Microsoft officially released Windows 11 with TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot requirements. From what Microsoft said, PCs from 2016 onwards can support Windows 11, older PCs cannot support Windows 11. If you are one of those who want to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, the first step is to create a PC USB bootable not supported to install Windows 11.
The process of creating a bootable USB drive for any Windows OS is the same as for Windows 10 and Windows Server or any other type of Windows. The fact is that Microsoft’s TPM 2.0 requirement and Secure Boot, along with Gen 8, are really pushing users to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC. There is a little trick you can use to get around the CPU, TPM, and security card issues to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC. Let’s start without wasting time.
Create an unsupported PC bootable USB drive to install Windows 11
- 8 GB USB stick: it’s best if you buy a USB 3.1 which should have at least 8GB of storage.
- Rufus– This is a small open source application that you can use to create a bootable USB drive for multiple operating systems.
- Windows 11 ISO image: You obviously want to install Windows 11 on your unsupported PC, so the primary OS is required. You need to download the Windows 11 ISO image from Microsoft’s official website.
- Create a log for troubleshooting: To get around the Windows 11 requirements that arise, we need to create our own log file and we will use two alternate requirements during installation.
Step 1. I assume you have already prepared the necessary items to create a bootable USB for an unsupported PC. Connect the USB flash drive to your computer, then start Rufus, locate the Windows 11 ISO and make sure to boot the USB flash drive as a GPT partition.
Once you have finished configuring the Rufus settings, click Start and wait for the files to be copied to the USB drive. This is how you can easily create a Windows 11 bootable USB for a clean install.
2nd step. Now the USB flash drive boots with Windows 11, however, if you use it to install Windows 11 on your unsupported PC, you cannot install Windows 11. So this is where the registry comes in, open notepad in a computer and paste the following code into notepad.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMSetupLabConfig] "BypassTPMCheck"=dword:00000001 "BypassSecureBootCheck"=dword:00000001 "BypassRAMCheck"=dword:00000001
Then save the file as Bypass TPM2.0.reg e save it, then move the log file to the bootable USB flash drive.
If you are truly interested in installing Windows 11 on your unsupported PC, create a bootable USB, then create a log file to circumvent the requirement. When installing Windows 11, make sure the log file ignores This PC cannot install Windows 11.