If you’ve been looking for a physical edition of Windows 11 to use as a backup for those just-in-case scenarios, Microsoft has granted that wish.
Buying the retail version will give you a USB stick, where you can plug it into a PC with a previous version of Windows, and, as long as it passes the system requirements, will let you upgrade to Windows 11.
Nowadays, you can go to Microsoft’s site, or Apple’s Mac App Store, and download a version of Windows 11 or macOS if you needed to reset your device. But there are times when accessing the internet to do this is next to impossible.
Downloading a large file over public internet could be a challenge, especially if you’re far from home, which is where this could come in handy.
Analysis: No disks this time
There was a time when you had to install Windows through a bunch of floppy disks, with Windows 95 coming with 13 floppy disks. Choosing the wrong disk in the middle of the process could mean that you’d have to restart it all again.
However, when disks became the new standard for PCs, this was reduced to just one disk by the time Windows 98 arrived. As internet speeds became faster and more affordable, it was easier to download a disk image from Microsoft’s website, as it would be constantly updated to include recent updates.
But devices aren’t always certain to work in the way you intend them to, which is why purchasing a USB stick of Windows 11 is the next best thing.
With disk drives being all but phased out from PCs and laptops, having a bootable image on a USB stick can be a useful method to let you store it in a bag if you need to reinstall Windows while you’re away from home.
Via XDA Developers