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Hi everyone, I've decided to take the plunge and install 11 just to see if I can adjust to the changes that have stopped me from upgrading. I know I can also install Explorer Patch (I think that's what it's called), which would take away one of my biggest reasons for not upgrading.

Anyway, there's a chance I might not like 11, and will want to roll back to 10.

What's the best path to take just in case I need to roll back?
 
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HI everyone, I've decided to take the plunge and install 11 just to see if I can adjust to the changes that have stopped me from upgrading. I know I can also install Explorer Patch (I think that's what it's called), which would take away one my biggest reasons for not upgrading.

Anyway, there's a chance I might not like 11, and will want to roll back to 10.

What's the best path to take just in case I need to roll back?
Test in a virtual machine
 

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    Windows 11
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    Self Built
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    Ryzen 5 3600
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    ASUS Prime X570-P
    Memory
    32gb DDR4 - 3200Mhz
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    EVGA 2060 Super KO 6GB PCIE 3.0
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Test in a virtual machine
I would need to install a VM client since I'm on the Home version of 10.

Is it a bad idea to simply roll back from 11 via system restore?
 

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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 21H2 build 22000.613
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    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
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    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
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    HP 883C
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    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
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Hi everyone, I've decided to take the plunge and install 11 just to see if I can adjust to the changes that have stopped me from upgrading. I know I can also install Explorer Patch (I think that's what it's called), which would take away one of my biggest reasons for not upgrading.

Anyway, there's a chance I might not like 11, and will want to roll back to 10.

What's the best path to take just in case I need to roll back?


Make a full OS image backup of Windows 10... THEN update or upgrade to Windows 11.


 

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    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
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    Dell U3011 30"
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    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
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    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
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    100/100
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    Firefox (latest)
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    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
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    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
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    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
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    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
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    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
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    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
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    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
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    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
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    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
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    100/100
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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I would need to install a VM client since I'm on the Home version of 10.

Is it a bad idea to simply roll back from 11 via system restore?
Not really, you could image your current OS and then restore from that.
@Ghot got in there before me
 

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    Windows 11 Pro Beta, 11 Dev, W10 VHDX Triple Boot
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R6
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
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    32GB
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    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
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If/when you do try out Windows 11, here are some (non-3rd party tool), tweaks you may find useful...

 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    Onboard
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    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
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    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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Dual booting 10 and 11 is also a choice.

In my current (unsupported) machine, I dual boot 10 and 11.
 

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    Dell Vostro 270s
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    Core i3 2100 3.2Ghz
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    4gb DDR3-1333
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    HP Compaq LA2006x
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    Patriot Burst 240GB SATA III SSD
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    40MBit/s
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    Chrome, FFox and my homemade browser IE11-based
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    Clean installed even Windows 10

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Dual booting 10 and 11 is also a choice.

In my current (unsupported) machine, I dual boot 10 and 11.
Hadn't thought of that. Last time I dual booted for testing was 98se and XP. My HD is only 512GB on this computer, is that enough??
 

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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 21H2 build 22000.613
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    Laptop
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    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
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    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
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    HP 883C
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
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    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
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    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1")
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
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Hadn't thought of that. Last time I dual booted for testing was 98se and XP. My HD is only 512GB on this computer, is that enough??
My drive is 250GB and I dual boot 10 and 11, and my data is also stored in it.

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Also, I use VMs for legacy OSes (like Win95 or Win7)
 

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    Dell Vostro 270s
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    Core i3 2100 3.2Ghz
    Memory
    4gb DDR3-1333
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Compaq LA2006x
    Screen Resolution
    900p
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst 240GB SATA III SSD
    Internet Speed
    40MBit/s
    Browser
    Chrome, FFox and my homemade browser IE11-based
    Antivirus
    WD
    Other Info
    Second-hand PC,
    No TPM, having WDDM 1.2, unsupported CPU.
    Installed Windows 11 using the registry hack..
    Clean installed even Windows 10

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Is it a bad idea to simply roll back from 11 via system restore?
You would not be able to use system restore in this case. Instead there is a system rollback feature to return to Windows 10. It is 10 days, but the time can be extended up to 60 days if the user desires. https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-11-extend-rollback-period/

In my opinion, before upgrading a system, it is still prudent to make a full system backup as an insurance policy.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.675
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900
    Memory
    32 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
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    Logitech wireless
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
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    24 gb
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
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    MT
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    standard
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    HP Pavilion
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    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
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    Erica6
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    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
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    Realtek ALC671
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    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
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Thanks for all your feedback and suggestions. I'm going to go the system image route, and then install 11 right over my current 10.

Next question: I told Windows not to update to 11 back when it first came out. I see nothing in Windows Update to turn the offer back on. Is there a way to unhide the option, or do I need to go to the Microsoft website?
 

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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 21H2 build 22000.613
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    HP 883C
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1")
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
    (2) 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
    Mouse
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    Down: 35.53Mbps; Up: 26.19 Mbps
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Thanks for all your feedback and suggestions. I'm going to go the system image route, and then install 11 right over my current 10.

