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How to Make a Windows 11 Bootable USB on Mac

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Windows 11, the latest operating system from Microsoft comes with a new and updated design with a focus on consistency and optimization. There are many tools and features added to enhance the user experience. The updated user-interface elements and changes to the taskbar and Start Menu give added screen space for increased focus. There are a lot of personalization options that give users more control over their experience. Support for Android apps, window layout options, widgets, and multi-monitor functionality elevate the experience of using the Windows 11 operating system.

There are two options to install to the final version of Windows 11 on your Mac. Install Windows 11 on Mac with Boot Camp and Install Windows 11 on Mac with USB Bootable Installer. This tutorial is make a Windows 11 Bootable USB to help you install Windows 11 on Mac without Bootcamp.

After you have a Windows 11 USB Bootable for Mac, you need install Mac Drivers to this USB Bootable. This driver will help your Mac working with Mouse and Keyboard when install Windows 11 on Mac.
How to Install Mac Drivers on Windows Bootable USB

Download Windows 11 ISO

You can use a Windows 11 ISO image to install Windows 11. There are a few ways to download the ISO file. The easiest way to download Windows 11 ISO is from the official Microsoft website.

Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to the Windows 11 ISO download page.
Step 2: Select Windows 11 in the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” drop-down menu.
Step 3: Click on Download
Step 4: Select the language and click on Confirm
Step 5: You can download the Windows 11 ISO file by clicking on the download button.

How to Make a Windows 11 Bootable USB

After downloading Windows 11, you’ll need to create a Windows bootable USB drive to install the new OS on your Mac. You need to format your bootable USB as a MBR partition before creating the Windows 11 Bootable USB.

Step 1. Format Bootable USB with Disk Utility

Connect the USB you are using to install Windows 11 to Mac and open Disk Utility. You need to format the USB as MBR with exFAT partition. Remember to backup your files and save them to another storage device before proceeding ahead.

Format USB Bootable in Disk Utility

Step 1: Open the Disk Utility app by navigating to Application > Utilities > Disk Utility
Step 2: Select View > Show All Devices
Step 3: Choose the USB storage you need to erase from the sidebar and click on the Erase button
Step 4: Click the Scheme pop-up menu and choose MBR (Master Boot Record)
Step 5: Click the Format pop-up menu and choose the exFAT file system format
Step 6: Enter a name for the USB drive ("WIN11").
Step 7: Click Erase to erase the USB and click on Done

Step 2. Mount Windows 11 ISO

ISO images are a better option than using CDs and DVDs to install software. It is a more efficient way for users to install operating systems and saves manufacturing and shipping costs of discs for technology companies. To mount Windows 11 ISO on Mac, simply double-click on the Windows11.iso file you downloaded.

Mount Windows 11 ISO Image on macOS Monterey

Step 3: Make a Windows 11 Bootable USB Installer on Mac with Terminal

You can also use Terminal in Mac to create a Windows 11 bootable USB. You can create a Windows USB Installer by following the steps below:

Step 1: Insert the USB drive into your Mac. Press Command and Space bar to open macOS Spotlight, type “Terminal” and press the return key.

Step 2: Copy everything using the command below:

rsync -vha /Volumes/CCCOMA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9/* /Volumes/WIN11

Create Windows 11 USB Installer on Mac

Once the process is completed, you can eject your USB from Mac. You now have a Windows 11 bootable USB drive. You can insert it into a Mac to boot directly from the USB and install Windows 11.

You need enable "Allow booting from external media" in recovery mode to use Windows 11 USB Bootable on Mac. To enter Recovery mode, turn on your Mac and hold Commands and R button. Click on "Utilities" > "Startup Security Utility". Then click on "Allow booting from External media".

Allow booting from External Media

The installation process will take a few more minutes. Allow some time for the process to complete. Once the installation is completed, the computer will boot and you will have a final version of Windows 11 on Mac with all the latest features and design upgrades from Microsoft. While you can get regular updates with the beta version of Windows 11, there will be unresolved bugs that can interfere with your experience as a user. By upgrading to a final version, you can enjoy all the features of Windows 11 without any glitches or inconvenience.

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