How to clean install Microsoft Windows 11
To perform a clean install of Microsoft Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Check system requirements: Make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. This includes a compatible processor, sufficient RAM, and available storage space. Visit the official Microsoft website for the most up-to-date system requirements.
- Backup your data: Performing a clean install will erase all data on your computer’s hard drive, so it’s important to back up any important files or documents to an external storage device or cloud service.
- Obtain a Windows 11 installation media: You will need a bootable USB drive or a DVD with the Windows 11 installation files. You can download the official Windows 11 ISO file from the Microsoft website.
- Create a bootable USB drive: If you’re using a USB drive, you’ll need to create a bootable installation media. You can use tools like Rufus or the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create a bootable USB drive from the Windows 11 ISO file.
- Configure BIOS/UEFI settings: Restart your computer and enter the BIOS or UEFI settings by pressing the designated key during the startup process (such as F2 or Del). Configure the boot order to prioritize the USB drive or DVD drive so that your computer boots from the installation media.
- Install Windows 11: Once your computer is set to boot from the installation media, restart your computer with the USB drive or DVD inserted. The Windows 11 installation process should begin. Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.
- Enter product key: During the installation process, you may be prompted to enter a product key. If you have a valid product key, enter it when prompted. Otherwise, you can choose the option to skip this step, and Windows 11 will activate with limited functionality. You can later enter a product key or purchase a license to activate Windows 11 fully.
- Partition and format hard drive: When you reach the “Where do you want to install Windows?” screen, select the hard drive or partition where you want to install Windows 11. You can choose to format the selected drive to remove any existing data.
- Follow installation prompts: Continue following the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of Windows 11. This includes selecting your region and keyboard layout, creating a user account, and choosing privacy settings.
- Install drivers and updates: Once Windows 11 is installed, you should install the latest drivers for your hardware components. Visit the websites of your computer’s manufacturers or use Windows Update to download and install the necessary drivers and updates.
After completing these steps, you should have a clean installation of Microsoft Windows 11 on your computer. Remember to restore your backed-up files and customize the settings according to your preferences.