Clean Install Windows 11 Without USB

To install Windows 11 on a machine that is currently running Windows 10, you do not need a bootable USB flash drive or the Media Creation Tool. Simply mount the ISO file in File Explorer and start the upgrade procedure from there.

While you’re more likely to utilize the Media Creation Tool or a bootable USB flash drive to execute an in-place upgrade or a clean installation, you can also use the Windows image mounting feature to load the ISO file and run the Windows 11 setup.

Video Tutorial:

This article will walk you through the process of upgrading to or doing a clean installation of Windows 11 without the need of a bootable USB drive or Media Creation Tool.

Download the Windows 11 ISO file from the official site. 

Scroll down until you see Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO). 

Select Windows 11 then click on Download.

Once downloaded, right-click the ISO file and select Open with then select Windows Explorer.

Click on Setup.

When the Windows Setup prompts, select Next.

Select Accept under the License Terms.

You may now choose to change what you want to keep or Install right away.

If you opted to Change what to keep, you may select from the three available options: Keep Personal Files and Apps, Keep Personal Files only, or Nothing (for a clean install). Once you have made the selection, click Next.

Click on the Install button once you have changed the setting according to your preference.


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