How to reinstall Windows 11 with or without data loss?

If you’ve been experiencing sluggish and sluggish Windows recently, it might be time to reinstall Windows. Reinstalling Windows is always a good idea if your Windows isn’t working properly or has stability and startup issues.

Reinstalling Windows comes in handy when a system won’t boot, suffers from blue screen of death (BSOD) errors, or is affected by bloatware and malware. It helps in restoring missing or corrupt system files and keeps your system running smoothly.

In this article, we will discuss some of the easy methods to reinstall Windows 11.

Methods to Reinstall Windows 11

When reinstalling Windows 11, you have two options. You can choose to remove everything and do a clean install or just remove apps and settings and keep your personal files.

Reinstalling Windows obviously takes a little longer, however, it is not a difficult task to do. From using Windows settings to bootable USB, you can easily reinstall Windows 11 with the methods mentioned below. Let’s discover them in more detail.

Using Parameters

The easiest way to reinstall Windows is to use the Settings option available in Windows 11. Follow these steps to reinstall Windows using Settings:

  1. Click on the Begin button and go to Settings.
  2. Click on the System tab on the left side, then the tab Recovery option on the right side.
  3. In the recovery options, click on the reset computer button.
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  4. In the next window, two options will appear:
    • Picking out Keep my files if you come from want to remove apps and settings, but keep your personal files.
    • Picking out Delete everything if you want to delete all your personal files as well as apps and settings.
      keep my files or delete everything for iso
  5. On the next screen, you have to choose between the Cloud download or the local reinstallation option.
  6. In the next window, you will see the final settings that will be applied to your system. Examine it and click on the Reset button.

Once you complete these steps, a fresh copy of Windows 11 will be installed on your system.

Using Windows Recovery Mode

Sometimes you may not even be able to log into your system or you may experience some issues while booting your system. In this case, you should follow these steps to reinstall Windows using recovery mode:

  1. Enter recovery mode by pressing keys like F11, F12, or F9 as soon as the PC boots up. The shortcut key may vary depending on the PC manufacturer.
  2. In the recovery environment, select the Troubleshoot tab and click Reset this PC.
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  3. After that, two options will be displayed:
    • Picking out Keep my files if you come from want to remove apps and settings, but keep your personal files.
    • Picking out Delete everything if you want to delete all your personal files as well as apps and settings.
      keep my files or delete everything
  4. Then you have to choose between the cloud download Where Local resettlement option.
    • cloud download The option is more reliable because it will download new Windows system files from Microsoft servers.
    • Local resettlement uses existing files that may be damaged or corrupted.
      cloud download or local reinstall
  5. In the next window, you will be prompted with two options: Select Only the drive where Windows is installed to only format the Windows installation drive. Click on the All Readers option if you want to format all disks.
  6. After that click on Just delete my files.
  7. If you want to wipe your PC completely and don’t want to recover it later, click Completely clean the drive option.
  8. Finally, Windows will display your preferred settings to reset the PC. Examine it and click on the Reset button.

This will reset your PC and you are ready to use the new copy of Windows.

Using a Bootable USB Drive

Using a bootable USB drive is one of the most efficient and fastest methods of installing fresh copies of Windows. You will need the Windows 11 ISO file and a USB drive of at least 8 GB for this purpose. First, we will learn how to make USB bootable.

Make USB Bootable

You don’t need any third party app for this. You can use the command prompt to make the USB bootable. Follow these steps:

  1. Insert a USB flash drive into your computer.
  2. Open command prompt as administrator.
  3. Type diskpart and press Enter.
    make-usb-bootable
  4. Type the following commands and press Enter after each command:
    • list disk
    • select disk X where X is your flash drive number displayed after typing list disk
    • clean
    • create partition primary
    • select partition 1
  5. Type format fs=ntfs quick and press Enter.

    To note: If your system supports UEFI mode, you need to format the flash drive to FAT32. In this case, use format fs=fat32 quick . Otherwise, you may encounter problems during the installation process. You can find out if your system supports UEFI mode by checking the BIOS settings.

  6. Type active then click Enter.
  7. Type exit and click Enter.

Installing Windows Using a Bootable USB Drive

Once you are done making the USB drive bootable, extract the Windows 11 ISO file and copy all the installation files to your USB drive. Now follow these steps to install Windows via USB:

  1. Turn on your computer and enter the BIOS settings by pressing the required key according to the manufacturer. (normally F12 or DEL key)
  2. Go to Boot tab on your BIOS settings.
  3. Set the USB storage device to the first place of the boot device priority.
    bios_boot device priority
  4. Save changes and exit.
  5. Restart your computer to boot from USB.
  6. Once you boot from USB, you will see the Windows setup screen after a while. Select your preferred language, time format, and keyboard layout, then click Next.Select configuration information
  7. Click on the Install now button.Click-Install-Now
  8. Choose the edition of Windows you want to install, accept the agreement and click on Next.select-windows-11-version
  9. In the next window, you will be prompted with two options: If you want to remove everything and perform a clean install, click the Custom: install Windows only (advanced) option. If you want your files, settings, and apps to be safe, click the Upgrade option.Select-the-option-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-Windows
  10. Now select the partition where you want to install Windows and click on Next.

Windows installation can take up to an hour and your system will reboot several times, which is normal.

To note: After the installation process is complete, you need to remove your flash drive and allow the system to boot from the hard drive. If not, it will reboot again from flash drive and you will see Windows setup screen repeatedly.

Using the ISO File

If you don’t want to worry about making the USB bootable and you can still successfully connect to the system, this option is for you. You need to download a Windows 11 ISO file for this process.

You can easily download it from Microsoft official website. It provides reliable and high-speed downloading.

  1. Locate the Windows 11 ISO file on your PC. Right-click on it and click on the To go up option. Now the ISO file will be shown as one of the drives in the Device and Drives menu on This PC.mount-iso-image-windows-11
  2. Now open this player and run the setup.exe case.
  3. A new Windows 11 setup screen will open.
    windows 11 setup
  4. Accept the terms and conditions and click on the Next button.Accept the license terms
  5. Click it Change what to keep option.
  6. You can choose between the options: Keep personal files and apps, Keep only personal files, Where Nothing.
  7. Click it Next button and Install button.

Once the installation is complete, you are ready to use the new Windows 11.

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