How to do an In-place Upgrade to Repair Windows 11

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This article describes steps to repair Windows 11 by performing an In-place upgrade without losing your data, apps, and documents.

If your Windows 11 PC has an issue that you cannot resolve quickly, there are multiple ways one can go about fixing it. One can do a PC reset without losing data and others can simply perform an In-place upgrade to repair Windows while keeping data intact.

To do an In-place upgrade to repair Windows, you’ll need a Windows installation media with the same edition and same version, the same language, and the same or higher build number than the one currently installed on the machine you want to fix.

You will also need at least 20 GB of free space on the Windows drive to perform an in-place upgrade to repair your machine.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

How to repair Windows 11 by performing an In-place upgrade

As mentioned above, there are multiple ways one can resolve issues in Windows 11. One can do a PC reset without losing data and others can simply perform an In-place upgrade and keep data intact.

Another way is to perform an in-place upgrade to repair Windows without losing one’s data, apps and documents.

Before you start, make sure the following conditions are met:

With all the above conditions met, begin the in-place upgrade.

Mount the downloaded Windows 11 ISO image file.

windows 11 mount iso image to perform in place upgrade
windows 11 mount iso image to perform an in-place upgrade

Open the ISO mount, and run the setup.exe file to start Windows 11 Setup. On the UAC prompt window, click on Yes.

On the Windows 11 Setup window, under Install Windows 11, click on the link that says “Change how Setup downloads updates” as highlighted below.

windows 11 setup file to install windows updated
windows 11 setup file to install windows update

On the next window, choose Not right now so you don’t get to download updates, drivers, and optional features.

Click Next.

windows 11 setup not right now to download updates and drivers
windows 11 setup is not right now to download updates and drivers

When you do that, Windows will begin preparing and checking your system to make sure it meets the requirements to upgrade.

windows 11 checking and preparing system for upgrade updated
windows 11 checking and preparing system for upgrade updated

You will also see Windows checking that you have enough space to upgrade.

windows 11 storage check for upgrade
windows 11 storage check for upgrade

On the Ready to install window, click on the link that says “Change what to keep” as highlighted below.

Next, click the Install button.

windows 11 in place upgrade what to keep link
windows 11 in place upgrade what to keep the link

On the next window, which says “Choose what to keep” select the option to Keep personal files and apps as highlighted below.

windows 11 in place upgrade keep personal file and apps
Windows 11 in place upgrade keep personal file and apps

On the Ready to install window, click the Install button to begin upgrading your system but keeping your files and apps.

windows 11 in place upgrade install
windows 11 in-place upgrade install

Windows will start to repair your machine and may restart several times during the process.

windows 11 repair process window
windows 11 repair process window

When the process is complete, you should be able to log back onto your computer and hopefully, all issues are resolved.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to repair Windows 11 by performing an in-place upgrade. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.