How Long Does Windows 11 Take to Install

Many people have already installed and used Windows 11 since it has been out in the open for some time. However, many people have questions about the download and installation processes because they haven’t yet received it, as is the case with any operating system. 

“How long does it take to install Windows 11?” is one of the most frequently asked questions on discussion boards and social media. We’re going to shed some light on the situation in this article by demonstrating how long installing Windows 11 ought to take and outlining the reasons why it might occasionally take an eternity or just get stuck. Let’s get started:

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How long does it take to install Windows 11?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear answer to this question that applies to everyone. There are many variables that affect how quickly Windows 11 installs, but the following are the most crucial ones:

  1. the hardware of the computer or device on which Windows 11 is being installed.
  2. The media used for installation (USB drive, DVD).
  3. Whether you upgrade from Windows 10 or start fresh when installing Windows 11 (clean installation).
  4. the speed of your internet connection.

In comparison to an older PC, how long does it take to install Windows 11 on a fast PC?

The entire process should take no longer than 10 to 20 minutes if you’re installing Windows 11 from scratch using a USB installation drive on a powerful computer with a quick NVMe solid-state drive and a reliable internet connection.

On the other hand, if your computer is older (but still capable of running Windows 11) and has a slow hard drive, it might take an hour and a half or longer to install Windows 11.

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Is installing Windows 11 from a DVD or USB drive quicker?

The speed can also be affected by the type of media you use to install Windows 11. Generally speaking, USB drives are quicker than DVDs. Therefore, installing Windows 11 will go faster if you choose to make a USB memory stick installation drive instead of using a DVD.

How long does the Windows 11 upgrade process take?

Your decision to either install Windows 11 from scratch or perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is the next item on the list of factors that affect speed. The time it takes to install Windows 11 when upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is actually comparable to the few minutes or hours it takes to perform a clean install. 

But because you can still use Windows 10 for a sizable portion of that time, it might seem faster. The initial stage of the process is completed in the background, and only after everything has been downloaded and set up for the installation is the actual installation begun. It took around 10 minutes for the upgrade to Windows 11 to complete in my case, for instance, on a quick PC with an NVMe drive after my computer rebooted. The process of installing Windows 11 from scratch took about the same amount of time.

Why is Windows 11 taking so long to install? How do I fix Windows 11 installation?

Why is Windows 11 so slow? Why did my Windows 11 installation get stuck? The previous section may have given you the answers. Slow hardware components may cause Windows 11 to install slowly. The system drive you install Windows 11 on is crucial: SSD/HDD? Windows 11 installation on a traditional hard drive can take so long that it may seem stuck.

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There may also be bugs. Or incompatible hardware in your computer or device, although Microsoft’s Windows 11 upgrade tools (PC Health Check, Windows 11 Installation Assistant, Media Creation Tool, and Windows Update) check all the essentials before installing. Here’s what to do:

  • A clean installation is best for upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11. That would fix update issues.
  • If Windows 11 installation gets stuck, disconnect non-essential peripherals and hardware. Webcams and secondary hard drives can be removed. Reinstall Windows 11. If it works, reconnect each device until you find the problem.

Hope one of these works. If they don’t, you’ll have to wait until Microsoft fixes a known bug in a future version of Windows 11 and try again.

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