Create a Windows 11 installation USB key

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The installation of Windows 11 can be done with a USB key. Indeed, the creation of it is easy and accessible to all. However, installation media may be essential in the event of a computer crash.

Thus, to facilitate the installation of Windows 11, Microsoft proposes the design of an installation USB key. The procedure is simple and above all fast. So do you want to know the different steps to follow to create the installation USB key ? It is in this very detailed and complete guide that you will have all the essential information ...

How to create a Windows 11 installation USB key?

info: To check if your Windows PC will be able to run the new Windows 11 update and benefit from new features, follow this tutorial: Check if your PC can run Windows 11.

The provision of mandatory tools

To proceed with this creation, you need a few elements such as: the Internet connection, a good Windows computer and a good blank USB key.

The latter must have a capacity of at least 8 GB. You will need to ensure that you meet these conditions before starting the process.

Download the Windows 11 Media Creation Tool

This is the very first step in the creation process. It consists of download the installation media creation tool. You should know that it is a completely free tool if you download it from Microsoft's servers.

Launch the downloaded file

After connecting the USB key to your computer, launch the downloaded file MediaCreationToolW11.exe. It is very important, even mandatory, to accept the terms of use.

Choice of your languages

The utility has the ability to automatically detect the language. This is done according to your computer settings. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to choose the architecture of your processor. Indeed, Windows 11 is only available now in 64 bits.

Choosing your media

This step asks you where do you want to place the installation files. You can place them as a disk image. This file also allows you to create a startup key with software like Rufus, Balena Etcher.

To save time, you can directly create a startup key. For this, you will need select the USB flash memory disk.

Choose the USB key

For this part, you will have to select the letter corresponding to the connected USB key. However, if you want to change the key, all you need to do is plug in another key and validate it.
Next, you'll refresh the list of drives. Please note that this option will erase all the content of the key.

Downloading Windows 11 installation files

The Windows 11 installation files, on the other hand, are downloaded. Wait a few minutes!

Then they are checked automatically. After that, there is a step to configure your USB drive.

Once your Windows 11 installation USB drive has been created, click Finish.

After clicking on the "Finish" button, the Windows 11 installation USB key will become operational.
There you go, you now know almost everything about how to create an installation USB key for Windows 11 !