How to install Windows 11 from USB on new PC? You can learn three ways to make it with detailed instructions.
|1. Migrate OS to install Windows 11 on new PC - the simplest way
|Use EaseUS partition management software to migrate OS to HDD/SSD with clicks to install Windows 11 on new PC without any boot issue...Full steps
|2. Install Windows 11 on new PC with bootable USB
|Use a simple tool to create a Windows 11 installation USB, and then, install Windows 11 on a new PC from the bootable USB...Full steps
|3. Install Windows 11 from USB via Windows Media Creation tool
|Windows Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 11 installation USB and install OS on new PC...Full steps
The simplest and quickest way to install Windows 11 on a new PC is to migrate OS to HDD/SSD instead of installing Windows from USB. But how to migrate Windows 11 to a new PC? EaseUS Partition Master comes to help you. This ultimate partition manager offers full-around solutions to organize your hard drive and improve the computer's capableness.
- Resize/move, merge, clone partition, and check file system error.
- Clone disk, convert to GPT/MBR, convert to dynamic/basic, and even wipe data.
- Migrate OS to HDD/SSD, increase partition space, and more
- A computer running on Windows 11
- Remove the system disk from your new PC and connect it to the Windows 11 computer
- Download EaseUS Partition Master
Step-by-Step Guide to Migrate Windows 11 to HDD/SSD
Steps to migrate OS to HDD/SSD:
- Run EaseUS Partition Master, and select "Clone" from the left menu.
- Check "Migrate OS" and click "Next".
- Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click "Next".
- Check Warning: the data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.
- Then click "Yes".
- Preview the layout of your target disk. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.
- After this, click "Reboot Now" or "Done" to determine if you want to reboot the computer from the new disk immediately.
"Reboot Now" means to keep the changes instantly, while "Done" means you need to restart the computer later manually.
Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.
After system cloning, connect the disk back to the new PC. Then, start it with Windows 11. If your computer can not start, you can enter the BIOS and set the cloned new disk as the boot device.
- Restart the PC. When the startup screen appears, constantly press F2/F12/DEL to enter BIOS.
- Next, use the arrow key to choose the Boot tap and select the cloned hard disk as the first boot option.
- Save the settings and restart your computer.
If you're looking for a tutorial on how to install Windows 11 on new PC only with the help of a USB flash drive, don't walk away. Read through the following content and learn to install Windows 11 from a bootable USB or install with Windows 11 ISO file by media creation tool.
Guides in this part show you how to create a bootable Windows 11 installation USB and install OS on new PC.
- 1. What You Need
- 2. Format the USB Drive
- 3. Create a Windows 11 Installation USB
- 4. How to Install Windows 11 from USB
- UltraISO - a tool to create Windows 11 bootable USB
- A USB flash drive with at least 8GB free space
- An idle computer where you'll format the USB flash drive
- EaseUS Partition Master - the best USB format tool
- Your new PC - which you'll install Windows 11 on it
Then, follow the three steps for Installing Windows 11 from USB on a new PC.
Click the download button and install EaseUS Partition Master on the idle computer, which can be your old one or your friend's.
Step 1. Select the USB drive to format.
Connect the USB drive or pen drive to your computer. Download and launch EaseUS partition software. Right-click the USB drive you intend to format and choose "Format".
Step 2. Set the drive letter and file system on USB.
Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".
Step 3. Check "Yes" to confirm formatting USB.
Click "Yes" if you see the Warning window. If you have important data on it, back up the data in advance.
Step 4. Apply the changes.
Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button first, and then click "Apply" to format the USB drive.
- The Set active option is only available when your USB flash drive partition style is Primary. You might need to convert the logical partition to the primary partition if marking the partition as active fails at this step.
Another Way to format a USB flash drive to install win 11 from USB:
- 1. Connect the USB flash drive to your technician PC.
- 2. Open Disk Management: Right-click on Start and choose Disk Management.
- 3. Format the partition: Right-click the USB drive partition and choose Format. Select the FAT32 file system to be able to boot either BIOS-based or UEFI-based PCs.
- 4. Set the partition as active: Right-click the USB drive partition and click Mark Partition as Active.
When you plan to install Windows 11, you often need a CD or USB flash disk to install it. How to create a Windows 11 bootable USB? UltraISO tool can be used to burn a Windows 11 DVD or ISO to the USB flash drive. Do it by following the steps below.
- Plug the empty formatted USB drive into the computer.
- Open and run the UltraISO tool. Select "File" > "Open" to import the ISO installation source file of the Windows 11 operating system.
- Select "Bootable" > "Write Hard Disk Image" from the main menu. Select the USB drive you intend to boot from.
- Click the "Write" button, then the USB flash drive will be burned and written into the Windows 11 system.
- After the burning is completed, you can use the USB as the installation disk to install the Windows 11 operating system.
Now that you have known what you need if you want to Windows 11 from USB on a new PC, you can follow the details to install Windows OS. Connect the bootable USB flash drive to a new PC, ensure the USB device is detected, then select it as the main boot device.
