How to install Windows 11 with a USB-Stick: A step-by-step guide

How to Install Windows 11 with a USB: A Step-by-Step Guide

Windows 11 Installation Guide

Recently Microsoft released its latest operating system (Windows 11) which includes a lot of new features, improvements, and fixes This guide will help you to upgrade your Windows or install it on your newly built PC. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using a USB -Stick. In this straightforward guide, we’ll walk you through the process of installing Windows with a USB. It is recommended to install windows on a SSD better on a M.2 SSD

Step 1: Check System Requirements

Before you start the installing process, you have to make sure that your device reaches the minimum system requirements. It is recommended to look at the Microsoft Website for more detailed information. 

Requirement Information
Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores compatible with 64-bit architecture
Memory (RAM) 4 gigabytes (GB) or more
Storage 64 GB or more of storage
System Firmware UEFI, firmware version: Secure Boot capable
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) TPM version 2.0
Graphics Card DirectX 12 compatible or later with a WDDM 2.0 driver

Step 2: Download/Install the Windows 11 ISO file

In order to create an installation media, you need to visit the Windows 11 download page. From there, click on “Download Now”.

Before you start creating your bootable USB-Stick, you need to have a USB-Stick with at least 8GB.  After the Media Creation Tool has been downloaded, double-click on the file and run it. You may need to permit to run the program.

Now follow the prompts to download the Windows 11 ISO file to your desired device. After this process select “Your USB” assuming that it is formatted correctly, as the destination.

Step 3: Boot from USB Drive / Installation

Put the USB drive into your device and start your computer. Press the key mentioned in your manual or shown on the PC to enter the boot menu (this varies depending on your PC) you can also do that through the BIOS. Select the USB drive you created earlier. Your Boot Menu might look something like this

After that follow the prompt to install  Windows 11.

Step 4: Activate Windows

During the installation process you will be asked for your Windows Key, but you can just click on “I Don’t Have a Product Key” and do it later. To get full access to your you need to activate it with a key. Follow these steps to activate Windows: Settings > Update & Security > Activation and entering your product key. If you do not have a key yet you can get one here for cheap:


If you can’t get it working with the steps mentioned above, here are some common issues that could be the cause and a solution:

  • Unsuitable PC: Your PC might not be compatible with Windows 11. Check your device’s components and make sure it reaches the minimum requirements. If your PC is not compatible, consider upgrading your hardware or choose another operating System.
  • Storage Space: If your PC doesn’t has enough storage space on your storage device, you won’t be able to install Windows 11. To free up space, uninstall unused programs, delete temporary files, and consider moving documents and photos to the cloud.
  • Corrupted or Incompatible USB Drive: Make sure your USB drive is compatible with Windows 11 and has at least 8GB of space.  If you’re having trouble with the USB drive, try using a new one with at least 8GB of available memory
  • Boot cycle: If your PC is stuck in a loop, it may be trying to boot from the USB drive. After the installation of Windows 11, you don’t need the USB drive anymore. Remove the drive and restart your computer to force it to load from the hard drive and stop the loop.

If this didn’t help you out feel free to ask your quetions in the comment section below or cantct me and I will try my best to help you out. 


Installing Windows with a USB-Stick is a usually straightforward process that can be completed within a few simple steps. Thanks for using this guide. If you have any further questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below or contact me. 

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