When Microsoft announced Windows 11 back in June, one of the most controversial issues that made the news was the requirement for installing this new OS. The most controversial requirement for installing Windows 11 was having the TPM 2.0 security chip, which is only present in 8th gen or newer intel CPUs. For AMD, this chip is in the Ryzen 2500 or newer.
The TPM 2.0 requirement meant even some of the most capable machines made by Microsoft, such as the Surface Studio 3 Pro, could not support the new Windows 11. However, Microsoft expanded its list of supported chips to include more capable devices. There is also an official walkaround that bypasses the TPM 2.0 chip verification before installing Windows 11.
However, Microsoft warned that some devices that do not have the TPM 2.0 chip might not get security updates. This may not be a big issue for some people because all they wanted was to install Windows 11 and get the new features that Microsoft added in this new Operation System. After all, installing a reliable antivirus is good enough to get decent security for more users.
Some of these new features in Windows 11 include; the redesigned start menu, introduction of usable widgets, integration of Xbox gaming capabilities, integrated Microsoft Teams, natively running Android apps, and many more. If you want to install Windows 11 on a device without the TPM 2.0 chip, I will share with you how you go about it.
Upgrading to Windows 11 on a PC without the TPM 2.0 chip
Microsoft released an official walkaround to bypass Windows 11’s TPM 2.0 requirement. This workaround is for those who want to upgrade to Windows 11 within windows 10. It won’t work if you plan to do a clean Windows 11 install via USB. Here is the walk around;
- Press Windows+R, and type regedit to launch the Registry Editor
- While in the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup from the top bar
- Right-click the main panel and select the “create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value” option.
- You will be prompted to type in the new name; Call it AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU and set its value to 1.
That’s all you have to do to make your older PC eligible to get the new Windows 11 upgrade.
If you want to do a clean install from the USB, you will have to create the bootable USB using Rufus, which gives you the option to disable TPM, RAM, and CPU requirements while installing Windows11. You will need to run the latest version of Rufus because the older versions do not have this option. Here is the link to download the latest version of Rufus.
After creating the bootable USB, the rest of the installation procedures are similar to those used to install Windows 10 and the other older versions.