Prep Work for the Clean Install of Windows 11 (Win11 Pro for me) has been fun ‘n rewarding. The MS Windows OSes keep getting better ‘n better, and this Windows 11 is beyond just Excellent! I’ve done 3-4 test installs already – wid internet & without internet. On M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD drives ‘n 2 tests on SATA SSD drives…well, maybe its been 6-7 tests already!? 😉 Tests fly by when you’re having fun!

Porteus 5.0 Cinnamon has been busy during these tests also. I now have Porteus on 3 USBs ‘n the main one during these tests is the one on a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive. That one is handy when bouncing back ‘n forth between 2 Test computers…mainly reformatting.

The SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB – M.2 NVMe Interface Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND Technology (MZ-V7S500B/AM) should arrive this Wednesday (17th), and the Clean Install should go quickly…as well as the final tweaking to get everything back to like it is on the SATA SSD now. If, for some reason, it is incompatible wid the ‘Apevia‘ main computer, then I’ll go wid the Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD that works great. However, I am hoping to use the Mushkin as a second drive since the Samsung is a much better drive. ASUS just hasn’t updated the Compatibility List for this MoBo ‘n will probably never update it. The Samsung is twice as big as I like for my OS drives, but this one was quite a bit faster than their 256 GB one…seems bigger is faster in the modern world. 😉

Clean Install Prep Work

Trying to restore the backup image of Win11 Pro, that was on a SATA SSD, to an M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD wasn’t working as well as I wanted…thusly, the Clean Install. However, I am able to boot up the original SATA SSD ‘n check often on how I have it set up, then reboot back into the Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD to add or tweak or test or fix something. Plus, I have the ‘Antec Jr.‘ test computer’s Win11 Pro to also refer to since it is close to how ‘Apevia‘ is set up.

That pic shows me how I have the Taskbar setup and also which apps I have Pinned in the Start window. If you have other special settings ‘n such then a pic of those might come in handy later.

That pic is of the apps ‘n files ‘n such I have already placed on a 32 GB USB. Some are quick setups so I won’t need to be doing a lot of downloading whilst I’m setting up the system. If you have a NVIDIA GPU, then get the GeForce_Experience_v3.25.1.27 app…just login ‘n it will spot your GPU, download the driver for you, and then install it.

If you have a Microsoft Account, then have the name or email addy ‘n password info handy. That above pic shows a “PWs” folder where I have other passwords, but during installation you may need your account info. I have separate MS Accounts for each of my computers…all Outlook.com email addies that are only used wid their own computer. If you install without an internet connection then you won’t need any Accounts or passwords…more on that in another part of this series.

Have your MoBo’s disk wid the Drivers ‘n Utilities ready. Windows 11 recognized that my ASUS board had some special gaming ‘n such utilities like Armoury Crate & AI Suite 3, and offered to install them w/o the disk, but I don’t use them anymore; however, the disk also has important drivers for the system. Any other disks wid special drivers? Double-check your MoBo’s document for any possible conflicts wid SATA & M.2 PCIE NVMe. Be ready! 😉

When you do the Clean Install, try to time it when your ISP service is reliable ‘n fast. I noticed that some installation tests I did Saturday ‘n Sunday missed some stuff and/or were different than when the connection was reliable ‘n fast. My internet has been horrid for the past couple of months, but lately has gotten very fast; however, after 5:00 PM to 8 or 9:30 PM it crawls lately. Weekends have been unreliable for me lately.

Oh, almost forgot! If your installation media is old (mine was almost a year old) then try to get a new one from – Download Windows 11. I downloaded the “Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” as a spare that I store, and then had them download ‘n “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” for me, on a fairly new Samsung 32 GB BAR Plus USB 3.1 USB. It is metal, but the shape seems weird ‘n uncomfortable, and it is also slippery when plugging in. I don’t use Win11 Pro bootable media much, so it is replacing an old old *OLD* 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade 2.0. I’ve recently purchased 2 SanDisk® Ultra Shift™ USB 3.0 drives to replace those horrid Samsung slippery weird shaped ‘Thingies. 😉

OK…I’ve probably forgotten something, but that is my Prep Work in brief to this point.

Will be posting this series on the Windows 11 page…

  • Just got an email saying the 16 GBs (2×8) of memory arrive today. \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/

Looks like doing a Clean Install of Windows 11_without internet is up next…

to be continued