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How to use a bootable USB stick with Windows 11

Bootable USB sticks are nothing more than storage devices on which an ISO image file belonging to an operating system such as Windows 11 has been burned.

A bootable USB, as its name suggests, allows you to update, install or repair an operating system such as Windows 11 while the computer starts up.

If you have the Windows 11 operating system image (ISO file) you can use it to create a bootable USB that, as we have mentioned, will allow you to update your Windows 11 operating system, install it from scratch or solve any serious problem that your computer has. Windows 11 may suffer as it allows you to replace system files that may be corrupted.

The best thing about bootable USB memories is that they can be used in any computer with a USB port, whether it is PC or laptop, since it is an external medium. The problem is that although this Windows 11 boot medium has been around for a long time, the truth is that not many users know how to use them.

Many users are the ones who start creating a bootable USB memory, but once created they do not know how to use it. Some of the questions you may be asking yourself are:

  • How do I boot my computer from a bootable USB stick?
  • How do I configure my computer to boot from a USB stick?
  • How do I start the bootable USB?
  • What key do I have to press to access the UEFI or BIOS?
  • When should I connect my Windows 11 bootable USB stick?

Well, in this tutorial we show you the entire process step by step so that you have no doubts about how to use the boot memories on your computer to update, install or repair Windows 11.

That said, in this tutorial we show you how to use a Bootable memory with Windows 11 to start your computer from it and be able to update, install or fix Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system

How to use a bootable USB stick with Windows 11 to update, install or repair your operating system.

1. The first thing of all will be to have a bootable USB with Windows 11, if you don't know how to do it we recommend this other tutorial: How to create a bootable USB memory of Windows 11 | ISO

2. When you have the bootable USB, completely turn off your laptop or desktop.

3. Connect your bootable USB stick to any of the USB ports on your computer.

4. Now proceed to turn it on again.

5. As soon as the device screen appears, you must press the key: F2 or F12

IMPORTANT NOTE: The key you must press during power-up may vary depending on the manufacturer of the motherboard of your computer. You can perform a search on your device, however, the most common keys are: F8, F12, F2 or F11

6. This will make you access the BIOS or UEFI of your computer depending on what type of startup you have configured. The next steps will be different depending on whether you have one or another option activated:

  • If you have BIOS: If you have BIOS or Legacy boot activated on your computer, you must continue with the steps indicated in the following tutorial: access the USB boot configuration in the BIOS
  • If you have UEFI: If you have UFEI, you should go to: General> Boot Secuence. Now in the main part of the screen you will see the order of devices that your computer will activate for startup. Make sure to move the option: USB Storage Device to the first position. Line followed do not forget to save the new configuration by clicking on: Save or Apply

7. Now your computer will be configured to boot from the bootable USB memory that is already connected to your computer. Therefore, proceed to turn off your computer, which you can do using the EXIT button on the UFEI or using the physical shutdown button on your computer.

8. When it is completely off, proceed to turn on the computer again. Now without having to touch any key, you will see how your computer boots from the bootable USB memory with Windows 11.

9. You will see a blue screen showing the installation details of the burned Windows 11 ISO image on the bootable pendrive. However, on this screen you may be able to choose several options, but it will depend as we have said on the ISO image that you have burned.

10. Click next, click Install, enter or not the product key and then two options will be displayed:

  • Update: Install Windows and keep files, settings and applications
  • Custom: Install Windows only

Date update on 2021-10-19. Date published on 2021-10-19. Category: Computer class Author: Oscar olg Fuente: downloadsource