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Installing Windows 11 build 21996

Installing Windows 11 build 21996

Hi everyone,

In my previous post, I wrote about how to create a Windows 11 installation disc that would allow me to install this new Windows version on a PC without a Trusted Platform Module. I did this because my attempt from yesterday to install Windows 11 was not successful because of this requirement. Now, I’ll go through each step I did in order to install it on the same machine that failed yesterday, by using this new installation media.

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The installation is really no different than that of installing a previous version of Windows. We would just boot the disc and go through each installation step.

Because we used a Windows 10 installation disc with the install.wim file from Windows 11, the first setup screens have the Windows 10 logo. However, we are installing Windows 11 as those are the versions that shows up in the version selection screen:

The End User License Agreement was also updated, showing a date of June 2021:

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We will do a Clean Install, which requires repartitioning our hard drive to install a fresh copy of Windows:

The installation process runs as usual:

Once this setup is complete, our PC restarts and the second part of the installation begins.

We can see the new Windows logo is now in place. It seems to have been installed correctly. Now is where the new Setup Experience starts, with brand-new screens. The steps itself are the same as the ones in Windows 10. If you’ve been following the Windows 10 Insider Previews, the last few screens were present on those:

If we connect to the internet, there will not be an option to bypass the login screen. I did not test it to see if Windows 11 would allow me to add a local account if I hadn’t connected to the Wi-Fi network, but then again, there doesn’t seem to be an option to skip that step. There is, however, a troubleshooting option, so maybe it’s hidden in there.

I have a FIDO key to log in and Windows 11 happily accepted it and restored my account:

It also seems that Windows 10 backups are compatible with Windows 11, as it gives me the option to restore the settings from it.

The next screen is about the usual privacy settings Windows asks us if we want to allow, like Location and sending detailed reports to Microsoft:

The next screen was not present on earlier versions of Windows 10, but was added later:

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And now, we finish off the installation process:

The “Getting Ready” screens also got a redesign. Now, instead of gradient color changes, there seem to be light spotlights of dark blue:

Finally, we are shown the Windows 11 desktop:

Windows 11 Desktop 1

The Windows explorer looks the same as in Windows 10, with the new icons that have been present in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview versions:

Windows 11 Desktop 2

Windows does identify itself as Windows 11:

Windows 11 Desktop 3

It also activated. It seems that it uses the same Windows 10 key:

Windows 11 Desktop 4

Finally, I’ve made sure to install each driver which it did succesfully:

That’s it for this post! I’m really excited about what the future Windows 11 builds will look and what they will improve. We will know more about the future of Windows in Microsoft’s June 24 event at 11 AM Eastern Time.

Creating a Working Windows 11 Installation Disc

Creating a Working Windows 11 Installation Disc

Hi everyone,

In this post, we will see the steps to follow to make a working Windows 11 Installation Disc. The leaked ISO file currently only works if a machine has Secure Boot enabled and has a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 module.

It seems that these requirements are not really needed, at least in this build, but the installer will not let us move forward with the installation if a machine does not satisfies these requirements. This post will make you have a working installation disc. Note that these steps create a Windows 11 x64 installation disc, which will only work on x64 capable processors. With this in mind, let’s start.

First, you’ll need to have a Windows 10 installation ISO file. If you don’t have one, you can download and generate the ISO file yourself, by going to and downloading the generation script for the latest version of Windows 10:

Windows 11 Install Workaround 1

Windows will complain that the script “can harm your PC”. You can simply ignore this warning and store the file. You’ll need to run it in order to generate the ISO file. Now, this process will take some time, so go grab a Coffee, or take a walk, go to gym or find some other activity to do while the script creates the ISO for you.

In the end, you should have the ISO file generated in the same folder as the batch script:

Windows 11 Install Workaround 2

The next step will be to mount the image:

Windows 11 Install Workaround 3

This will create a virtual CD-ROM drive with the image mounted in it:

Windows 11 Install Workaround 4

Make note of the drive letter as you’ll need this later.

