Step-By-Step Guide: How to Install Windows 11 on a GPT Partition

Preparation: Confirm Computer Supports UEFI Boot Mode

For anyone who wants to install or upgrade Windows 11, they should check if their computer meets the Windows 11 requirements first,especially if the motherboard of the computer supports UEFI Boot Mode.

Check Windows 11 System Requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • Display: >9” with HD Resolution (720p)
  • Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

How to Check If Computer Supports UEFI Boot Mode

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F10/F12/Del to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Go to the Boot Menu, click the Boot Mode section, see if your computer supports UEFI mode.

Check if computer supports UEFI mode
  • If you see a UEFI mode, it means your computer supports this boot mode.
  • If it’s currently disabled, move to the next guide to enable UEFI and Secure Mode.

Enable UEFI Mode:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F10/F12/Del to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Go to the Boot Menu, click Boot Mode, and switch the mode from Legacy to UEFI.

Enable UEFI mode

Note that if necessary, you should also go to the boot menu and enable Secure Boot mode for Windows 11 installation. 

Enable secure boot

Prepare GPT Disk for Windows 11 Installation

Why Is GPT Partition Style?

It is critical to choose a suitable partition scheme, as the wrong one will not let you install the updated Windows 11 on your device.

The topmost reason is that Windows 11 requires a GPT disk for installation and also GPT is the basic of configuring UEFI and Secure Boot modes. We recommend using the GPT partition over MBR for this reason.

If you’re unsure which partition style or size you chose, there is a way to ensure you’re on the right track. Utilize the following steps to check your partition style:

1. Open the start menu and search for ‘format disk partitions’.

2. Click Disk Management, when you see all your drives, click on the hard drive you plan to install Windows 11.

3. Click on the ‘properties’ button, then look for ‘hardware’ and ‘properties’ under it.

4. Select the ‘volumes’ button.

5. Click on ‘populate,’ and you will find your partition scheme.

Convert Disk to GPT If It’s With MBR

If the target disk is with MBR disk type, to make sure that you have a GPT disk for Windows 11 installation, it is essential that you find the right way to convert the MBR disk to GPT.

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

Step 2. Go to Disk Converter, select “Convert MBR to GPT” and click “Next” to continue.

convert MBR to GPT - 1

Step 3. Select the target MBR disk that you tend to convert to GPT, and click “Convert” to start the conversion.

convert MBR to GPT - 2

You will then be ready to continue installing the software to your device!

How to Install Windows 11

The first thing you need to do is download Windows 11. Remember, since this is the leaked version, it can come with bugs and viruses. We recommend installing it on a less-used device in case of any malfunctions or issues.

Ensure that your PC is compatible with Windows 11. You can also install it on an unsupported PC. To do this, follow the steps below:

#1. Download Windows 11

  1. 1. Download Windows 11 ISO
  2. 2. Set yourself up with an external hard drive with a minimum 8GB storage value.
  3. 3. Set up Rufus on your device. 

Easier Access: Download Windows 11 via EaseUS Win11 Builder

The main aim here is to create a bootable USB drive using Windows 10 ISO. 

How to Install Windows 11 on GPT Partition

Now you’re all set to install and check out Windows 11 on your GPT partition!

Here is the step by step guide to installing the software to your PC:

Step 1. Reboot PC and enter BIOS, setting the USB drive as the boot drive.

Step 2. Once the computer boots on the USB disk, follow the onscreen instructions to install Windows 11.

Step 3. Set Language, Time and currency format, Keyboard or input method, and click Next to move on.

Set language, time, and keyboard to install Windows 11

Step 4. Click Install Now to enter the next step.

Select to Install Windows 11 from USB

Step 5. Click I don’t have a product key to continue.

Step 6. Select Windows 11 edition that you want to install and click Next to continue.

Select Windows 11 edition to install

Step 7. Click to accept the Microsoft License Term and click Next.

Step 8. Click Custome: Install Windows only on the new disk.

Select to Custom and install Windows only

Step 9. Select the GPT drive as the target disk and click Next to continue.

Select new SSD to install Windows 11

Step 10. Wait for the installing process to complete, the computer will restart automatically.

Finish Install Windows 11

Then follow the on-screen guide to set up the computer. Once complete, you can then login in and boot the computer from Windows 11 now.

Wait for Windows 11 to boot up

You will then see the Windows 11 startup screen. Congratulations! You just downloaded Windows 11 onto your device! Are you excited to set this software up? We will now walk you through using Windows 11 on your PC device.

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