This guide will walk you through installing Windows 11 on a desktop or laptop with a TPM module for system security.
Microsoft’s latest OS is Windows 11. Installing Windows 11 is easy on new or upgraded PCs. This post will describe each step of installing Windows 11 on a Computer.
Step 1: Check System Requirements
There are specific system requirements for Windows 11, and computers that will not meet these requirements can’t run this operating system. Here are the system requirements that the system can meet:
- 64-bit processor with two or more cores
- 4 GB of RAM
- 64 GB or larger storage device
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics card or WDDM 2.0 driver
- UEFI firmware interface and Secure Boot feature
If your PC matches these specifications, you are prepared to install Windows 11. Yet, you cannot install the operating system if your machine does not fulfill these prerequisites. It’s possible that raising your PC’s minimum specs before upgrading is essential in this case.
Step 2: Prepare the Installation Media
Windows 11 may be installed via Windows Update or a USB or DVD. This article describes USB installation media preparation.
Things you need to prepare the installation media:
- A USB drive with at least 8 GB of capacity
- Windows 11 ISO file
- Windows USB/DVD Download Tool or Rufus program
Download the ISO file from Microsoft’s website and copy it to the USB drive using the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool or Rufus program.
Step 3: Restart the Computer
Put in the USB device and restart the machine. A computer’s BIOS or UEFI settings may be accessed by pressing a key at startup. This key may vary depending on the computer brand and model. FOR INSTANCE, the F2 key on Dell computers and the F10 key on HP systems may be required.
After restarting your computer, press the specified key to access the BIOS or UEFI settings. The USB drive should be designated as the primary boot device in the Boot submenu of the system’s BIOS or UEFI settings. Save your settings and restart your computer.
Step 4: Windows 11 Installation
As your computer restarts, the Windows 11 installation screen will appear. Click “Next” after making default selections like language, time zone, and keyboard layout.
A dialog asking you to “Choose the operating system you want to install” will appear at that point. To install Windows exclusively, choose the “Custom” option and proceed to the next step.
The disks installed on your computer will be displayed when you select “Manage disks.”. Choose “New” to begin a brand-new installation, then insert the desired disk. After selecting the appropriate disk size, click the “Apply” button.
The installation of Windows 11 will start when you click the “Install” button. The installation duration will vary based on your computer’s CPU processing speed and available hard drive space.
Your new computer will need some tweaking when the installation is done. To finish the setup procedure, do as instructed.
Following the steps mentioned above to perform the installation is a relatively simple task. But you must follow the instructions precisely and check your eligibility. To learn more about Windows 11’s all features, check out the official Microsoft website.
Possible Issues During Installation
You may encounter some issues during the installation of Windows. Some of these issues may include:
- Incompatible Hardware: Some features of Windows 11 require specific hardware. Installation issues may arise if your machine does not have the necessary components.
- Internet Connection: During system installation, an internet connection may be required. Problems with the installation process are possible if your internet connection is sluggish or unreliable.
- Update Issues: You may have issues if your machine has an outdated Windows version. Install Windows after updating Windows.
- Backup: During installation, your existing files and settings may be deleted. Therefore, back up your crucial data.
- Driver Issues: During installation, some drivers may not be automatically installed. Therefore, don’t forget to download and back up the drivers beforehand.
Review the pre-installation criteria and complete them to prevent these situations.
What To Do After Windows 11 Installation
Set up Windows before using your machine. These settings may include:
- Update Settings: Go to the update settings and set the automatic update options. This way, you can automatically download and install Windows 11 updates.
- Drivers: Some drivers may not be installed automatically during installation. Therefore, download and install the drivers.
- Applications: Install apps after installation. You can use application stores for this. Microsoft Store is a specially designed application store for Windows 11 where you can find many applications and games. You can also download applications outside of the app stores. However, make sure that these applications are reliable.
- Antivirus Software: Install antivirus software after installation. Antivirus software safeguards your machine. Windows Defender is an antivirus software included in Windows 11. There are numerous robust antivirus software solutions.
- Personalization Settings: Customize after installation. Change your desktop backdrop, colors, and themes using these options. Adjust the taskbar location and size.
- File Backup: After installation, back up your essential files. You won’t lose files if your PC crashes. An external hard drive or online storage provider can back up your information.
Windows 11 is more modern and user-friendly. Installation may cause issues. Thus, its structure must be carefully reviewed and followed.
Configure your computer after installation before using it. Setting update settings, installing drivers, downloading applications, installing antivirus software, and backing up files is essential.
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