Windows 11 not only brought a fresh design and new functions. It also brings higher minimum requirements with itself, especially when compared to its predecessor, Windows 10. One of the most controversial is the need for a TPM 2.0 chip, which older computers don’t have. Although this limitation comes from Microsoft, the company itself has provided a safeguard to install its new operating system even without this component. This is a complete guide showing you the necessary steps to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0.
What is TPM 2.0 and what is it for?
TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module. It is a hardware device that contains various protection mechanisms to increase security on the computer. It is responsible for tasks related to the encryption of important data, e.g. B. for the biometric information of the user to unlock the operating system. That TPM 2.0 is a chip included in all devices released since 2016.
Before that there was another version, TPM 1.2, which most computers before this date contain. Unfortunately, Windows 11 can officially only be installed on computers that have the current version 2.0 installed. However, to everyone’s surprise, Microsoft has explained a trick to bypass this limitation. Read on to find out.
All minimum requirements for Windows 11
Before we get to the point, you should know that you Windows 11 can only be installed without TPM 2.0if you meet the other minimum requirements set by Microsoft. These are as follows:
- processor. Clock frequency of 1 GHz or higher. CPU with two or more with 64-bit architecture.
- RAM. 4GB or more.
- permanent storage. At least 64GB is required. More disk space may be required to download updates and enable certain features.
- graphic card. You must support DirectX 12 or higher and have a WDDM 2.0 driver.
- System-Firmware. UEFI with Secure Boot.
- Monitor. 720p resolution or higher. 9 inch monitor or larger with 8 bits per color channel.
- internet connection. Required for Windows 11 Home Edition
Also, your computer must at least over TPM 1.2 feature. Therefore, this method is not supported on computers without a TPM chip.
How to bypass TPM 2.0 restriction to install Windows 11
In order to complete this process, you must Download the Windows 11 ISO. You can do that from the official Microsoft website or from the link on this page. We assume, of course, that your computer is running Windows 10.
Once you’ve downloaded the Windows 11 image, open the Registry-Editor. You can only do this if you have administrator rights. To access this tool, simply press the Windows + R key combination and invoke this command in the Run dialog:
administrator. Accessing this tool is as simple as pressing Windows + R and, in the Run dialog, launching this command:
Start the registry editor
Then use the file explorer on the left side of the screen to go to the following path:
If this key has not already been created, right-click Setupopen the menu New and click Key. Name the key in MoSetup a.
The MoSetup key in the registry editor
Create a new value inside this key. It’s as simple as right-clicking on an empty area and hovering over the context menu New to put. Then select the option DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Add a new 32-bit value
The new value you created should be named like this:
Double click AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPUto open the parameter window. Then type in the data field for the value Value data enter the value 1. Click to confirm OK.
close the registry editor and go to the directory where you downloaded the Windows 11 ISO. A double click displays the content.
Open the downloaded Windows 11 ISO file on your computer
In the picture you can see an executable file called Setup.exe. Double click on it to start it.
Run the Windows 11 installation
The wizard will appear on the screen. Follow the steps suggested there to install Windows 11.
Complete the installation wizard steps
If you’ve followed all the steps outlined here, the Windows 11 installer will allow you to update your computer even if it doesn’t have a TPM 2.0 (it must have a TPM 1.2, remember).