How big is Windows 11

How big is Windows 11? Does that question matter? Well, let check that. Windows 11 is the latest and most advanced operating system from Microsoft to date. As of now, Microsoft has announced the official public build of Windows 11 OS and is available for download and update. Now, when it comes to the installation or upgrade to Windows 11 the most common questions and confusions among users will be regarding the minimum system requirements and the size of the OS.

Usually, people will ask how many GB does windows 11 use, how much space does Windows 11 take, and what are the minimum requirements to install Windows 11 operating system, etc. So, users are really bothered about how large is windows 11 size. The reason for this concern is nothing but the curiosity to know whether the new OS will work on their device seamlessly or will it cause any issue due to a shortage of space. People having an older desktop or laptop are more bothered about it. They need to know how many GB is Windows 11 to check whether they have enough disk space to install the OS.

Another context is that when people having high-end PC but lacks SSD space. In computers having only SSD as the storage, the question – how big is Windows 11 really matters. This is usually because of the fact that a mid-range PC that comes with only SSD has less storage capacity. The question will become more relevant if they need to set up a dual boot on their PCs with Windows 11 and Windows 10 (or any other OS).

In this article, we’ll talk about the Windows 11 file size for ISO download, update, bootable USB (using a media creation tool), install size on disk, etc.

How Big is Windows 11

Refer to the following table to know the Windows 11 install size of various editions.

Windows 11 Editions Size (decompressed)
Windows 11 Home 25.00GB (Approx.)
Windows 11 Home N 25.00GB (Approx.)
Windows 11 Home Single Language 25GB (Approx.)
Windows 11 Pro 26.94GB
Windows 11 Pro N 26GB (Approx.)
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations 30GB (Approx.)
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations N 30GB (Approx.)
Windows 11 Education NA
Windows 11 Education N NA
Windows 11 Enterprise NA
Windows 11 Mobile NA
Windows 11 Mobile Enterprise NA
Windows 11 IoT Core NA

How Big is Windows 11 Download

When considering the currently available ISO file disc image of insider preview build 10.0.22000.51 (co_release), Windows 11 is as big as 4.53GB.

How Big is Windows 11 Download
Screenshot showing Windows 11 size (insider preview build)

How Big of a Flash Drive do I Need for Windows 11?

As far as the insider preview build is concerned, it will take 4.56GB of space on the drive and you need at least an 8GB pen drive/USB drive to install Windows 11. For creating a bootable USB also you will need an 8GB (minimum) flash drive.

How Big of a Flash Drive do I Need for Windows 11
USB drive properties showing how extensive is Windows 11

How Big of a Partition for Windows 11?

On a normal hard drive (HDD) partition, you will need to allocate at least 64GB of space for the smooth working of the OS (even though it will take only 25-30GB on disk). But we’ll recommend you to create a partition of 100GB in case storage space is not at all a big problem for you.

how big is Windows 11
Partition properties showing how massive is Windows 11 OS

How Big of an SSD do I Need for Windows 11?

Windows 11 will take about 25-30GB space on a Solid State Drive, and it will easily fit on a 128GB SSD which is the smallest common SSD size available.

Final Words

Hopefully, by now you got an idea about how large is Windows 11 operating system. At the time of writing this post, only the insider preview build is released as official. So, only limited information is available regarding how many gigabytes is Windows 11 OS. We’ll keep updating this page when reliable figures and facts are available.

Note that these figures of sizes and storage spaces are typical and it represents a fresh installation of the Windows 11 operating system. It may vary depending on the software/ applications that you install, the OS versions, updates that you receive in the future, etc. Also, the size will increase over time as the OS itself will add new system files and it will appear along with the existing files as you use.

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Vishnu is the founder and fountainhead of Makmodo and hails from God's Own Country - Kerala. He has been an ardent tech geek obsessed with technology since he got his first gadget a decade ago. He loves using his technical expertise to write informative and useful content to help people. Besides the techy stuff, he enjoys listening to music, reading books, and playing cricket. Occasionally, you can see him taking candid photographs or nurturing hanging orchids in his front yard.


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