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Easily install Windows 11 on an officially unsupported computer using a modified installation USB drive.

Just a year ago, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11, the new version of its operating system. At the time, the new features in Windows 11 had something to seduce. Microsoft’s new operating system offered a completely redesigned interface and incorporated new tools designed to improve productivity. This new version of Windows was also unveiled as tailored to deliver a better experience players. Microsoft had also created a surprise by announcing the arrival of a more open Microsoft Store, and above all by offering native support for Android applications (which are still provided in the stable version of the OS).

Unfortunately, Microsoft had quickly drawn the ire of users. To install Windows 11, the Redmond company required minimal configuration, leaving a bunch of computers, however valiant, on the sidelines. Gradually, the hackers delved into the matter and managed to circumvent these restrictions to install Windows 11 on machines that do not meet the criteria set by Microsoft. The manipulation to get there, however, was not within the reach of the first comer.

Then other much simpler solutions began to emerge. The publisher of Rufus, a tool for creating USB operating system installation keys, has integrated them directly into its software. The utility is now capable of creating modified installation media that bypass Microsoft’s requirements for installing Windows 11

1. Download Rufu

Get started by downloading the excellent Rufus utility. This free and open source software is a reference for creating OS installation USB keys. The latest 3.19 update includes several options for creating Windows 11 installation media that bypass Microsoft’s prerequisites. Rufus allows you to install Windows 11 on machines that don’t have Secure Boot or a TPM 2.0 chip, all without a Microsoft account.

Download Rufus for Windows (Free)

Download Rufus Portable for Windows (Free)

2. Download the Windows ISO image

To create the installation media, you will need the Windows 11 installation image in .ISO format. It is this image that you will use in Rufus to create the Windows 11 installation USB key. Microsoft allows you to download the Windows 11 installation image from its website for free.

Download Windows 11 ISO (Free)

Once on the download page, locate the line Download the Windows 11 disk image (ISO)choose the Windows version from the drop-down menu, then click the button Download.

Windows 11 ISO
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Then select the language of the Windows 11 disk image to download and click To confirm.

Windows 11 ISO
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Microsoft should then generate a unique download link for French Windows 11. Click the button 64-bit download to download the file.

Windows 11 ISO
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3. Configure Rufus

Plug your USB stick into your computer and open Rufus. In principle, the utility automatically selects the newly inserted USB drive from the drop-down menu Peripheral.

Now click the button SELECTIONthen choose the Windows 11 ISO disk image you just downloaded to your PC.

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4. Create the USB key

Now click the button START. A warning pop-up should then appear showing several options.

Make sure the option Eliminates the need for Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 is properly checked. If your computer doesn’t have at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of disk space, check out the second option as well.

Finally, if you want to be able to install Windows 11 on your PC without having to log in with a Microsoft account, select the last option, Eliminate the need to use an online Microsoft account.

Rufu Windows 11
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Finally click on OK to start creating the Windows 11 installer device, then again OK in the warning pop-up indicating that all data contained in the USB key will be deleted.

When the process is complete, Rufus will indicate that the Windows 11 installation USB drive is ready. You will then only have to boot your computer to this boot device to install Windows 11 by bypassing Microsoft’s restrictions.

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