steps to begin the process of creating a Windows 11 bootable USB drive.

Launch Rufus and then plug in the USB stick to your PC or laptop. Also, just quickly ensure that no additional storage devices are connected to your system at this moment.

In the Rufus utility tool window, select the respective storage device. (USB flash drive)

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Set the Boot Selection value as “Disk or ISO image”. Tap on the “Select” button placed right next to this option.

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Now, in the next window, set the “Image Option” value to “Standard Windows Installation”.

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Select “GPT” as “Partition Scheme”.

Scroll down and then hit the “Start” button to create a bootable Windows 11 USB Drive.

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Windows will pop up a confirmation message displaying that all the currently stored data on the connected USB stick will be erased. Tao on OK to confirm and proceed.

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Follow the on-screen instructions and wait for a few minutes until the process is completed.

Once the process is finished, your bootable Windows 11 USB drive will be ready to use. You can now remove the USB flash drive from your machine and keep it somewhere safe. Your bootable USB drive is now ready. You can use your bootable USB drive on your PC or on a different PC to install Windows 11.

It’s always a good idea to have a backup of the installation file. You can use the above-mentioned steps to create a bootable Windows 11 USB drive and install it when available for public later this year.

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