Windows 11 it can be installed following at least four options, the simplest of which involves the use of Windows Update (but only for computers that meet the minimum hardware requirements). Microsoft has now unveiled a fifth alternative that can be exploited in the case of a clean install.
Windows 11 when installing Windows 10
The installation of Microsoft operating systems is carried out via the so-called OOBE (Out-of-box experience). The term usually refers to the procedure initiated when the user “takes the computer out of the box”, but it can be extended to all the steps that allow for a clean installation (or from scratch). Thanks to a specific update (KB5005716) you can install Windows 11 during the Windows 10 setup wizard.
If the computer is compatible with the new operating system, when the user performs the clean installation of Windows 10 2004, 20H2, 21H1 e 21H2 (version that will be released in the next few weeks), you will see this screen:
The user can then choose whether to stay with Windows 10 or upgrade to Windows 11. This is possible because the update KB5005716 is downloaded in the background during the OOBE procedure (so only if the computer is connected to the Internet).
This method is especially useful for devices with ARM processor, like the Surface Pro X. The Installation Assistant does not support ARM processors, while the Media Creation Tool creates an ISO image that is not compatible with ARM processors.
To install Windows 11 on older PCs you can instead follow the official Microsoft procedure or use the Windows11Upgrade tool which does not verify compliance with the minimum hardware requirements.