In this article, we will learn how to Dual-Boot Windows 11 and Windows 10 on the same computer. This article is for everyone who currently has Windows 10 as their default operating system.
You can run Windows 11 and Windows 10 on the same computer. This is called “dual-booting.” You can use these operating systems at the same time. It is possible to switch back and forth between them.
Dual-booting a computer lets you store important files in both operating systems for redundancy. Dual-booting also allows you to install any software not available for both versions of the OS, like an old game from your childhood or an outdated version of Adobe Flash Player.
If one operating system crashes, you can load the other one without losing data or needing to start all over again with a fresh install.
Dual-Booting Pros and Cons- If You Do It Right, You’ll Have the Best of Two Worlds
If you think about it, dual-booting is just like multi-tasking. With the help of this feature, you can have the best of both worlds.
Pros: Dual-booting is a great way to solve resource conflict. For example, if your computer runs on Windows and Mac OS, you can use both systems simultaneously.
Cons: Some software programs are compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, and not every program is dual-bootable.
How to Dual-Boot Windows 11 and Windows 10 on the Same Computer (3 Steps)
1. Create an installation USB drive for Windows 11
The first step is to create an installation USB drive for Windows 11. This can be easily achieved by using a free tool- Rufus.
Here is a detailed guide on How to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive using Rufus. You will be needing a Windows 11 ISO file that you can download here.
2. Creating a partition to dual-boot Windows 11 and 10
The next step is to create a separate partition for installing your new Windows 11.
A partition is a section of the storage space for a computer, device, or operating system that can be accessed independently from the other parts. A partition can be used to install an operating system on a hard disk without overwriting another and without disturbing its data. As per our case, we will need two partitions for Windows 10 and 11.
Computer users often rely on partitions to store their files because they create more space than just one file for all their data. It also makes it easy to delete or change data because it’s in separate pieces rather than one large piece.
- Click on Start and type Disk Management in the search bar.
The process of the creation of a new partition can be achieved by shrinking an already existing drive.
- Right-click on any drive that you want to shrink and Click Shrink Volume.
- Specify the amount of disk space that will be allotted to the new partition. The minimum requirements for disk space for the installtion of Windows 11 is 64GB. So, you can specify the disk size accordingly. Here is my example, I am keeping it 100GB.
3. Complete your Windows 11 installation as dual-boot
The next step is to re-boot your system in Advanced Recovery mode. (You can also see this guide- How to Access Advanced Startup Options on Windows 11) This can be achieved in several ways-
NOTE: Insert your Windows 11 installation USB drive that you created in step-1 in your USB port.
- Restart your system by holding the Shift button on your keyboard.
- Go to Settings > Update and Security > Recovery > Advanced Setup > Restart Now
Once your system restarts, you will see a set of booting options. You need to select the USB drive that you created in step-1.
Now you need to follow the simple steps to proceed with the installation of Windows 11. Here is a detailed guide that will help you with the process-
How to Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 11 Using a USB drive. The steps are straightforward-
- Select Language, Time zone and Keyboard settings
- Click “Install Now”
- Select “I don’t have a product key” option
- Select the version of Windows you want to install.
- Select the installation type “Custom: Windows Installation Only (for Advanced Users).”
- Select the “Unallocated Space” and click New and Apply.
- Proceed with the installation.
Once the installation is complete. You will see two options at your boot menu- Windows 10 and Windows 11. You can choose any of the operating systems now.
Congratulations! Now you can Dual-Boot Windows 11 and Windows 10 on the same computer.
How to remove Windows 11 without removing Windows 10 partition
Currently, Windows 11 is not a stable operating system. So, you might face several issues working with Windows 11. Some of the Windows 11 issues I faced have been mentioned here.
Step 1: Open Start Menu and search Disk Management. Right-click on the Windows 11 Partition and click Delete Volume.
Step 2: Open Start Menu and type “msconfig” and press enter. Switch to Boot tab.
Highlight Windows 11 and click on the Delete button.
You can follow the same process if you want to keep Windows 11 and delete Windows 10.
Now the last step would be to activate Windows 11, here is the guide you can use- How to Activate Windows 11 for Free: 3 Methods
Conclusion: How to Dual-Boot Windows 11 and Windows 10 on the Same Computer
I hope you were able to Dual-Boot Windows 11 and Windows 10. As discussed earlier, Windows 11 is currently not a stable version of Windows. But, you can use this method to test out the new features of Windows 11. You can also stay tuned to the cumulative updates on Windows 11 here. We will be updating the latest Windows 11 ISO files here.
If your system doesn’t fulfill all the Windows 11 requirements, you can use this method- How to: Create a Windows 11 ISO Image that Bypasses Restrictions in the Form of TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, and UEFI. With this ISO file, you will be able to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC as well.