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How Long Does Windows 11 Take to Install

How Long Does Windows 11 Take to Install

Windows 11 was released less than one year ago, and many Windows 10 users have not made the switch yet.

If you want to give it a try, you may be wondering how much time you need to invest in your day to upgrade or install to Windows 11.

Windows 11 installation time varies greatly depending on the device you’re using to install it.

For instance, installation time is different depending on whether you’re using a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Installation time also changes depending on the device’s hardware receiving Windows 11. SSDs are better and faster than HDDs, for example.

How Long Does It Take to Install Windows 11 using a USB or DVD

USB flash drives generally make installations quicker due to the DVD’s speed of 1352.54 KB/second (at x1 speed) against the theoretical maximum signaling rate of 480 megabits per second of USB flash drives using USB 2.0.

Windows 11 USB

Of course, reading and writing speed are just a couple of the factors for installation time. The RAM amount, CPU speed, and disk I/O speed also play a big part in the calculation. Here’s a list of average installation times based on the installation method.

Type Avg. Windows 11 Install Time
HHD + DVD 1.5 hours
HHD +  USB 45 minutes
SSD + DVD 45 minutes
SSD + USB 30 minutes

These estimates take into consideration installation time, reboots, and file preparation time.

How Long Does It Take To Install Windows 11 Using the ‘Reset This PC’ Feature

Reset This PC Windows 11

If you’re having problems with corrupted files, unstable drivers, or Windows 11 features, you may want to know how long it would take to use the Reset this PC feature to fix your issues.

Reset this PC Options

The feature doesn’t require a USB flash drive or a DVD and has the option to maintain your files, speeding up Windows 11 installation.

Type Avg. Reset Time
HHD 1 hours
SSD 30 minutes
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