Are you worried about running into serious OS issues on your computer? Want to create a Windows 11 bootable USB for a backup but don’t know how to do that? Fret not, we have covered it for you in this article.
In fact, creating a bootable USB drive is always a good idea to have an option to start afresh in case you encounter any major problems with your operating system. Also, bootable USBs are very compact and can be used on any computer that has a USB port.
The first instinct when people think about creating a bootable USB is to seek help from a techy friend who can somehow find a solution for it. But, if you have a good tool and a guide to walk you step-by-step you don’t ever need to wait for the friend to help you. You can get it done with ease.
So, this guide article aim at that. To make you aware and able to create a Windows 11 bootable USB. Down the road, we’ll be guiding you through the instructions with the aid of our screenshots that can definitely help you kick it the right way.
OK..enough talk..let’s get into the meat of the article.
- Windows 11 ISO File
- A Windows PC/Laptop
- 8 gigabyte USB drive (minimum recommended)
Steps to Create a Windows 11 Bootable USB
When we search on the internet for a disk creation program or tool, we will be presented with a multitude of utilities that can make bootable media from your computer. As the choices abound, you may get confused. So, as per our experience, we’d recommend you to use Rufus which is one of the best and fastest in class. But if you would like to go with the official tool, then you can get the Windows 11 media creation tool. Here, we’ll be proceeding with Rufus.
- At first, head over to this link and download the latest version of Rufus.
- Now, double-click on the file to get it running. Note that the Rufus is an executable file so that you don’t need to install it. You can just double-click and use it right away.
- Next, plug your USB flash drive into the port. If you have only one external drive connected to your system, then Rufus will automatically choose it and show up at the program interface. Otherwise, you can manually select the drive by clicking the drop-down menu under the Device section.
- Click on the drop-down menu under the Boot Selection section to select the boot selection method for your USB drive. Now click on the SELECT button to navigate through the file explorer and locate the Windows 11 ISO file that you have downloaded earlier.
- Now, you will be presented with 2 options. You can either go with the Standard Windows installation which will let you install Windows 11 on other disks, or you can choose the Windows To Go option to run Windows directly from the device.
- From the Image option section, click on the drop-down menu to select your preferred image option. Here we’re selecting the Standard Windows installation option.
- In order to configure it more, you need to know the mode of BIOS present in the target PC/Laptop in which you want to install Windows 11. To know the BIOS mode, get access into that system, type Windows Key + R and type “msinfo32” (without quotes), and click OK.
- Once the System Information window is opened, locate and check the BIOS mode of that computer. It will be either UEFI or Legacy.
- Once confirmed, come back to the other PC. And in Rufus, click on the Partition scheme drop-down and select MBR in case of Legacy BIOS or GPT if it is UEFI.
- Apart from these, Rufus also provides a further advanced configuration option. You can go with it by clicking the Show advanced drive properties drop-down right below the Partition scheme field. However, if you don’t know about the settings mentioned, leave it as default.
- Under the Format Options, Rufus will auto-populate the name of the volume in the Volume label field. You can either leave it as it is or give a name that you like.
- Now, choose the file system for your drive. Just click the drop-down menu under the File system option. If you had selected the MBR as the BIOS mode, the only option you will have is NTFS. Otherwise, you can select the FAT32 file system for your drive.
- Once done with that, click on the Show advanced format options.
- Check the Quick format, Create extended label and icon files, and Check device for bad blocks options. This is an optimum configuration and we recommend sticking to it.
- From the drop-down just right to it, you can choose the test patterns in order to check whether there are bad blocks on your drive. The default value here will be 1 and if you are unaware of it, just leave it as it is.
- Finally, click the START button at the bottom to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive.
- Since you selected the Quick format option, you will be prompted to confirm the drive formatting prior to the commencement of the bootable media creation process. So click OK.
- Now, it’s time to relax. Rufus will take care rest of the process and will notify you once it creates a bootable Windows 11 USB for you.
And friends, now that you clearly know how to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive without depending on anyone. Now, go and plugin on your target machine and enjoy!
We included every required screenshot because you shouldn’t face any issues throughout the process. In case if you still need clarification, or have doubts remaining feel free to ask us via comments. One of our support staff will get back to your soon.
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