Clean Installing Windows 11

This wipes all data from the machine

Please make sure to disable CSM, enable Secure Boot and enable TPM prior to installation of Windows 11.

  1. Create a bootable USB flash drive using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. This will also wipe any data stored on the USB flash drive.

It is best to disconnect all storage disks except from the main (C Drive) disk from the computer before installing Windows 11.

  1. Boot into your USB that has the Windows 11 Media on it.

    • You can do this by entering your systems' BIOS and change the BIOS boot order to have USB media as the first priority (this can usually be found under the boot tab), or simply look for the words "boot menu" when you see your BIOS boot screen, press the corresponding function key and choose the USB flash drive to boot from it.
  2. Follow the steps on screen to install Windows 11.


  1. Click Install now

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  1. Continue on until you hit the license key screen. Here you can either enter your license code or, if Windows has been installed to this computer before, click on the I don't have a product key link.

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  1. Continue on until you hit the “Which type of installation do you want?” screen. Click Custom.

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  1. Click on each partition of the target drive and select delete. Once all the partitions are gone you will be left with unallocated space. At this point click Next.

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MBR Issues

WARNING! FOLLOWING THESE DIRECTIONS WILL DELETE ALL DATA ON THE SELECTED DRIVE!

If you receive an error about your disk being MBR like this:

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then press Shift+F10 to open CMD and follow below.

diskpart
list disk

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Make note of the disk you want to install to from the step above.

sel disk #
convert gpt
clean

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You can exit the CMD and click next again. Windows 11-2021-10-05-15-09-40.png

Finishing up

  1. Windows will now install.

  2. Once complete you will be facing the setup screen. Configure as you wish.

You have successfully installed Windows 11.


Revision #13
Created Tue, Oct 5, 2021 7:27 PM by PipeItToDevNull
Updated Thu, Oct 21, 2021 10:21 PM by DoctorDick