You’ll now need to use a tool called ImgBurn. You can grab it from

Windows 11 Install Workaround 5

You’re going to click on “Create image file from files/folder” or “Write files/folders to disc”, and go to the “Advanced” tab, followed by the “Bootable Disc” tab. Here, you’re going to mark the option to “Make Image Bootable”, select the mounted virtual CD-ROM drive, and click the small save icon:

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Save it anywhere you’d like. Here I saved it in the location that has the Windows 11 ISO:

Windows 11 Install Workaround 7

ImgBurn will promt you if you would like to use this image as the boot image. Click “Yes”:

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This screen should now look like this:

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The next step is to click on the “Show Disc Layout Editor” button. If you don’t see it, click on the icon on the left below the text saying “Free Space”:

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Once the new dialog opens, drag and drop everything from the mounted image into the ImgBurn window:

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Now, we will need to either mount or extract the Windows 11 ISO. We are interested on a file called install.wim from it.

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This file is located inside the “sources” folder. So, in both ImgBurn and in the extracted/mounted Windows 11 image, go to that folder:

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You are now going to drag and drop it into ImgBurn. When asked what to do, click on “Replace”:

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This file will replace the Windows 10 install.wim file:

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Close the window. ImgBurn may ask you if you want to use the correct filesystem for a bootable disc. Click “Yes”:

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We are now ready to burn this on-the-fly image to a disc. If you selected to create an image, switch to drive mode by clicking on the little burning disc icon:

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Select the drive to use and initiate the burning process. Note that you’ll need a DVD+/-R DL disc, or a BD-R/RE disc as this image is a bit bigger than what would fit on a regular DVD disc:

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I used a BD-RE disc. If you use a rewritable disc, you may be required to erase it. Click “Yes” if prompted:

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Next we are asked about the name of the disc. I simply wrote “Windows 11” here. Click “Yes”:

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We will now confirm everything by clicking “Ok”:

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The disc burning will start. I recommend you also mark the “Verify” option. We don’t want to have a broken installation disc after all:

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Once the disc is burned, the verification stage will start. If you use a laptop drive, you may be prompted to close it and press “Ok”. Desktop drives do not have to do that, as the software will cycle the drive automatically. It will then load the disc and start the verification process:

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Once the verification process is complete, we will have a working bootable disc:

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In the next post, we will attempt to install Windows 11 with this new disc.

Attempting to install Windows 11

Attempting to install Windows 11

Hi everyone,

Today, Windows 11 build 21996 got leaked, and the Windows 10 subreddit is already full of Windows 11 posts and comments. Thanks to it, I managed to grab a copy of the .iso image.

Windows 11 build 21996 leaked ISO

I then proceeded to burn it to a Blu-Ray Rewritable disc since the image size is 4.54GB. This is bigger than the maximum size of 4.37GB that a Single Layer DVD+RW disc can hold, and there are no Double Layer DVD+RW discs as that never came to be officially available.

Once the disc was burned, I attempted to run the setup on an old Lenovo laptop, but unfortunately, I was prompted with a message saying the PC is not compatible with Windows 11. It seems the requirements are different than that for Windows 10, and is surprising, given that the laptop has the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version installed.

One thing that I noticed is that the Windows boot logo changed and is now 4 straight squares:

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It is also reflected in the first setup screen:

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This build seems to have been compiled on May 30th, 2021, as shown in the versions page:

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Unfortunately, after that we get a message saying that the laptop is not compatible:

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That’s alright. I then proceeded to try to upgrade the Windows 10 build, but I got the same message, and it didn’t explain the reason of why it cannot be upgraded:

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I then tried to upgrade my main media center PC, and in that PC, I got the reasons of why it cannot be upgraded. These requirements seem to be new, either to this particular build, or to Windows 11:

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This PC has an Intel i7-3610QM CPU and the motherboard does not have a Trusted Platform Module, so it’s clear I cannot install it there. I do have a laptop that satisfies these requirements, and tomorrow, I’ll attempt to upgrade it.

Are you excited about Windows 11?