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How to Try Windows 11 Without Nuking Windows 10

Windows 11 has a lot of improvements over Windows 10. Unfortunately, to perform a full installation of Windows 11, you have to abandon the stable Windows 10.

The good news is that you can try out Windows 11 on your primary device without messing with Windows 10. You have three options: use a virtual machine, dual boot, or a Windows 11 emulator. You can choose the method that works best for you, and we’ll show you how to set up each of them below.

Use a virtual machine

A virtual machine (VM) allows you to install Windows 11 on top of your Windows 10 operating system. In short, you will have Windows 11 running in the application window on your Windows 10 desktop.

What will you need:

  • Virtualization Application (Oracle VirtualBox)

Furthermore, you will need to check the Windows 11 hardware requirements to ensure that the operating system can work in your VM. If you’re not sure about some of the things on the list, you may want to do a Windows 11 compatibility test before going ahead.

Noticeable: VirtualBox does not support TPM 2.0, which is a requirement to install Windows 11. However, it is possible to bypass this by modifying the registry after starting the installation of Windows 11. If you are not ready to do this, you may want to take a look at the other two methods described in this post.

1. Install VirtualBox on Windows 10

VirtualBox is a popular program to use for this purpose, as it is easy to install and setup. Also, it does not consume computer resources, which is what you want in a virtual machine.

  1. Head over to the VirtualBox website.
  2. Click on the “Windows Hosts” option to download VirtualBox on your computer and install it by following the instructions.
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2. Create a VirtualBox Virtual Machine

Before proceeding to install Windows 11, you will need to set up VirtualBox VM.

  1. Start VirtualBox and click the New button in the VirtualBox Manager menu.
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  1. In the new window, name your virtual machine. In our case it is Windows11VM. Also, select an installation location with at least 64GB of disk space. Finally, select “Windows 11” from the version list and click Next.
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  1. In the next window, you will need to allocate at least 4096 MB of memory for your virtual machine. If you have enough RAM installed, allocate more memory to the virtual machine. Remember to leave enough memory for Windows 10 to run smoothly as well.
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  1. On the next three screens, the installation wizard will walk you through setting up your virtual hard disk.
  2. Click Create to complete the installation.
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3. Install Windows 11 in VirtualBox

  1. Download a Windows 11 disk image (ISO) by going to the official Windows 11 download page.
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  1. Now, open VirtualBox and select Windows11VM on your left side.
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  1. Click start to continue.
  1. You will be prompted to select a startup disk. Click the folder icon to select the Windows 11 ISO file you downloaded.
  2. Click Start.
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Noticeable: press converts + F10 Then follow the instructions under “Modify the registry on a new installation of Windows 11” in the Bypass TPM Requirements post before moving on to the next step.

  1. Select the language, time and keyboard settings you prefer and click Next.
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  1. Click “Install Now” on the next page. You will then be asked to enter your Windows product key. If you don’t have one, click “I don’t have a product key.”
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  1. Select the version of Windows you want to install. Click {Next.
  2. Accept the User Agreement. Once done, click on “Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced)” and choose where to install Windows. The installation process will start.
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  1. With Windows 11 installed, you will be able to access it by launching VirtualBox and starting Windows11VM.
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Dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10

Dual boot is simply running two operating systems on one computer at the same time. While it is not as smooth as running a virtual machine, it does require less on computer resources.

To dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10, your PC must have at least 8GB of RAM, more than 64GB of available storage space, UEFI firmware, TPM version 2.0, and be able to on safe boot. To make sure your PC has everything it needs, you can go ahead and do the Windows 11 compatibility test beforehand.

1. Prepare a partition for Windows 11

  1. press Wins + s.
  2. write in compmgmt.msc and hit Enters To open Computer Management.
  3. Go to Disk Management in the left menu and click on it to view your disk configuration.
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  1. Select a disk with at least 64 GB of free space. It is better to allocate more space. Right-click on the drive and select Shrink Size.
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  1. Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB and click Shrink.
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  1. The unallocated space should now be visible in Disk Management. Right-click on it and select Simple New Folder.
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  1. On the next screen, the new sound processor will launch. This will help you set up, format, and assign a drive letter and volume label to the new hard disk partition. Make sure to set a memorable volume label (eg Windows11BootDrive). Click Next to continue.
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  1. Click Finish to close the wizard.

2. Install Windows 11

  1. Download Windows 11 Media Creation Tool.
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  1. Before running the tool, connect a USB flash drive (at least 8 GB) to your computer. Follow the prompt to create a bootable USB flash drive. When the process is complete, you will see the message “The USB flash drive is ready”.
  1. Reboot your computer into BIOS and choose the USB drive as the boot device. The Windows 11 installation wizard will start.
  2. Follow the prompt until you reach “What type of installation do you want?” Window. Click “Custom: install Windows only (advanced)” and click Next.
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  1. Choose the partition you created (Windows11BootDrive) and then click Next to install Windows 11.
  2. After the installation is complete, you will now be able to access Windows 10 and Windows 11 from the boot menu when your computer restarts.
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Try Windows 11 Emulator

One of the easiest ways to get to know Windows 11 is to use this emulator hosted on the cloud. Just go to the website to see what Windows 11 will look like if you have it installed.

Things you can do

  • Open Start Menu You can take a look at what the Start menu looks like by simply clicking on the Windows icon which is now centrally located by default. You’ll see your installed apps at the top of the list and recommended items at the bottom.
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  • Get a sneak peek into the Windows Store Click the Windows Store icon to get the new store stamp. Unfortunately, you cannot install applications in the simulator.
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  • Try the new search Click the search icon in the taskbar to bring up the new search menu.
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Additional Features – You can also check File Explorer, Edge Browser, and Settings.

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Now that you know how to try Windows 11 without giving up on Windows 10, you’ll probably want to learn more about Microsoft’s latest operating systems. For example, check out the list of hidden Windows 11 features or learn all the ways you can customize the Windows 11 start menu.

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