In letter : Windows 11 comes with fairly stringent system requirements, including a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 presence on your PC. However, there is an easy way around these requirements, and it only takes a few minutes to do it yourself.
Microsoft has done a terrible job communicating the Windows 11 system requirements and the exact reasons behind them. Since the unveiling of the new operating system in June, it has only confused everyone by tweaking these details on the fly. Much of this confusion stems from the company’s insistence that PCs running Windows 11 must support something called Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, a security feature never seen outside of enterprise environments. business.
In short, Microsoft wanted to launch Windows 11 with an additional layer of security enabled by default, and TPM 2.0 was at the heart of this strategy because the advanced security features of the new operating system depend on it. If you’re looking for a detailed explanation of what TPM is and why Windows 11 requires it, check out our explainer.
The bad news is that Microsoft is okay with dividing the Windows user base with this requirement, even though Windows 11 brings significant quality of life improvements over Windows 10. The good news is if you want to run Windows 11, you can easily bypass it in several ways. Before we explain how to do this, be aware that although Microsoft allows it, you will not have the same level of support and will not be entitled to receive feature or security updates.
Perhaps ironically, Microsoft itself has provided a way around the TPM 2.0 requirement as part of the official Windows 11 documentation. That said, this method still requires your system to be TPM 1.2 compliant. As a general rule of thumb, if your PC has an AMD Ryzen 1000 series processor or newer, or a 7th gen Intel Kaby Lake processor or newer, you should support TPM 1.2 or even TPM 2.0.
Checking for TPM 1.2 support is as easy as opening Device Manager and expanding the “Security devices” section. Alternatively, you can press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Type “tpm.msc” and press OK to open the TPM Management snap-in, which should immediately tell you if you have a compatible TPM.
If you don’t see any mention of “Trusted Security Platform Module”, check your UEFI settings (usually found in the Advanced tab) and enable a feature called “PTT” for Intel systems and “PSP fTPM” for AMD systems. This setting will be needed on most consumer PCs, where OEMs typically do not enable this feature at the factory.
After adjusting the setting, you need to add a registry key manually. To do this, search for “Registry Editor” in Start and launch it. In the address box, type “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM Setup MoSetup” and press Enter. Add a DWORD value, name it “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” and set it to 1. Then create a bootable USB stick or DVD with the Media Creation Tool, run setup and perform an in-place upgrade on your system .
If you want to do a clean install and use an even older processor, you can also perform an unofficial bypass of TPM and processor checks during the Windows installation process. As you go through the required steps, you will quickly come across a message that says, “This PC cannot run Windows 11”. You’re going to prove the message box to be fake by going up one step and then pressing Shift + F10 on the keyboard to open a Command Prompt window. Type “regedit” and hit enter. Just like with the method above, this will open the Registry Editor. Type “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM Setup” in the address bar and press Enter. Right click on Configuration and add a new key called “LabConfig”.
In the LabConfig key, add a DOWRD value called “BypassTPMCheck” and set it to 1. Then add another one called “BypassCPUCheck” and also set it to 1. Repeat the same process with “BypassSecureBootCheck”. A word of warning, however, you might be tempted to try “BypassRAMCheck” or “BypassStorageCheck”, but it’s not worth it. If you don’t meet the minimum storage or RAM requirements, it’s best to stick with Windows 10 for now.
That’s all it takes to bypass the TPM and CPU requirements and install Windows 11. Below are shortcuts to Windows 11 downloads, reviews, and some fixes for any annoyances you might find in the new operating system:
- Microsoft shares Windows 11 TPM check bypass for unsupported PCs
- Microsoft finally clarifies Windows 11 TPM requirements
- Windows 11 TPM requirements – Microsoft finally clears up the confusion
- Does Windows 11 require TPM 2.0? We have good news and bad news
- Microsoft confirms: Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 on all machines … even virtual ones