- Turn on the PC and press the key that opens the boot-device selection menu for the computer, such as the Esc/F10/F12 keys. Select the option that boots the PC from the USB flash drive.
- Windows Setup starts. Follow the instructions to install Windows 11. Note that some installation may continue after you log in, so be patient. You also need to check for Windows Updates (Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update) after installation to ensure everything is up to date.
- Remove the USB flash drive.
Sometimes, it'll be greater to install Windows 10 on an external hard drive. In this way, you can use your own customized Windows 11 operating system wherever you go.
If you want to know how to install Windows 11 from USB with the help of the Windows Media Creation Tool, take two minutes to read through this part. As estimated, 90% of the readers would be able to start alone to install Windows from USB on their own after reading this part. Now, it's your time to learn to install windows 11from USB with Windows Media Creation Tool.
- 1. Download Windows 11 Tool to USB
- 2. Create Windows 11 Installation Media
- 3. Install Windows 11 from a USB
To get started in this way, you will first need to have a license to install Windows 11. Then, you can download and create Windows 11 installation media creation tool, and use the tool to install Windows 11 from USB or Windows ISO file. Download Windows 11 tool. Then, see the instructions below.
Before you download the Windows tool, make sure you have:
- A fast internet connection
- Adequate data storage on a computer, USB or external drive to download tool
- A blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space or blank DVD (and DVD burner) for creating media
- As creating Windows installation media will delete the content on USB or blank DVD, you'd better use a USB or blank DVD.
- If you are told the disc image file is too large when burning a DVD from an ISO file, you will need to use Dual Layer (DL) DVD Media.
Step 1. Download and run the tool as an administrator.
Step 2. On the "What do you want to do?" interface, select "Create installation media for another PC", and then select "Next".
Step 3. Choose the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows.
Step 4. Select media tool you want to use:
- USB flash drive - connect a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space to your computer.
- ISO file - Save an ISO file to your PC, which you can use to create a DVD. After the ISO file is downloaded, go to the location where the file is saved, can use the Windows Disk Image Burner to create an installation DVD with simple steps.
To burn Windows 11 ISO file into a DVD
- Find the location where the ISO file is saved
- Right-click the ISO file > select "Properties" > click "General" > "Change" > select "Windows Explorer" for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select "Apply".
- Right-click the ISO file and select "Burn disc image".
If you want to install Windows on a new PC directly from the ISO file without using a DVD or USB flash drive, you can make it by mounting the ISO file. This will perform an upgrade of your current operating system to Windows.
To mount the ISO file
- Find the Windows ISO file, right-click it and select "Properties".
- Click "General" > "Change" > select "Windows Explorer" for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select "Apply".
- Right-click the ISO file and select "Mount".
- Open and check the ISO file. Double-click setup.exe to start the Windows 11 setup.
Once you have created the Windows 11 media tool, continuing using the steps below to install Windows 11.
Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive or insert the DVD to the new PC where you want to install Windows 11.
Step 2. Restart your PC and boot your PC from USB or DVD media. If not, you need to press a key (such as F2, F12, Delete, or Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC to open the boot menu and change the boot order.
Tip: If the bootable USB drive not showing up or recognized in Windows 11, check the tutorial and find way out.
Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Windows 11 installation. Enter your Windows license key when a pop-up appears for a product key during installation.
Step 4. After Windows installation finishes, make sure you have all the necessary device drivers installed.
To check for updates now, select the Start button, go to "Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates".
Installing Windows 11 from USB Conclusion
This article provides you three common ways to install Windows to a new PC:
- Migrate OS to install Windows 11 on a new PC without effort.
- Install Windows 11 from a bootable USB.
- Install Windows 11 from USB using Windows 11 media creation tool.
Installing Windows 11 from USB is complex work, you should follow the instructions exactly. If there is any problem during the process, you can contact our technical support team via live chat or email: [email protected] for faster and more efficient help.
FAQs - How to Install Windows 11 from USB (Troubleshooting)
Some people are complaining that they often have doubts when upgrading Windows 11 or installing Windows 11 from USB. Let's troubleshoot them one by one.
How do I install Windows from a USB drive?
Step 1. Format the USB drive and set the Primary Partition as Active
Step 2. Download and run the Media Creation Tool on the idle PC (connected to the internet).
Step 3. Create a Windows installation media on empty USB.
Step 4. Install Windows 11 from the USB flash drive on your new PC.
Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Windows installation.
How can I make USB bootable?
To create a bootable USB flash drive:
Step 1. Download and run the Media Creation Tool on the idle PC (connected to the internet).
Step 2. Create Windows Installation Media on empty USB.
Can I install Windows 11 using USB?
If you prefer to use the newer version, though, you can create and use a USB drive that runs Windows 11 directly. You will need a USB flash drive with at least 8GB of free space, but preferably 32GB. You will also need a license to activate Windows 11 on the USB drive.
How do I install Windows 11 from USB to SSD?
- Shut down your system. remove the old HDD and install the SSD - there should be only the SSD attached to your system during the installation process.
- Insert the Bootable Installation Media.
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