reinstall win 11

robert dalley 0 Reputation points

currently win 11 education insiders preview build 26040 rs prerealse 240122-1157 is the computer is check to stop receiving builds i have signed out of windows insider is there a way to reinstall win 11 from usb installation with out losing all data files programs and apps

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  1. Hruthik B 80 Reputation points

    Hi Robert,

    I'm Hruthik, a student from Microsoft. Re-installing Windows 11 from USB without losing data is quite inevitable. USB installation is designed to Install in such a way that it moves your old data to a folder called "windows.old" or deletes them. Depending upon the option you choose when it prompts.

    But there is a way to reinstall Windows 11 while having all the data files and programs.

    Open your Windows Settings and Open Windows Update tab.User's image

    Click on Advanced OptionsUser's image

    Click on RecoveryUser's image

    Click on Reinstall nowUser's image

    As you can see, it is mentioned that your apps, files, and settings will be preserved.

    Then follow the instructions of the Windows and go through the steps to reinstall it successfully.

    If you have any queries, feel free to ask.

    Thank You,


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  2. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 32,326 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for your post. Based on my research, using a bootable USB or DVD is for performing  a clean install. Refer steps: Download Windows 11 (

    If you would like to keep files and settings for the upgrade, you can download and run the PC Health Check app. Or, after the upgrade rollout begins, you can check if it's available for your device by going to Settings   > Update & Security  > Check for updates.

    Reference: Windows 11 Specs and System Requirements | Microsoft

    Best Regards,

    Ian Xue

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