A Windows 11 bootable USB or CD/DVD is an important drive that can be used to install the new operating system on your computer. This post focuses on how to create Windows 11 installation media on Windows PC, Mac, or Linux for the system installation. Let’s see the details given by MiniTool here.
Nowadays many users have installed the brand new operating system to enjoy its brand new user interface design, improvements, new features, and more. If you are also curious about this system, you may choose to install it to have a good user experience.
Before you do, go to make a compatibility test to check if your PC can run on Windows 11. If the PC cannot meet the system requirements, you had better not install Windows 11 although you can take some measures to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs (related article: How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements - 2 Latest Ways).
If your PC meets the conditions, creating a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD and booting the machine from the drive for the installation is a choice. Well then, how to create Windows 11 installation media? Follow the details below now.
How to Create Windows 11 Installation Media on Windows PC?
To do this work on your Windows computer, there are three ways for you – use Windows 11 Media Creation Tool, run Rufus, or use Command Prompt. Let’s see them one by one.
Windows 11 Installation Media Creation via Media Creation Tool
Microsoft offers a tool called Windows 11 Media Creation Tool to help you create a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD. See what you should do:
Step 1: Visit the Download Windows 11 page from Microsoft.
Step 2: Move to the Create Windows 11 Installation Media section and click the Download Now button.
Step 3: Run this tool by double-clicking on the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file.
Step 4: After accepting the license terms, choose a language and edition.
Step 5: Choose which media to use:
- USB flash drive: this can help you directly create a Windows 11 bootable USB after subsequently selecting a USB drive.
- ISO file: this can download an ISO file of Windows 11 and then you need to burn the ISO to a DVD or USB drive using a professional tool (directly go to method 2 to know much).
Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions to finish all the operations.
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Create Windows 11 Installation Media Rufus
Microsoft gives you an option to directly download Windows 11 ISO from its website to create bootable installation media (USB flash drive, DVD) or create a virtual machine (.ISO file). See how to create Windows 11 installation media from ISO.
Step 1: On the Download Windows 11 page, navigate to the Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) section.
Step 2: Choose Windows 11 ISO, select a language like English (United States), and click the 64-bit Download button to get the ISO image file. The ISO file size is about 5.18GB.
Step 3: Go to download Rufus, connect your USB drive, choose the ISO file you have downloaded, and then click START to create a Windows 11 bootable USB. To know more information, go to read our previous post - How to Make Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive [Step-by-Step Guide].
Make Windows 11 Installation Media via Command Prompt
Some of you are advanced users and there is another way for you – use Command Prompt. The operations are a bit complicated and carefully follow the steps below.
Step 1: Download an ISO file of Windows 11, as shown above, and connect your USB drive to your PC.
Step 2: Type cmd to the search box and run Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 3: In the CMD window, type the following commands and press Enter after each one:
select disk N N means the driver letter of your USB drive
create partition primary
format FS=NTFS label=”bootable USB” quick
assign letter=X X means the drive letter of the USB drive
Step 4: Type the command - PowerShell Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "path\filename.iso". Replace the path of the ISO image you have downloaded, for example, PowerShell Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath “E:\Win11_English_x64v1.iso” and press Enter.
Step 5: After that, run these commands below and press Enter after each one to determine the drive letter (in our situation, it is G) for the mounted Windows 11 ISO:
Step 5: Run the exit command to exit Diskpart.
Step 6: Execute these commands and press Enter after each one:
bootsect /nt60 H: H is the driver letter of the USB drive
xcopy <mounted ISO volume letter>:\*.* <USB drive letter>:\ /E /F /H Replace the drive letters with your own and here we type xcopy G:\*.* H:\ /E /F /H.
Then, Windows is copying all the Windows 11 installation files to the USB flash drive. This can take several minutes and wait patiently.
Back up Your Important Files Before Windows 11 Clean Install
Using Windows 11 installation media to install the system can lead to data loss since you will run a clean install of this system. Thus, before you do, you had better create a backup of the critical files on your PC, especially the documents, files, or other data you have stored in the C drive.
How to keep the data safe via the backup? Here we recommend you to use a professional file backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker. This program gives two modes to back up your data – imaging backup and file sync.
