After the Windows 11 announcement, Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 is finally here in the Dev channel. At Microsoft’s Windows event, the Redmond giant unveiled the next generation of Windows. It is rightly called Windows 11, successor to the company’s most popular Windows 10 OS. Windows 11 is all about visual changes, and Windows fans are waiting with bated breath to try out the new OS. Not anymore. So we have put together a simple guide to help you upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10. We have also mentioned the steps to clean install Windows 11 on any PC. Now if you are excited to try out Windows 11, follow our guide below.

Upgrade to Windows 11 From Windows 10: A Step-by-Step Guide (2021)

If you are on Windows 10, you can follow this guide to install Windows 11 on your computer without any hassles. And for advanced users, we have also added instructions for Windows 11 clean installation through the ISO image.

Install Windows 11 on Your Windows 10 PC

If you are on Windows 10 and want to test out Windows 11, you can do so right away, and the process is pretty straightforward. Moreover, your files and apps won’t be deleted, and your license will remain intact. In case you want to roll back to Windows 10 from Windows 11, you can do that as well. Now having said all of that, let’s begin.

1. For Windows 10 users who want to install Windows 11, you first need to join the Windows Insider Program. Click on this link and register yourself. You should have a Microsoft account to register for Windows Insider Program. If you don’t have one, create one on the same webpage.

Upgrade to Windows 11 From Windows 10 (2021)

2. After creating an online Microsoft account, 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 have to move to the online account. Don’t worry, this won’t delete anything. To do so, open Settings and go to “Accounts”. Here, click on the “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead” option.

Upgrade to Windows 11 From Windows 10 (2021)

3. Now, enter the same Microsoft account details you used to register for Windows Insider Program and sign in.

Upgrade to Windows 11 From Windows 10 (2021)

4. Once you have moved to an online account, navigate to “Update & Security” from the Settings page. Here, switch to “Windows Insider Program” and click on “Get Started”.

Note: If you get an error relating to Diagnostic data, move to “Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics and feedback -> Turn on Optional diagnostic data”.

Upgrade to Windows 11 From Windows 10 (2021)

5. Choose your Microsoft account and then pick the “Dev Channel” as Windows 11 is being currently rolled out to users in this channel only. Now, confirm it. Note that builds in the Dev channel may have several bugs, but in my experience so far, Windows 11 has been pretty solid.

Upgrade to Windows 11 From Windows 10 (2021)

6. Now, switch to the “Windows Update” menu and click on “Check for updates”.

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7. It will take some time, so keep patience. Finally, you will receive Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.51 update on your Windows 10 PC. Click on “Download“.

windows 11 insider preview 22000.51

8. Now, depending on your internet speed and PC hardware, Windows 11 installation will take anywhere between 1-2 hours. Your PC will reboot several times during the installation.

reboot PC

9. 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 switch back to Windows 10 Start Menu on Windows 11), excellent Windows 11 wallpapers, and a completely revamped UI. All your programs, files, and license will remain intact on Windows 11. Enjoy the new version of Windows on your PC.

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Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

Not everyone wants to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 mainly because of unknown installation errors and slow performance due to carried-over files. So if you are an advanced user and want to clean install Windows 11 on your PC, we need to get back to the bootable method. Note that, by clean install, I don’t mean erasing all of your partitions and files. This method will only wipe the C drive, including files and programs stored within the C drive.

1. First and foremost, download the official Windows 11 ISO build from Microsoft’s website. Currently, the Windows 11 Insider Preview 22000.51 build is not available to download, but keep an eye on the official software download page to download the ISO image.

2. Next, you need to download Rufus (Free) which lets you create a bootable Windows 11 USB thumb drive. If you find Rufus needlessly complex, you can head over to our list of best Rufus alternatives.

3. Now, launch Rufus and click on “Select“, and choose the Windows 11 ISO image. Plug in your USB thumb drive and Rufus will automatically pick the device. I would recommend running Rufus on the same PC where you wish to install Windows 11. This allows Rufus to automatically pre-select the correct values based on your system configuration.

Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

4. To steer clear of any GPT/ MBR errors during the installation process, I would suggest you check the partition scheme beforehand. On the PC where you want to install Windows 11, press the “Windows + X” keyboard shortcut 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, make sure to select that disk. Then, switch to “Volumes” and check the “Partition style”, whether it’s GPT or MBR. For example, mine is GPT.

Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

5. So on Rufus, I have selected “GPT” under “Partition scheme“. You need to choose the partition scheme accordingly. Finally, keep everything as default and click on “START”.

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6. Once the flashing process is complete, keep the USB thumb drive plugged in if you want to install Windows 11 on the same PC. Now, restart your computer, and while the computer boots up, start pressing the boot key continuously.

Note: On HP laptops, pressing the “Esc” key during startup brings up the Startup menu. For other laptops and desktops, you will have to look for the boot key on the Internet. It should be one of these: F12, F9, F10, etc.

Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

7. Then, Press “F9” (the key can be different for your laptop/desktop) to open “Boot Device Options. Here, select the thumb drive and hit enter.

Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

8. You will now boot into the Windows 11 installer setup. Now follow this instruction path, click on Next -> Install Now -> I don’t have a product key -> Select Windows 11 edition -> Custom. If you had Windows activated earlier, the “product key” and “Windows 11 edition page” might not appear. They will be pre-selected by the installer itself based on your earlier configuration.

Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

9. Now, identify the “C” drive partition based on the drive size and click on “Next” to install Windows 11 on your PC. This will only wipe your C drive (including programs and files from Desktop, My Documents, Downloads — all within C drive) and will not touch other partitions.

Clean Install Windows 11 on Any PC

10. After the installation process, your PC will reboot. This time, remove the USB thumb drive, and you will be greeted with Windows 11’s brand new onboarding setup.

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11. During the installation, if you are using Windows 11 Home, you can also create an offline account through Sign-in Options -> Offline Account -> Limited experience. For other editions, you can choose not to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

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12. There you go! You have successfully installed Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 on your computer. Now, go ahead and try out all the new UI elements, centered start menu, new Microsoft Store, widgets, enhanced action center, and much more.

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Install Windows 11 on Any Computer in a Few Easy Steps

So that is how you can upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 through the Insider Program. We have also mentioned a clean way to install Windows 11 without buying a new license key. Anyway, that is all from us. If you get any kind of error related to TPM, Secure Boot, etc., during the Windows 11 installation process, let us know in the comment section below. We will definitely try to help you out.

116 COMMENTS

  1. After installing windows 11, no ui change, windows 10 ui remains. I don’t know why, please help

  2. Sir is it mandatory to Clean Install Windows 11. Will it work if I won’t do it. Recently my pc encountered critical service failed error. so to get rid of it I’ve to reset my pc. And firstly I’ve selected beta channel then after reading your article I switched it to dev channel. will it install windows 11 on my pc after Clean Installing Windows 11. plz help me with this.

      • I really need help… I updated to windows 11 and the I degraded to windows 10 because of lag and all… But now it shows my windows is not activated… But my windows 10 was geniune.. I don’t have a product key… I don’t know how go activate it… Please help…

  3. Hi Arjun,

    Thanks for the detailed guide. Following all the steps I am able to easily upgrade to the Windows 11 preview build.

    However, I have encountered an issue with my sound card. There is no sound on my laptop after the update. I tried looking for answers on several forums but nothing. Any idea what I can do. I am running the latest driver for Realtek. My laptop is a HP Pavilion x360.

    Regards,
    Nilesh

  4. I Upgraded it to win 11
    And it’s beautiful and amazing
    But only thing which i am missing is the refresh button which is given inside of show more items

  5. If you are not seeing window 11 preview update just after signing up for insider program , try to install any update available for window 10 first from window update tab , then in next update check you can see window 11 preview

  6. I have the ISO file kindly let me know team how to share it with you it is in 7 parts and i have installed it in my pc works amazing

    • Hey I have my dell optiplex 7010.
      I want to install windows 11.
      Can my pc runs windows 11 smoothly?
      I am a student so many of my files and data which is important for me are saved in my pc.
      I don’t want to lost them.

      Second thing, can I come windows 10 from windows 11 if any problem.???
      And without loosing any data??
      If yes, so how can I do?????

  7. On my preview build of windows-11 I am unable to use “Zoom Cloud Meeting App” whenever I Join a meeting it shows me A green Screen telling Windows Preview Build is collecting error sample And then it restarts its annoying

  8. The writer of the article should modify the article a little.
    !!!! First, everyone who wants to install Win 11 should check the TPM 2.0: windows+run: tpm.msc
    if is not enabled has to check in the BIOS. It is somewhere in the Advanced tab. If you don’t find it still could be there, called Intel PTT.
    And after run the Health Check. You can save a thousand ppl from headaches if your article is correct.

  9. I have a Ryzen 5 2500u chip paired with 8Gb ram, but the health check stuff shows that i cant run win 11, is related to tpm 2.0?
    Or its something else

  10. Am joined preview program and now am in update screen but update not come so many times tried my pc is compatible with 11 many times searching update and displayed encountered problem

  11. I have updated to windows 11, my brightnees keys are not working. Tried updating display drivers but no gain.
    Is it a bug for windows 11?

  12. I have a laptop fully capable of running Windows 11. Problem is, I’m a student and that is (obviously) my only laptop. It has all my important suff. I can’t even loose the app data. But I really wanna give it a shot. So, if I install how can I roll back to windows 10 ?
    And would it delete any data ?

  13. I tried with Windows Insider Program all went smoothly but it is showing under update history ( failed to install ) what to do ?

    • same here, it was at installing updates near 65%, but then it said ‘Undoing changes done to the computer’ and then rebooted and said ‘Updates were unable to complete’ in settings

  14. I am currently running Crome OS which I clean booted on my window 10 laptop following your detailed guide ( the guide was very helpful and easy to follow – thanks for that ).
    Now my question is how do I install windows 11 on crome OS where I don’t know tha partition scheme ( GTP) as well as how to use Rufus to create a iso bootable file.
    It would be great if you can make a guide for installation of windows 11 in crome OS.

