By Lily / Last update September 26, 2021

Windows 11 is coming

On June 3, Microsoft sent a Tweet saying “Join us June 24th at 11 am ET for the #MicrosoftEvent to see what’s next.” Many insiders predict the event is the debut of the next generation of Windows – Windows 11, and it turns out to be true. Let’s have a quick peek at the big changes coming with Windows 11:

  • Start menu: the new Start menu lies at the center of your taskbar. If needed, you can move them all back to the left-hand side. 
  • File Explorer: some folder icons are updated. Besides, if you hover your mouse over the "maximize windows" icon, you'll see an option to align your window in a variety of configurations. 
  • Widgets drawer: Right in the middle of the Taskbar icons is Widgets. Instead of desktop widgets, it shows nothing more than News & Interests at the moment.

For more new features of Windows 11, please visit Microsoft website.

Start Menu

How to install Windows 11 on your PC step by step

In this part, I’ll show you how to install Windows 11 from scratch or by upgrading from your old operating system separately.

Case 1: Windows 11 clean install from boot

1. Boot your computer from Windows 11 installation media. Or you can download Windows 11 ISO file and then boot from the file.

2. When you see the Windows Setup window, choose your language and other preferences and click Next. Then, click Install now.

Choose Preferences

3. You’ll be asked to activate Windows. Enter your product key or click I don’t have a product key if you’re reinstalling Windows.

4. Select the operating system you want to install and click Next. You can choose from Windows 11 Home, Pro, Education, and Enterprise, etc.

Select Operating System

5. Accept the license terms and click Next. Then, choose Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

Custom Install

6. Select the drive where you want to install Windows and click Next. Wait for the installation process to be done.

Select Drive

7. You’ll go to Windows 11 setup process. Choose the right country, keyboard layout, and personal/work use. Then, add your account and choose privacy settings. After a few minutes, you’ll get into Windows 11 new desktop.

Windows 11 Setup

Case 2: Windows 11 upgrade from Windows 10/8/7

1. Download Windows 11 ISO file from the official website. Open the ISO file and launch the setup.exe file.

2. Wait for the Windows 11 Setup wizard to be loaded. At the “Install Windows 11” page, click Next.

Install Windows 11

3. It will check for updates and check your PC automatically. If your PC meets the system requirements for installing Windows 11, you’ll get into the “Applicable notices and license terms” page. Click Accept to continue.

License Terms

Tip: If you are prompted “This PC can’t run Windows 11”, install available updates for your current version of Windows and try Windows 11 upgrade again.

4. At the “Ready to install” page, confirm the pending operation and click Install.

Ready to Install

Tip: By default, the installation process will keep your personal files and apps. You can change the default option by clicking Change what to keep.

5. Windows 11 installation starts, and your PC will restart a few times. Make sure you don’t turn off your PC.

Installing Windows 11

Always backup OS for unpredictable errors

System errors happen now and then. No matter which version of Windows you are using, it is wise of you to create a system image backup. As a result, you won’t be panic when your computer crashes, because you always know you can bring your computer back to work from the system image.

Then, how to backup Windows OS easily and safely? The best free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard comes to help.

  • It offers four types of backup to meet your different needs. They are System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup and File Backup.
  • To ensure your backups are kept up to date, you can schedule automatic backups.
  • All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported.

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Summary

That’s all about Windows 11 install. Whether you want to do Windows 11 clean install or upgrade install, you can find the detailed steps from this page. What’s more, it is suggested to backup your OS with AOMEI Backupper so that you can recover from serious system errors. Besides the backup and restore features, AOMEI Backupper enables you to create Windows 11 bootable USB and run hard drive data transfer. Try it now to discover more!