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How to Bypass Windows 11's TPM, CPU and RAM Requirements

Bypass Windows 11 TPM
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Microsoft has some strict hardware requirements that your PC must meet to install Windows 11, including TPM 2.0 support. This means that not only older computers, but virtual machines will refuse to upgrade from Windows 10, giving you a message that "this PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements." 

Fortunately, there is a simple way you can create a Windows 11 USB install disk that will bypass not only Windows 11's TPM requirement, but also its need for 8GB of RAM and a supported CPU. Using a free tool called Rufus and at least a 16GB Flash drive, you can either perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 10 to 11 or a Windows 11 clean install while getting around these minimums. In the first section of our tutorial below, we'll show you how to use Rufus to create a requirement-free Windows 11 install disc.

If you already have Windows 11 installed on a PC that didn't meet the requirements (perhaps a VM), you try to update to a new build with Windows Update and you get the "doesn't meet requirements" error message, there's a workaround for that. As we'll detail in the second section below, a script from AveYo's Media Creation tool github page will allow you to bypass Windows 11's TPM requirement even with Windows Update. 

Note that Microsoft also 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 have no TPM at all, it's worthless. We'll talk about this at the bottom, in case you want to try it.

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How to Bypass Windows 11's TPM Requirement Using Rufus

With Rufus, a free utility, you can create a Windows 11 install disk on a USB Flash drive with settings that disable the TPM, RAM and CPU requirements. You can either boot off of this USB Flash drive to do a clean Windows 11 install or run the setup file off of the drive from within Windows 10 to do an in-place upgrade.

For most people, this method is ideal, but there are a couple of disadvantages. First, it requires a 16GB or larger USB Flash drive. Second, because it's on a Flash drive, it's more difficult to use for installing 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 the Extended Windows 11 Image support.

2. Insert a blank 16GB or larger USB stick then open Rufus.

3. Select the USB device that you want to install Windows 11 to.

Select USB drive

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4. Ensure that Boot Selection shows “Disk or ISO image” and click DOWNLOAD.

click Download

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5. Select Windows 11 and click Continue.

select windows 11

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6. Select the latest release and click Continue.

select latest release

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7. Select the edition and click Continue.

select edition

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8. Select your preferred language and click Continue.

select language

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9. Select the architecture (most likely x64) and click Download. A new window will open asking where to save the ISO image. Save it to your Downloads folder. You can also download the image using a browser if you wish.

Select architecture and click download

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The download will take several minutes to complete.

wait for download

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10. Click on the Image option drop down and select Extended Windows 11 Installation to disable TPM, Secure Boot and the 8GB of RAM requirement.

select extended windows 11 installation

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11. Double check that the correct drive has been selected and click on Start to begin the installation.

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The write process can take some time, depending on the USB drive being used, but when done 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 setup on the USB drive, if you ware doing an in-place install from an existing Windows 10 installation.  Boot off of the drive if you are doing a clean install. Note that you may need to disable secure boot in your BIOS (see how to enter your BIOS) if it gives you a problem.

Run setup.exe to upgrade or boot to do a clean install

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How to Bypass Windows 11 TPM Check From Windows Update

If you want to use Windows Update rather than creating an install disk, you'll need a method that runs in Windows and fools the updater into thinking you meet the  requirements.  This may be more important if you are trying to use Windows Update to upgrade to a new build of Windows 11, perhaps an Insider Build, on a computer that already bypassed the requirement. 

For example, when we joined the Windows Insider program on one of our Windows 11 VMs (which clearly did not have TPM), we got the dreaded "Your PC doesn't meet the requirements" error. But using AveYo's Media Creation Tool workaround script solved the problem. Here's how to make it happen.

1. Navigate to the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd source code on AveYo's Media Creation Tool Github.

2. Click the "Copy raw contents" button in the upper right corner of the code box.

Copy raw contents

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3. Create a new file on your desktop and name it skip_tpm_check.cmd. Make sure that you are able to view file extensions and the file extension is really .cmd, not .txt or else it won't run.

skip_tpm.cmd

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4. Open skip_tpm.cmd for editing, using notepad or another text editor.

5. Paste in the code you copied from github.

paste in code

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6. Save and run the skip_tpm.cmd file.

7. Click Yes if prompted by User Account Control. 

Click Yes

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You will now see a message saying "Skip TPM on Dynamic Update" has been installed. If you run the program again, it will disable the utility. 

Skip TPM installed

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Windows Update should now be able to either update your existing Windows 11 Build or even perhaps upgrade you from Windows 10 to 11.

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 has an unsupported CPU. That said, we recommend the scripts above because they don't require you to have TPM of any kind.

1. Open Regedit

open regedit

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2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup.

navigate to mosetup

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3. Create a DWORD (32-bit) Value called AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU if it doesn't already exist.

4. Set AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU to 1.

set to 1

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5. Close regedit and restart your PC. You should now be able to upgrade to Windows 11 from within Windows 10 by using installation media (provided you created it).

