Here we have put together a simple guide to help you upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11. We have also mentioned the steps to clean Windows 11 installation on any PC. Now, if you want to install Windows 11 on your Windows 10 PC, follow our guide below.
After the announcement of Windows 11, Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 has finally arrived in the Dev channel. At Microsoft’s Windows event, the Redmond giant unveiled the next generation of Windows. It is aptly named Windows 11, the successor to the Windows 10 operating system the company’s most popular operating system.
Windows 11 is all about visual changes, and Windows fans are waiting with bated breath to try out the new operating system. Now they don’t have to wait any longer.
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How to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11: step by step guide
If you are on Windows 10, you can follow this guide to install Windows 11 on your computer without any problems. And for advanced users, we’ve also added instructions for clean installation of Windows 11 via the ISO image.
How to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11
If you’re on Windows 10 and want to test Windows 11, you can do it right away and the process is pretty straightforward. Also, your files and your app will not be deleted and your license will remain intact. In case you want to roll back to Windows 10 from Windows 11, you can. That said, let’s get started.
- For Windows 10 users who want to install Windows 11, you must first enroll in the Windows Insider Program. Click on this link and register. You should have a Microsoft account to sign up for the Windows Insider Program. If you don’t have one, create one on the same web page.
- After creating a Microsoft account online, you need to link the Microsoft account to your Windows 10 PC. Basically, if you were using a local account on your Windows 10 PC, you will need to switch to the online account. Don’t worry, this won’t delete anything. To do this, open Settings and go to “Accounts”. Here, click on the “Sign in with a Microsoft account” option.
- Now, enter the same Microsoft account details you used to sign up for the Windows Insider Program and log in.
- Once you have switched to an online account, go to “Update & Security” from the Settings page. Here, go to “Windows Insider Program” and click “Get Started”.
Note: If you get a diagnostic data error, go to “Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics and feedback -> Enable optional diagnostic data”.
- Choose your Microsoft account and then choose “Dev Channel” as Windows 11 is currently only distributed to users in this channel. Now, confirm it. Note that builds in the Dev channel can have several bugs, but in my experience so far, Windows 11 has been pretty smooth.
- Now, go to the “Windows Update” menu and click on “Check for updates”.
- It will take some time, so it takes some patience. Finally, you will receive the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.51 update on your Windows 10 PC. Click “Download“.
Download the Windows 11 ISO file (scroll to the bottom of the page)
- Now, depending on your internet speed and PC hardware, Windows 11 installation will take 1-2 hours. Your PC will reboot several times during the installation.
- Once the update is complete, your PC will boot to Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 with a new startup sound, new Start menu (by the way, you can go back to Windows 10 Start menu on Windows 11), beautiful wallpapers Windows 11 and a completely revamped user interface. All your programs, files and license will remain intact on Windows 11. Enjoy the new version of Windows 11 on your PC.
How to install the clean version of Windows 11 on any PC
Not everyone wants to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 mainly due to unknown installation errors and slow performance due to the reported files.
So, if you are an advanced user and want to perform a clean install of Windows 11 on your PC, we need to go back to the boot method. Note that, by clean installation, I don’t mean wiping all partitions and files. This method will only erase the C drive, including files and programs stored in the C drive.
- First, download the official Windows 11 ISO build from Microsoft’s website. Currently, Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22000.51 is not available for download, but keep an eye on the official software download page to download the ISO image.
- Next, you need to download Rufus (free) which allows you to create a bootable Windows 11 USB stick.
- Now start Rufus and click “Select” and choose the Windows 11 ISO image. Plug in your USB stick and Rufus will automatically choose the device. I would recommend running Rufus on the same PC you want to install Windows 11 on. This allows Rufus to automatically pre-select the correct values based on your system configuration.
- To avoid GPT / MBR errors during the installation process, I suggest you check the partition scheme in advance. On the PC where you want to install Windows 11, press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + X” and open “Disk Management”. Here, right-click on “Disk 0” and open “Properties”. If you intend to install Windows 11 on another disk (Disk 1 or 2, be sure to select that disk. Then, go to “Volumes” and check the “Partition Style”, be it GPT or MBR. For example, mine is GPT.
- Then on Rufus, I have selected “GPT” in “Partition scheme“. You need to choose the partition scheme accordingly. Finally, keep everything as default and click “START”.
- Once the flashing process is complete, keep the USB stick connected if you want to install Windows 11 on the same PC. Now restart your computer and, as your computer boots, start pressing the start key continuously.
Note: On HP laptops, pressing the “Esc” key during startup displays the boot menu. For other laptops and desktops, you will need to search the Internet for the startup key. It should be one of these: F12, F9, F10, etc.
- Then, press “F9” (the key may be different for your laptop / desktop) to open “Boot Device Options. Here, select the pen drive and hit enter.
- Now you will start installing the Windows 11 installer. Now follow this instruction path, click Next -> Install now -> I don’t have a product key -> Select Windows 11 edition -> Custom. If Windows was previously activated, the “product key” and the “Windows 11 edition page” may not be displayed. They will be preselected by the installer itself based on the previous configuration.
- Now, identify the “C” drive partition by drive size and click “Next” to install Windows 11 on your PC. This will only wipe C drive (including programs and files from Desktop, Documents, Downloads, everything inside C drive) and won’t touch any other partitions.
- After the installation process, your PC will reboot. This time, remove the USB stick and you’ll be greeted with the brand new Windows 11 onboarding setup.
Download the Windows 11 ISO file (scroll to the bottom of the page)
- During installation, if you are using Windows 11 Home, you can also create an offline account via Login Options -> Offline Account -> Limited Experience. For other editions, you can choose not to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- Here you are! You have successfully installed Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 on your computer. Now go ahead and try out all the new UI elements, the centered start menu, the new Microsoft Store, widgets, advanced action center, and much more.
Install Windows 11 on any computer in a few simple steps
Here’s how to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 via the Insider Program. We also mentioned a clean way to install Windows 11 without purchasing a new license key. Anyway, that’s all from us. If you get any kind of error related to TPM, Secure Boot, etc., during the Windows 11 installation process, read here how to fix. We will certainly try to help you.