Next question: I told Windows not to update to 11 back when it first came out. I see nothing in Windows Update to turn the offer back on. Is there a way to unhide the option, or do I need to go to the Microsoft website?

I don't know.

There's no need to use Windows update. My preferred installation method would be to create an installation medium. (USB flash drive.) You can use it run a clean install (by booting from the flash drive) or an upgrade (from your current Win10 OS).

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media Tutorial
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 22000.652
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-12900K
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime Z690-A
    Memory
    16 GB Gskill F5-5600U3636C16G X2 (32GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell UP3218K
    Screen Resolution
    7680 X 4320
    Hard Drives
    WB Black SN850 1TB M.2 NVME SSD
    Seagate Iron Wolf 8TB
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Corsair 5000D AIrflow
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22000.652
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Tuf Gaming X570-Plus
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3800 (@ 3600)
    Graphics card(s)
    Zotac RTX 3080
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent 1 TB PCI-E 4.0 X4 NVME M.2
    4 GB Seagate Ironwolf
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 850 G6
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    Phanteks ENTHOO Pro M
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    iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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I don't know.

There's no need to use Windows update. My preferred installation method would be to create an installation medium. (USB flash drive.) You can use it run a clean install (by booting from the flash drive) or an upgrade (from your current Win10 OS).

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media Tutorial
Will a MicroSD card work just as well? I have a 64GB card so there's more than enough space.
 

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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 21H2 build 22000.613
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    HP 883C
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1")
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
    (2) 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
    Mouse
    Dell Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Down: 35.53Mbps; Up: 26.19 Mbps
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then install 11 right over my current 10.
That is not an install, but an upgrade which is done either through WIndows update or running the setup.exe from within an iso. With a clean install, you boot from the iso, remove all partitions, and windows is installed in unallocated disk space.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.675
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900
    Memory
    32 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    Defender+MWB Premium

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That is not an install, but an upgrade which is done either through WIndows update or running the setup.exe from within an iso. With a clean install, you boot from the iso, remove all partitions, and windows is installed in unallocated disk space.
Whenever something that's not on my computer gets put on my computer, I say it's being installed. Even if it's an upgrade, it's still being installed. I am upgrading to 11 by installing its files.
 

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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 21H2 build 22000.613
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    HP 883C
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1")
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
    (2) 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
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Will a MicroSD card work just as well? I have a 64GB card so there's more than enough space.

It would work for an upgrade. Actually, you wouldn't need any separate media to do an upgrade. You could just download a Windows 11 .iso to an internal drive, mount it as a virtual DVD, and run the upgrade from that. (That capability is built in to File Explorer in Windows 10.)

Sa for doing a clean install, that would require you to be able to boot form the SD card. I've never done that. My PCs all lack built-in SD card readers. I wouldn't be surprised if it was possible to boot from a USB external reader, but I have never tried that.

I think of 8GB or larger USB flash drives as jelly beans: negligible cost, wide availability. That's in the USA. Things may be different elsewhere.
 

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    Intel I9-12900K
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    Asus Prime Z690-A
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    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
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    Internet Speed
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    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Tuf Gaming X570-Plus
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3800 (@ 3600)
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    Sabrent 1 TB PCI-E 4.0 X4 NVME M.2
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It would work for an upgrade. Actually, you wouldn't need any separate media to do an upgrade. You could just download a Windows 11 .iso to an internal drive, mount it as a virtual DVD, and run the upgrade from that. (That capability is built in to File Explorer in Windows 10.)

Sa for doing a clean install, that would require you to be able to boot form the SD card. I've never done that. My PCs all lack built-in SD card readers. I wouldn't be surprised if it was possible to boot from a USB external reader, but I have never tried that.

I think of 8GB or larger USB flash drives as jelly beans: negligible cost, wide availability. That's in the USA. Things may be different elsewhere.
Most pcs will not boot from an SD card. However, you CAN normally boot from a cheap usb SD card reader but these tend to be slow. USB drivers are dirt cheap in US, EU, OZ etc. Certainly Canada (unless you buy the special one designed to work at -40 LOL)
 

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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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...Certainly Canada (unless you buy the special one designed to work at -40 LOL)
hahaha! Fortunately I'm not that far North. lol
 

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    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
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    HP 883C
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1")
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    1920x1080
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    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
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    Intel Core i9 9900X
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    Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II
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    GSkill Trident Z RGB 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR)
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    Supreme FX
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    Asus PG279Q
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    2560 x 1440 165Hz
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    Skylake Special Z170
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    Intel Core i7 6700K
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    Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
    Memory
    GSkill Trident Z RGB 16GB 3600 16-16-16-36 (F4-3600C16D-16GTZR)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC x2, EVGA Pro HB SLI Bridge
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC G2460PG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 144Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 870 Evo 500GB, Seagate Barracuda 4TB x2
    PSU
    EVGA 1000 P2, EVGA White Custom Braided Cables
    Case
    Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i v2, Corsair ML120 x2, Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
    Mouse
    Logitech G500s
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    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum
    Internet Speed
    Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway 75/75
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    Edge
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