Before you begin installing Windows 11 make sure the device you wish to install Windows 11 OS on meets the minimum system requirements. If the device is currently running Windows 10, it is recommended you verify the system requirements using the PC Health Check app. Installing Windows 11 on a device that doesn’t meet requirements is definitely recommended.
How to Windows Update in Settings? (Recommended)
If you are upgrading your device from Windows 10, it is best if you wait until you are notified through Windows Update that the Windows 11 upgrade is ready for the device. If you wish to manually check if Windows 11 is ready for your device, navigate to Start > Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update> Check for updates.
If there are known issues that are affecting your device, you can also check the Windows release health hub.
What are the other ways to install Windows 11? (Not Recommended)
Using the Installation Assistant to upgrade
It is highly recommended you wait until your device has been offered the upgrade to Windows 11 before you use this method of using Installation Assistant. When your device is ready, you will be able to find it on the Windows 11 software download page.
How to Create Windows 11 installation media?
Visit the Windows 11 software download page, then select Create tool now and follow the instructions to install the Windows 11 operating system.
There are two installation paths that can be followed:
You can upgrade to Windows 11 by launching Setup on the media while running Windows 10. You will see the options to:
a. Perform a Full Upgrade, this option will keep personal files, apps, as well as Windows Settings, this is the default experience. It is the one that Installation Assistant uses.
b. Keep Data Only option will keep personal files only, and not apps nor the Windows Settings
c. Clean Install will also install Windows 11; however, it will keep nothing from the Windows 10 installation.
The other option is to Boot from media to launch Setup. This path uses the clean install option, thus it will not retain previous files or settings.
Create an image install
You can utilize DISM or 3rd party tools to directly apply an existing Windows 11 image to the disk.
Note – An image install of Windows 11 will not perform a check for the following requirements: TPM 2.0 (TPM 1.2 is the least requirement) along with the CPU family as well as model.
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