How to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive (Guide)

Microsoft’s most recent operating system, Windows 10, was released last year. When Windows 10 was first released in 2015, Microsoft promised that it would be the final version of Windows and that it would receive upgrades indefinitely. That does not appear to be the situation any longer. A Windows 11 ISO was recently leaked and has been making the rounds on the internet, with many people eager to try it out. If you’d like to try Windows 11, here’s how to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive.

Of course, Microsoft’s decision to contradict their own statement about Windows 10 being the last Windows OS version with endless updates is surprising. Well, since it isn’t official yet, I won’t say anything about it. In any case, Windows 11 brings a slew of new features, both in terms of looks and performance. And, sure, Windows 11 will be the new operating system for many years to come, with Windows 10 due to be retired on October 24, 2025. (listed on Windows official site).

Note: The Preview build 10.0.22000.51 (co_release) of Windows 11 is now live for Insiders on the Dev Channel to download and install.

Of course, the only reason anyone would want to test out a new operating system is for the sheer thrill of it. Given that Windows 11 has new features such as a redesigned taskbar and start menu, rounded corners, and even attractive wallpapers, it’s a no-brainer. The wallpapers for Windows 11 can be found here. The leaked Windows 11 ISO has a build number of 21996.1 and weighs 4.75GB. You can learn how to make a bootable Windows 11 USB drive if you’re interested.

Steps to Create Windows 11 bootable USB drive

Gone are the days when Windows ISO files were only a few megabytes in size. Because the Windows 11 ISO is 4.75GB in size, you’ll need at least an 8GB or 16GB USB device. So, start by hunting for a USB pendrive with sufficient storage space to install Windows 11.

Format USB drive

Connect the USB pendrive to your Windows computer. If you have any data on the aforementioned USB device, copy it to your computer or another location. To format your USB drive, open File Explorer, right-click the USB drive, and select Format from the drop-down menu. To begin the formatting, click the Start button. This should only take a minute.

Download Windows 11 ISO file

The most crucial aspect. Because it hasn’t been launched yet, you won’t find the link on Microsoft’s download website. You can, however, hunt for Windows 11 ISO on Twitter or Google. Remember to double-check the download URLs to make sure you’re not downloading malware or a virus disguised as the Windows 11 ISO. Remember that the file is 4.75GB in size and will only be available in ISO format.

Download Rufus

Rufus is a popular program that makes it simple to create a bootable USB drive, in this example a Windows 11 bootable drive. It won’t take up any space on your system’s storage disk because it’s a portable installer. To create a Windows 11 bootable pendrive, go to this site and download the newest version of Rufus.

Create Windows 11 Bootable Drive

  1. Now that you’ve downloaded Rufus, open it up. You will see the name of your USB drive, its capacity, boot selection, and format options.
  2. Next to boot selection, you will see a button that says Select. Click on it to locate your downloaded Windows 11 ISO file.
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  3. Once you’ve selected the Windows 11 ISO file, you will see all the options being automatically selected. It should look something just like the below screenshot.
    how to create windows 11 bootable usb drive
  4. If everything is perfect and alright, you should see the status as ready.
  5. Click on the Start button to begin the formatting and the writing of the Windows 11 ISO file onto your USB drive. This should take a few minutes depending on your USB drive and the port to which it is being connected.
  6. And that’s it! You have created Windows 11 bootable USB drive.

Now that you have a bootable Windows 11 USB stick, you can use it to install the operating system on an older computer or your current one. Please keep in mind that this is a leaked build with problems, so don’t use it as your system’s everyday driver. This approach can be used to make a bootable USB drive for any operating system, including Windows and Linux.

If your machine doesn’t support TPM 2.0, you may always copy a few files from the Windows 10 ISO into the Windows 11 setup folder to replace them. This will allow you to avoid the TPM 2.0 requirement.

Update: Winodws 11 official ISO is now available to download as of August 20, 2021.

Microsoft has now made the Windows 11 ISO file accessible for download to the general public. Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22000.132 is included in the iSO file. You can download either the Dev or the Beta channel versions. The Windows 11 ISO files are 5.1 GB in size.

We’ll keep you updated on Windows 11 updates. So, if you’re passionate about Windows 11, remain tuned to REALIMAGESS.

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