The former can help to compress your data to an image file and you need to restore them to use while the latter syncs files & folders to another location and you can directly locate the path to use them without restoration. To know more information, refer to our previous post - Backup vs Sync: What Are the Differences Between Them.
To back up your files, download its Trial Edition by clicking the following button to free use in 30 days. Then, double-click on the exe file to install it on your Windows 11/10/8/7 PC.
Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial Edition.
Step 2: Click Keep Trial to continue using this edition.
Step 3: Go to Backup or Sync and choose the backup source & destination.
Step 4: Click Back up Now or Sync Now to execute the backup task at once.
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How to Install Windows 11 Using Windows 11 Installation Media?
After creating Windows 11 installation media (bootable USB drive or DVD) and making a backup of your data, now it’s time to use the medium to clean install the new operating system. How to do this work? Follow the guide below.
Step 1: Connect the Windows 11 bootable USB drive or DVD to your computer.
Step 2: Press a specific key like F2, Del, F10, etc. to enter BIOS during the PC boot process. The key differs from different PCs. Next, change the boot order to let the PC run from the installation medium.
Step 3: Customize the language, time and currency format, and Keyboard or input method.
Step 4: Click the Install now button to go on.
Step 5: Then, follow the instructions on the screen to finish the installation of Windows 11.
If you want to install Windows 11 from USB, how can you do this task? It is an easy thing if you follow the complete step-by-step guide in this post.
Now we have shown you much information about how to create Windows 11 installation media on a PC and run a clean install. Sometimes you need to create Windows 11 installation media on Mac, for example, your working Windows 11 PC fails to boot into the desktop and you have a Mac. Here, we will show you some ways for the work.
Create Windows 11 Installation Media on Mac
Use Boot Camp to Make Windows 11 Installation Media
Boot Camp is a useful app that can be used to install Windows 11 on your Mac. Also, you can use it to create a bootable USB from Windows ISO. It is not available on Apple silicon Macs. If you are using an Intel-based Mac with Catalina or a previous version, it is useful here. Note that Boot Camp isn’t available on new macOS.
Step 1: Download an ISO file of Windows 11 by visiting the Windows 11 page, as shown above.
Step 2: Launch the Boot Camp Assistant app by going to Applications > Utilities in Finder.
Step 3: Check the box of Create a Windows 10 or later install disk. Here you only need to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive, so untick the option for Install Windows 10 or later version.
Step 4: Choose the Windows 11 ISO file you have downloaded, select your USB flash drive and click Continue.
Step 5: Boot Camp Assistant will format your USB and start burning the ISO file to your USB drive.
Use a Third-Party App to Create a Windows 11 Bootable USB on Mac
Some tools like UUByte ISO Editor, WonderISO, etc. are useful for you to burn the ISO file to a USB drive or CD/DVD. Just connect the drive to your Mac, launch the tool, and do the work.
After making the Windows 11 installation media on Mac, you can use the DVD/CD or USB drive to install Windows 11 on your Windows PC by following the steps mentioned above.
How to dual boot Windows 11 and macOS? If you want to run the new Windows operating system on your Mac, follow this guide to dual boot.
Create Windows 11 Installation Media on Linux
Sometimes you are running a Linux and want to create a bootable drive on it for installing Windows 11 on your non-working Windows PC.
To do this work:
Step 1: Download a Windows 11 ISO image file.
Step 2: On Linux, launch the Ubuntu app, type in the sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomtomtom/woeusb command, and press Enter.
Step 3: After typing the password, run this command - sudo apt install woeusb woeusb-frontend-wxgtk to finish installing the WoeUSB app.
Step 4: Connect the USB drive to your Linux and launch the WoeUSB program.
Step 5: In the From a disk image (iso) section, choose the Windows 11 ISO file you have got. Then, select FAT and a target device (USB drive), and next click Install.
Step 6: Search for Disks in the search box to open the app to unmount the USB device. Or else, an error will appear.
Step 7: Go back to the WoeUSB app, click Refresh, select the USB drive, and press Install. Then, the tool is cleaning the drive and burning the Windows 11 ISO to it.
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That’s all the information about Windows 11 installation media creation. You can get a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD on a Windows PC, Mac, or Linux. Just follow the guide to easily do this task for installing Windows 11.