Can I install Windows 11 on Windows 10 PC?

“Can I install Windows 11 on Windows 10?” This post will show you how to install Windows 11 on Windows 10 PC with clear steps in two ways.


By Lucas / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Can I install Windows 11 on Windows 10?

Although Windows 11 has been officially released and those qualified Windows computers can free upgrade according to Microsoft’s announcement, you might still need to wait for at least a few months to upgrade. Many users are just like you who are unable to hold themself back to trying the new OS.

Microsoft suggests users should make sure the computer they wish to install Windows 11 meets the minimum system requirements, thus as long as your computer can meet the requirements, you can install Windows 11 on your Windows 10 computers.

How to install Windows 11 on Windows 10

A Windows 11 installation USB is definitely the best choice to install Windows 11 on any qualified device. You can take it with you to do a clean install OS or run a computer repair conveniently.

Install Windows 11 with the help of Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool

Microsoft prepares a Media Creation Tool for users, you can download it from its official web. Here we only list some necessary tips you need to know the most, don’t forget to read “Before you begin” carefully. This part has two sections about the creation of the installation media and the process of installing Windows 11.

▶ Section 1. Create Windows 11 installation media

1. Steady Internet connection
2. Sufficient data storage available on the computer
3. A USB or a DVD at least 8GB. If you have some files on it, please make a backup because all data will be erased during the process.

Step 1. Download the Media Creation Tool

Download Windows 11 media creation

Step 2. When the download is finished, click the exe. file to open it. In the new Window, select “Accept” after you make sure you agree to the license terms.

License term accept Windows 11

Step 3. Select “Create installation media for another PC”, and click “Next”.

Step 4. Select language, edition, and click “Next”.

Set Language and Edition

Step 5. Choose the media you wish to use: USB flash drive or ISO file (for DVD users) and select the USB, then wait for the downloading.

Choose which media to use

Select USB drive

Then, a Windows 11 installation USB is created, let’s install Windows 11 via this installation media.

▶ Section 2. Install Windows 11 from installation media

Step 1. Plug the installation media in the device you wish to install Windows 11, and turn it on, enter BIOS to change the boot order, choose a USB drive as the boot drive.

MSI boot order Windows

Then, you will see the “Windows Setup” window on the screen, please set them up and click “Next”.

Install Windows 11 from USB

Step 3. Click “Install now”.

Install Windows-11 from USB

Step 4. Choose “I don’t have a product key”.

Step 5. Choose an OS edition you wish to install and click “Next”.

Install Windows from USB

Step 6. Accept the License Term and click “Next”, click “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” in the next window.

Install Windows OS only

Step 7. Choose the target disk you wish to install Windows 11 OS, then click “Next”.

Select drive to install Windows 11

Step 8. Please wait for the process and your PC will reboot.

Wait installng

Your computer might reboot a few times, it’s normal. Then you can set your Windows 11 and enjoy it.

Set Windows 11

Alternative: To run Windows 11 on any PC (even Mac)

Just as the beginning of Windows 10, Windows 11 now has some bugs that impede many users to upgrade, for the test from AMD shows that some bugs can reduce the PC performance. And some users might need to create a work environment on a home device, or some are just want to try; the other possible situation is that some users may wish to use their own Windows 11 anywhere they need.

For various reasons, people who don’t want to install Windows 11 may need to use it. But Windows 11 removed the Windows to go feature, how to make a Windows 11 to go USB to allow you to run your personal Windows 11 on any computer, even Mac?

To perfectly meet your need, we suggest you try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is a powerful but easy-operating disk and partition manager for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista users. It has a “Windows To Go Creator” function to help users make a Windows 11 bootable USB.

Free Download Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Let’s see how to use this handy software to do our job.

1. A USB larger than 13GB. If it has important data, you’d better backup it because all data will be deleted.
2. If you need a new Windows 11, you may need to download Windows 11 ISO file.

Step 1. Insert the USB in and wait for your computer to detect it.

Step 2. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click "Tools" on the top pane and select “Windows To Go Creator” from the menu.

Windows 11 to go

Step 3. Choose “Create Windows To Go” for personal computer and click “Next”. If you want to use Windows 11 on a Mac computer, please click the second option.

Create Win to go for personal computer

Step 4. Choose the suitable option "Create Windows To Go with system disc/ISO" or “Create Windows To Go with the current system”. If Windows 11 ISO file isn’t detected automatically, click the folder icon to select manually. Then, click “Next”.

Create Windows to go with Windows files

Step 5. Select the USB drive as target and click “Proceed”

Choose USB drive

Step 6. You’ll receive the message that all data on this USB drive will be erased. Click “Yes” to continue.

After all, finished, you can try your Windows 11 to go USB on any computer. Don’t forget to enter BIOS to change boot order as we show you in the installation section.

AOMEI Partition Assistant can also help you install Windows 11 via directly migrating Windows 11 OS from one disk to another disk or cloning the whole disk from one to another. Both no need to reinstall the system.

Final words

“Can I install Windows 11 on Windows 10?” Of course, you can! In this article, we show how to create a Windows 11 installation media, how to install Windows 11 on a PC, and a more convenient way to run Windows 11 on your computer. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a multifunctional tool. There are many practical features, such as converting MBR to GPT without data loss, resizing/deleting/format/checking/merge partition, allocating free space, moving installed apps without reinstalling… Try to manage your devices as a professional with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Lucas · Staff Editor
I prefer peaceful and quiet life during vacation,but sometimes I watch football match if my favorite club performs brilliantly in that season. And I love reading, painting and calligraphy, thus I send my friends festival handwriting cards every year.