How to make Windows 11 bootable USB drive

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • How to make a W11 bootable drive? It’s easier than you think, as long as you closely follow the instructions from this guide.
  • Creating a bootable drive of Windows 11 is possible, and you can do that with a specialized third-party tool.
  • Before creating a bootable drive, you need to make sure that your PC can handle Windows 11.
  • If you’re looking for Windows 11 bootable ISO, be sure to download it exclusively from Microsoft.
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Windows 11 was officially announced on Windows 11 Live event, and the new version brings an array of new features.

The Windows 11 update will be available for all Windows 10 users, but what if you want to create a bootable drive and install Windows 11 on a different PC?

That is also possible, and in today’s guide, we’re going to show you how to properly make a Windows 11 bootable USB drive.

How can I make a Windows 11 bootable drive?

1. Check the requirements

To create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive, you’ll need a flash drive that is at least 8GB in size, however, a larger flash might be a better choice in case anything goes wrong.

You’ll also need a Windows 11 ISO file. The best way to get this is from Microsoft’s website since that is the only safe and credible source for ISO files.

Downloading Windows 11 ISO file from third-party sources can pose a security risk, so we strongly advise you against that, for your safety.

Unfortunately, we don’t have an official Windows 11 ISO available for download but Microsoft promised a public preview in July.

Lastly, you need to check official Windows 11 requirements and make sure that your PC can handle W11. Now that you have everything ready, you just need the proper software to create a bootable drive.

2. Use dedicated software

  1. Download Rufus.
  2. Make sure that the correct device is select. This is especially important if you have multiple USB storage devices connected to the PC.
  3. Make sure that Boot selection is set to Disk or ISO image. Now click the Select button.
  4. Select the Windows 11 bootable ISO file.
  5. Set Image option to Standard Windows installation. Now select your Partition scheme. Use GPT if you’re using UEFI or MBR if you’re using BIOS.
  6. After doing that, click on Start.
  7. A warning window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to format your flash drive. Select OK.
  8. Wait for the process to finish.

Once the process is finished, your Windows 11 bootable USB drive will be ready to use. Creating a Windows 11 bootable drive is simple, and currently this is the only way to achieve your goal.

However, we’re certain that Media Creation Tool will support Windows 11 as soon as it’s released to the public or in near future.

We hope that you found this guide useful and that you managed to create your bootable drive. What are your thoughts on W11?

Are you excited about it or still thinking of Windows 11 vs Windows 10 features? Let us know in the comments below.

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