How to bypass Windows 11 RPM, CPU and RAM requirements
Microsoft has strict hardware requirements that your PC must meet to install Windows 11, including support for TPM 2.0. This means that not only older computers, but also virtual machines, will decline to upgrade from Windows 10, telling you that “this PC does not currently meet the system requirements for Windows 11”.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to create a Windows 11 USB installation disc that will not only bypass Windows 11’s TPM requirement, but also its need for 8 GB of RAM and a supported processor. Using a free tool called Rufus and at least a 16GB flash drive, you can either perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 10 to 11 or a clean install of Windows 11 while bypassing these minimums. .
Note that Microsoft has also created an official registry hack to bypass TPM 2.0 and CPU requirements. However, this method still requires at least TPM 1.2, so if you don’t have any TPM, it’s worthless. We’ll cover that down below, in case you want to try it out.
How to bypass Windows 11 TPM requirement using Rufus
With Rufus, a free utility, you can create a Windows 11 installation disc on a USB drive with settings that disable TPM, RAM, and CPU requirements. You can either boot from this USB flash drive to perform a clean install of Windows 11, or run the configuration file from the drive from Windows 10 to perform an in-place upgrade.
For most people, this method is ideal, but it does come with a few drawbacks. First of all, it requires a USB drive of 16 GB or more. Second, because it’s on a flash drive, it’s more difficult to use to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine where an ISO file would be ideal.
1. Download the latest version of Rufus and install it on your machine. At the time of writing, the latest version is 3.17, which includes extended support for Windows 11 images.
2. Insert a blank USB drive of 16 GB or more then open Rufus.
3. Select the USB device on which you want to install Windows 11.
4. Make sure the boot selection displays “Disk or ISO Image” and click on DOWNLOAD.
5. Select Windows 11 and click Continue.
6. Select the latest version and click Continue.
7. Select edition and click Continue.
8. Select your preferred language and click Continue.
9. Select architecture (probably x64) and click on Download. A new window will open asking you where to save the ISO image. Save it to your Downloads folder. You can also download the image using a browser if you want.
The download will take several minutes.
ten. Click the Image drop-down option and select Extended installation of Windows 11 to disable TPM, Secure Boot and the required 8 GB of RAM.
11. Check that the correct drive has been selected and click start to start the installation.
The writing process may take a while, depending on the USB drive used, but once completed, the drive can be removed and used to install Windows 11 on an older computer or even in a virtual machine.
12. Install or upgrade to Windows 11. Run the setup on the USB stick, if you want to perform an in-place installation from an existing Windows 10 installation. Start the player if you are performing a clean install. Note that you may need to disable Secure Boot in your BIOS (see How to enter your BIOS) if this is a problem for you.
How to bypass Windows 11 TPM the official Microsoft way
Knowing that some users will want to install Windows 11 on systems that don’t meet all of its hardware requirements, Microsoft has provided a registry hack that loosens them up somewhat. Using this hack, you can install on a system that has at least TPM 1.2 and an unsupported processor. That said, we recommend the scripts above because they don’t require any TPM.
1. Open Regedit.
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM Setup MoSetup.
3. Create a DWORD (32-bit) value called AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU if it does not already exist.
4. Set AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU to 1.
5. Close regedit and restart your pc. You should now be able to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 using the installation media (provided you created it).
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