The first Windows 11 Insider Preview was released on the 28th of June, 2021. Since then all Dell users are trying hard to get Windows 11 on their Laptops. Microsoft has uplifted the new system requirements along with the new operating system version hence Dell Laptop users are facing issues to upgrade or clean install Windows 11.
We have discussed all the system requirements to support Windows 11 on Dell Laptops and also covered both the upgrade and clean install methods. First, make sure to refer to all the requirements then try to upgrade your PC. If you are not able to get a free upgrade then try to download Windows 11 ISO then install it from the bootable USB.
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Windows 11 Requirements for the Dell Laptop
Microsoft introduced the Bit Locker encryption and UEFI requirements from Windows 10 itself but didn’t make it mandatory to let users and manufacturers catch up with them. Bit-Locker Encryption along with a TPM 2.0 chip will create a solid firewall between your Dell Laptop and thief, stranger, or hacker.
Likewise, the latest 7th Generations Intel and new AMD processors will support all the new applications and their technologies. Graphics card with DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 Driver support will handle the games on your Dell Laptop.
All the current specifications of Windows 11 for Dell Laptop will either give it a performance boost or protects it against vulnerabilities. Anyway, some Windows 11 requirements are mandatory such as TPM 2.0 chip, UEFI, Secure Boot, GPT Disk Partition Type, and DirectX 12. You can still bypass the latest Processor requirements by either joining Windows Insider Program through Dev Channel or directly installing Windows 11 on Dell Laptop through Bootable USB.
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Upgrade Dell Laptop to Windows 11
Windows 11 Insider Preview is available for the Insiders on both Dev and Beta Channel. First of all, make sure to install the latest Windows 10 update from the Settings. Follow the path as Settings > Update & Security > Check for updates to get and install all the available updates on your Dell Laptop.
Once your Dell Laptop is on the latest Windows 10 then go to the Windows Insider Program and Get started with your Microsoft Account.
Choose Dev Channel from the three available Dev, Beta, and Preview channel options and Restart to get Windows 11 for free on Dell.
Go to Update & Security settings to Check for the update and start downloading the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 10.0.22000.xxx.
Let it download and install it in the background then Restart your Dell Laptop to install Windows 11 Upgrade.
If you are not able to receive Windows 11 Upgrade or Dev and Beta Channel options then download Windows 11 ISO to clean install or dual boot it with Windows 10.
Download Windows 11 ISO
Microsoft has already released the Windows 11 ISO to clean install or dual boot with the existing operating system on Dell Laptop. Again Windows 11 ISO can be downloaded by registering for Windows Insider Program but from the web and your Dell Laptop does not have to meet the minimum requirements.
- Register for Windows Insider Program by accepting its terms using your Microsoft Account.
- Visit Windows 11 ISO Download Page and login with the same Microsoft Account by tapping on the Profile icon.
- Scroll down to select edition, I will recommend the first Windows 11 Insider Preview (Dev Channel) (22000.xxx) ISO.
- Select the English language in the next drop-down and tap on the Windows 11 64-bit Download button to begin download.
Once Windows 11 ISO download is complete of around 5.1 GB size then create its bootable USB.
Create Windows 11 Bootable USB on Dell
We will use Rufus to create Windows 11 Bootable USB on Dell Laptop. Rufus is a portable program to format and make bootable usable from the ISO files. First, download Rufus for Windows and insert the USB on Dell.
Launch the portable Rufus program automatically select the inserted USB. Then browse the downloaded Windows 11 ISO file.
Set the GPT as Partition Scheme for your Dell Laptop. Start to format the USB and copy Windows 11 ISO to the USB.
Tap on the Finish to close the Rufus after the bootable USB is ready.
Clean Install Windows 11 on Dell Laptop
We can either clean install or dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10 from USB on the Dell Laptop. Make sure you have kept an empty partition of more than 64 GB to dual boot Windows 11 else no need to create an extra partition.
Shut down and insert Windows 11 USB to Dell Laptop. Tap on the Power button while keep pressing F12 as the boot menu key on Dell. Select the inserted USB from the Dell Boot Menu to start the setup.
Keep the default English (United States) option for the language and time to go to the next step to start Windows 11 Install.
Tap on the I don’t have a product key link from the bottom of the setup.
Select Windows 11 Pro operating system to install on Dell.
Select the second option to Custom: Install with advanced options.
Choose an appropriate drive and tap on the Next to copy files from the USB and get things ready. It will take from 15 to 30 minutes to launch the next setup.
Select your country, appropriate keyboard layout, for personal or school, Microsoft Account, and accept privacy to get things ready within the next 15 to 30 minutes.
Next, your Dell Laptop will boot the all-new Windows 11.