  15. If I am upgrading from windows 10, you said my licenses and program files remain the same but what about the other things like downloads, documents and other files on my desktop?

  16. I just Installed Windows-11 and its running very smooth but there’s only one problem i.e. “Whenever I open Android Emulator inside Android Studio the windows goes into a restart” this is happening every single time I use Android Emulator.
    Please Anyone can help me with this.

    • I have installed Windows from the “Microsoft Insider Program”,
      and now I can’t go back to Windows-10 🙁

  17. Hello, my laptop doesn’t have a TPM chip and is Intel 4 gen and the option for dev build in insider program is vanished so I can’t install Win11 from updater but since you have installed Win11 can you create iso of it and share it please 🙏 I’d like to try to run it!

    • Sie können Windows 11 installieren, müssen jedoch einige Methoden anwenden, die auf YouTube verfügbar sind, z. B. einige Änderungen in der ISO vornehmen, damit Sie die Installation durchführen können.

  18. I earlier upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 which is working flawlessly.I hv i3 processor, 4GB/500GB. Do u think i can upgrade to 11

  19. When I go with clean windows 11 process then licence will be gone ?
    Or it will continue with licence?

    • It will continue with the same license. But note the license number somewhere so that you can be safe if there is an issue.

  20. Hi i downloaded the build but when i update it says undoing changed madr to your conputer and it does not update what to do

  21. Bro I have Alienware 15 R3 every requirements for windows 11 I have but still when I checked on PC health app it’s saying my pc can’t be updated to windows 11

  22. I am using HP laptop with windows 7 OS 32-bit 4GB RAM. Will I be allowed to use dev version of Windows 11?? Also, could you please explain or share some resources about windows and what all these beta, dev versions, windows boot meanings, insider programs, computer drives and overall, how a computer works? I’m just 7 years old and have no idea how all this stuff works…..I only know python coding😅😅

    • It’s a Bit Complex Yet Fun Thing To Learn about Computer especially Windows.
      For Now You You Don’t Need to Ask anybody Resources Becouse You Have Resources If You Have a Laptop If You Can Access Internet You Can Find So Many Resources Just Type Questions Either Google Chrome or YouTube
      There is So Many Resources and Information Out There

  23. Anyone please reply: Im uprading the windows 11 via windows Insider program, will the update stays permanent or it will rollback to windows 10 after few days?? sorry if this question is stupid…

    • You will continue to receive Windows 11 preview builds till October and then stable build will be out. In the meantime, if you want to move back to Windows 10, you can do so from Settings.

    • Officially, no. But if you have enabled TPM and Secure Boot then try to enroll into the Insider Program. Chances are you might get the Windows 11 update.

  24. How will i roll back from windows 11 to windows 10 in 1st method?
    Please let me know, if I ran in some issue then I can roll back to windows 10.

    • Open Settings -> System -> Recovery -> Go Back to Previous Version of Windows. Note that, you won’t be eligible for Windows 11 insider previews once you exit the program.

  25. The “windows insider” page says that my pc doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for windows 11 but still i can still install the update through dev channel, so should i still install it? btw also checked the official microsoft website and it says that i need to be degrading back to w10. So if possible please tell us how to revert back to windows 10 from 11.

  26. Bro i have one doubt, When i visit windows insider program in update page. It shows to turn on optional diagonistic data. But i cant i turn on optional diagositic data. It automatically return to required diagonistic data. Any solution?

    • Open Privacy in Settings and allow telemetry of all kinds. There might be some privacy settings that are blocking diagnostic data.

  27. I have windows 10 in my laptop and i want a clean installation ( bootable method) so if i will upgrade using this method , will my license will expired or it will be activated in windows 11 as of windows 10? Plz answer this question.

  28. Thanks for the detailed steps. But the update doesn’t seem to be available in all geographies yet. I am in Malaysia and I don’t see Windows 11 inspire of checking a few times.

  29. while installing a window apper “what needs your attenction” if i cancel that installation stopped and there is no continue option

  30. Thanks a lot man. Really appreciated. I really wanted to try windows 11 but afraid of losing my registered windows 10.
    🙂 . So happy rn.

  31. I just wanted to know when will the original windows 11 come .. I’m just waiting for the microsoft store and settings update…. Really can’t wait…. Thanks for your guidance….

  32. I have 2GB RAM , and I know officially the minimum RAM requirement is 4 GB for Windows 11, still do you think I could run Windows 11 on my machine ( not just installing , it should work fine) ?

    • Yes it will..if your using any Linux based distro then you have to change it from UEFI to Legacy but if you are on Windows or Mac then Legacy option in the Bios is good to go..
      Just change the boot order to the pen drive in which the OS is installed in.
      Hope it helps.

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