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Avram Piltch is Tom's Hardware's editor-in-chief. When he's not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you'll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.
  • Johnpombrio
    Eleven Forums is a great site for all things Windows 11. Us Windows 11 DEV insider program testers have found recently that a lot of the previous computer builds and workarounds that worked with Win 11 have now been getting cut off by MS. Before using any workarounds, I would wait to see if they continue to work after the official release in a few days of Windows 11 rather than having to roll back to Win10. I have yet to see any must-have features from Win11 to make me recommend a quick upgrade to win11 so it is best to wait for now to see how things pan out. Perhaps in a few months, MS will relax its present requirements or there will be something like Storage Sense that really makes the Win 11 upgrade worthwhile. For now tho, just let the upgrade go by if you are not automatically eligible for the upgrade or are unsure about making the jump. There is no rush.
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  • USAFRet
    Johnpombrio said:
    I would wait to see if they continue to work after the official release in a few days of Windows 11.
    Exactly that.

    Beta/Dev builds are one thing, what happens in actual release may be something quite different.
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  • dutty handz
    TPM isn't an issue. Why the media got hooked on that requirement, I don't know. TPM 2.0 is in essentially all CPUs from 2015 onwards. The issue here is the requirement for Secure Boot being enabled (which most current custom PC builds out there aren't, and businesses) and the ridiculous arbitrary ruling on CPUs whether an 8th Gen Intel Core or 2nd gen Ryzen. Even a 1950x Threadripper isn't cutting it even though its stronger than an i9-10920X.
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  • USAFRet
    dutty handz said:
    TPM isn't an issue. Why the media got hooked on that requirement, I don't know. TPM 2.0 is in essentially all CPUs from 2015 onwards. The issue here is the requirement for Secure Boot being enabled (which most current custom PC builds out there aren't, and businesses) and the ridiculous arbitrary ruling on CPUs whether an 8th Gen Intel Core or 2nd gen Ryzen. Even a 1950x Threadripper isn't cutting it even though its stronger than an i9-10920X.
    "the media" got hooked on that to promote clicks, pointing at the evul Microsoft invalidating 7 year old systems.

    The current Win 10 is viable until at least Oct 2025.
    But any system that is currently not Win 11 viable, will be quite old in age and performance, by the time Win 10 falls off any support.

    The ONLY people this impacts are those with older systems (like mine) and GHIN Syndrome (not me).
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  • NP
    Yeah, I really don't understand what are the advantages and disadvantages of TPM2.0. I don't think there has been much about that. All the articles only discuss how to make it work (click a button in bios, wow), how to go around TPM requirement (like this article), who will have problems (practically no one).

    What I am missing is an article that says who should and who shouldn't care about TPM2.0, abd why. I'm willing to bet that this article would be quite interesting but not very useful, because it would just indicate that 99% of individual end-users have no reason to ever think about TPM2.0.
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  • USAFRet
    NP said:
    Yeah, I really don't understand what are the advantages and disadvantages of TPM2.0. I don't think there has been much about that. All the articles only discuss how to make it work (click a button in bios, wow), how to go around TPM requirement (like this article), who will have problems (practically no one).

    What I am missing is an article that says who should and who shouldn't care about TPM2.0, abd why. I'm willing to bet that this article would be quite interesting but not very useful, because it would just indicate that 99% of individual end-users have no reason to ever think about TPM2.0.
    Any system built and sold in the last 4 years or so is already TPM capable.
    Either hardware or firmware.

    Users need to do nothing.
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  • gdmaclew
    Is it true that you can't activate Secure Boot (the other Windows requirement) on the fly, that it must be enabled before you install Windows 10 (or Windows 11)?
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  • LolaGT
    Probably because there are literally millions and millions of systems running on ivy/sandy bridge which is one of the most popular platforms ever and those systems are more than capable of running the current hardware/software/AAA games available, but arbitrary requirements(TPM/CPU) are attempting to cut them out of the picture.
    "just go buy a new PC" is not a very well received option.


    Why the media got hooked on that requirement, I don't know. TPM 2.0 is in essentially all CPUs from 2015 onwards.
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  • USAFRet
    LolaGT said:
    Probably because there are literally millions and millions of systems running on ivy/sandy bridge which is one of the most popular platforms ever and those systems are more than capable of running the current hardware/software/AAA games available, but an arbitrary requirement is attempting to cut them out of the picture.
    "just go buy a new PC" is not a very well received option.
    And those system will be almost a decade old when their current OS, Win 10, falls off support in 2025.

    "just go buy a new PC" does not mean "just go buy a new PC TODAY" .
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    First generation Ryzen processors are not Windows 11 compatible, and they are not slouches in the performance segment, and even in 2025 likely will not hold back high resolution gaming anymore than Haswell does today and it's 8 years old. Granted most people by then will have likely upgraded to at least a Ryzen 3000 series, but to force a hardware upgrade just so DRM can go on TPM identifiers vs serial numbers or some other arbitrary reason is BS.
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