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What you should do before installing Windows 11

 What you should do before installing Windows 11

What you should do before installing Windows 11

      Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's operating system for PCs, and while it hasn't conquered 100% of users, most agree it's a step ahead.

      However, if you want to get the most out of this update, it is best to pay attention to some details that you should expect before you start downloading and installing it.

  A few weeks ago we taught you how to install Windows 11 from USB step by step, and in response to many inquiries that have come to us in this regard, this time we want to stop at the previous procedures.  The ones you should do whenever you want to get this new version of Windows.  Specifically, if you are wondering what you should do before installing Windows 11 or updating to this version, in this article we will give you several tricks that will make things easier for you in the final part of the work.

  As we said and you already know, Windows 11 is the latest version from Microsoft and has many features that are really worth it, although here we have analyzed others that do not quite convince us.

  In any case, before updating to a new version of the Redmond operating system, it is convenient to "prepare" the computer for this, and make some practical adjustments that may be useful.

  Why and when should you upgrade to Windows 11?

  Although some good features of Windows 10 have been removed, the truth is that in general it is worth updating to Windows 11, since it is a stable release, meaning that other than the details we like more or less, the user experience should be better, especially on  Medium and long term.

  In fact, we've already emphasized how to improve multitasking in Windows 11, which is one of the key aspects of this new version of Microsoft's PC operating system, and one of the strongest reasons to upgrade.

  Also, this update for Windows 11 has been available for free since October 5, 2021. Therefore, you can install Windows 11 on your system now without much inconvenience, and even check if the computer meets the minimum requirements, something that will indicate from the Updates section.

  If so, you can proceed to download and install Windows 11, although before doing that we specifically advise you to do a few things that we consider essential before updating Windows.

  Steps to follow before installing Windows 11

  Enable TPM 2.0 in BIOS

  Windows 11 requires the version 2.0 Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to improve security, and if you don't have it, you are very likely to have problems installing.  Or you can't even complete it.

  If you meet this requirement, you will need to enable TPM 2.0 in BIOS like this

      Open the Settings app, by pressing the Windows + I . hotkey

      Go to Updates & Security, Recovery

      In Advanced startup, click Restart

      Go to Troubleshooting then Advanced Options

      Tap on UEFI Firmware Configuration option and click Restart button

      Depending on your motherboard, you will have to look for the TPM 2.0 option and take care to enable it

  Enable Secure Boot in BIOS

  To run Windows 11, secure booting is another requirement, because the system there makes sure that you are only running trusted software.  These computers usually have a UEFI firmware that includes Secure Boot.

  You can enable secure boot before installing Windows 11 like this

      Open the Settings app, by pressing the Windows + I . hotkey

      Go to Updates & Security, Recovery

      In Advanced startup, click Restart

      Go to Troubleshooting then Advanced Options and UEFI Firmware Settings

      Click the restart button and then activate the secure boot option

  Back up important data

  Restore points and backups are very important to avoid losing any relevant content.  You can make backups to an external hard drive or the cloud, so you are not dependent on your computer.

  In addition, there are specific programs that are dedicated to this, and apart from the fact that some of them are paid, we are sure that there will be users who will consider that it is really worth investing in

  Free up disk space

  And you'll know that enough disk space is needed to install the new operating system and updates.  Sometimes, installation may fail due to not enough disk space.

  Here the Disk Cleanup tool will be your best ally, although there are many third-party programs specifically developed to help you in these circumstances.

  If that is not enough, we leave you other ways to free up hard disk space in Windows.

  Uninstall potentially conflicting applications

  Windows Update is the time to get rid of potentially conflicting applications, or those that you have installed and don't use, that are meaninglessly demanding system space and resources.

  In addition, these applications can hamper the installation of the new version of Windows so that you know, whatever you think can generate some kind of conflict, it is better to get rid of it now.

  Anyway, if any app leaves you in doubt, you can reinstall it after the update.

  System checking and debugging

  Another thing to consider before installing Windows 11 is to check if system files are corrupted.  In many cases, corrupt system files on your PC cause errors and prevent you from updating to the latest version, so it's okay to take a few minutes to do so if you want to be sure.

  The best in these cases is to use the system file checker i.e. SFC scan.

  Disconnect unnecessary peripherals

  One suggestion for every time you restart your computer is that before doing so, disconnect all unnecessary peripherals including scanners, printers, and USB devices.  Then you can reconnect them.


  Install Windows 11, last step

What you should do before installing Windows 11

  Once you have completed all the previous steps, just select the method that you consider the most appropriate to proceed with the installation of Windows 11, among the many available methods.

  We recommend upgrading to Windows 11 through Windows Update or through the Windows 11 Setup Wizard, although you may also prefer to upgrade directly from an ISO image.

  On the other hand, if you are not sure yet, installing Windows 11 on an Oracle VM VirtualBox for testing is a good idea.  You can review all aspects of this update to confirm if you really like it, or better wait.