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How to create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 11

Problems loading the Windows operating system are rare, but they do happen. The first thing you need in such an unpleasant case is a bootable USB flash drive. Luckily, it’s not difficult to create one.

How to create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10, you can read in this article . For Windows 11, the process is largely similar, but there are some peculiarities. There is nothing complicated in creating a bootable USB flash drive. All you need is an 8 GB flash drive and high-speed Internet or a Windows 11 system image on disk.

The official method to create a bootable flash drive with the Media Creation Tool
The Media Creation Tool is a Microsoft utility specifically designed to create a bootable USB flash drive. It is best to download it from the official Microsoft page .

Click the “Download” button and run the downloaded utility. After starting the Media Creation Tool, it will display a screen with a license agreement. Click the “Accept” button. After that, the program will prompt you to select the language and version of the system. By default, the system language is Russian, the version is Windows 11.

Next, you should select the media on which the Windows 11 image will be written. Since we are creating a bootable USB flash drive, you should select the first option: “USB flash drive”.

After that, select the letter of the drive to which the flash drive is connected. Please note that all data on the flash drive will be permanently erased.

At the next stage, the utility will download the Windows 11 image from the Microsoft website and write it to a USB flash drive. The process depends on the speed of your Internet connection and may take a long time.

After the image is downloaded and written to the USB flash drive, you will see the message “USB flash drive is ready.” Now you can use the flash drive to boot on a computer with a “broken” system.

Method for creating a bootable USB flash drive from a Windows 11 image
The Media Creation Tool is very easy to use, but it is not always possible to use it.

If the utility does not start after downloading, you will need to download the system image from the same page using the browser and use a third-party utility to prepare a bootable USB flash drive.

If you get an error when downloading the Windows 11 image from the official site, you should try again via VPN. In this case, the download proceeds without errors. Microsoft itself does not comment on this phenomenon in any way, and has repeatedly stated that its products will remain available to Russian users.

The most common third-party utility for creating bootable flash drives is rufus . The program is absolutely free, has a small size and is easy to use. At the time of writing, the latest version is 3.19.

Download the latest version and run it. The program does not require installation and starts immediately.

To create a bootable flash drive, you will need to select the drive letter to which the target flash drive is connected in the “Device” column. Next, you need to select the system image file. It usually has an .iso extension. Click the “Select” button and find the image file on the computer disk.

“Partition scheme” – “GPT”, “Target system” – “UEFI (non-CSM)”. The rest of the parameters can be left as default. To create a bootable flash drive, click the “START” button.

Wait for the program to complete and the bootable USB flash drive will be ready.

Creating a bootable Windows 11 flash drive for computers without TPM and Secure Boot
Many unofficial builds of Windows 11 can be installed on any computer – as long as there is enough performance. But the licensed image of Windows 11 requires the computer to support TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. The TPM Trusted Platform Module is a special chip that stores encryption keys. It doesn’t have to be physical, on many motherboards the TPM is implemented through software simulation. You can check if your computer supports TPM 2.0 by pressing Win+R and running “tpm.msc”.

The computer may support TPM 2.0, but support may be disabled in the BIOS.

The rufus utility is able to create a bootable flash drive for computers that do not support TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. When the utility recognizes the Windows 11 image, an additional item appears in the program window – Image Settings. At this point, you need to select “Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM / no Secure Boot)”.

In the latest version of rufus, this option is placed in a separate window that appears after pressing the “START” button.

Creating a bootable Windows 11 flash drive is easy, and you can make it work on computers that do not support TPM and Secure Boot. Don’t forget to enable priority boot from USB media in your computer’s BIOS when using the flash drive you received.

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