Install Windows 11 without TPM and Secure Boot! Yes, you heard it right. You can now install Windows 11 on your old PC or laptop without having the requirement of TPM and Secure Boot. When the leaked developer version was available on the internet, we saw that Microsoft has raised the minimum Windows 11 system requirements with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and Secure Boot mandatory. The case is not different even after the release of the official preview build.
If you tried to install Windows 11 with the normal procedure, you might have faced ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11 error‘ like this:
This error is even faced by several people having high-end PCs. Anyways, in this article, we’ll show you the Windows 11 TPM fix and how we installed Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot on one of our old laptops. You can also follow this method on your computer if you don’t have the TPM version 2.0 or the TPM chip at all.
We have a couple of Windows 11 TPM workarounds to bypass the security requirements and install the OS on your device without any errors. So here we go.
Before we deep dive into the process, we’ll give you a quick overview of what we are gonna do to bypass TPM and secure boot on Windows 11 to install it even on your old PC.
How to Get Windows 11 without TPM 2.0
- Download Windows 11 Insider preview beta version.
- Restart your PC and try to install it normally.
- If you are installing Windows 11 on an old or incompatible PC, you will get the message stating “This PC can’t run Windows 11”.
- Press the Shift + F10 key to launch the CMD window.
- Type “regedit” and hit Enter.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup.
- Right-click on the Setup key and select New > Key.
- Name it “LabConfig” and press enter.
- Right-click on LabConfig and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name it BypassTPMCheck and modify the value from 0 to 1.
- Similarly, create another DWORD, name it BypassSecureBootCheck and give it a value of 1.
- Close both the registry and CMD window.
- In the installation window, click the back button and again start the installation as normal. You will now bypass Windows 11 secure boot and TPM 2.0 requirements.
Now let’s get into the process in deep where we’ll show you the EXACT screenshots taken while we installed Windows 11 on our old PC.
Steps to Install Windows 11 without TPM
Step 1: Download Windows 11 ISO File
- At first, you need to download the Windows 11 ISO file of the latest insider preview build. Head over to the link provided to get a superfast direct Google Drive download link.
Step 2: Create a Windows 11 Bootable USB
- The next step is to create a Windows 11 bootable USB with a media creation tool. Head over to the link and refer to our guide to create one with Rufus.
- Once you have a working bootable USB of Windows 11, you need to restart your PC and boot it from the USB you have just created with the Rufus.
- While you restart your PC, enter BIOS using the BIOS key (depends on your PC brand and model). In our case it is F2.
- In BIOS, enable Boot from USB option and then save and exit to boot from your Windows 11 bootable USB flash drive.
Step 3: Modify Windows Registry
- Once you boot from the USB, you will see a message saying “This PC can’t run Windows 11” like below.
- On this screen, click on the back button at the top left corner. Then you need to open the Command Prompt window by pressing Shift + F10.
- In the command prompt window, type regedit and press enter to launch the Windows registry editor.
- Navigate to the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup.
- Click on Edit > New > Key to create a new key named LabConfig.
- Inside the LabConfig, right-click in a blank space and click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Then name it BypassTPMCheck.
- Right-click on it and select Modify… option to edit the DWORD Value.
- Now give it a value of 00000001 and click OK.
- Similarly, you need to create another DWORD Value to bypass Windows 11 Secure Boot requirement. For this, create a new one and name it BypassSecureBootCheck. Then as we did above, give it a value of 00000001 and click OK.
- Now you have two DWORD values inside the LabConfig Key. And the screenshot will look like this:
- Now close both the registry and command prompt windows and go back to the installation prompt screen like this.
- Again, click the Install now button to begin the installation process. This time you will successfully bypass Windows 11 TPM and Secure Boot requirements to install the OS on your incompatible or ineligible PC.
- You can now proceed with the normal installation process without having any issues. In the next window, it will prompt for entering the activation key. You can skip this by clicking I don’t have a product key.
- Once you click that you will be taken to the next screen where you need to select the Windows 11 edition which you want to install on your PC.
- On the next screen, accept the Microsoft license terms and click Next.
- This will immediately begin the process of installation and you are done!
- Once done, your system will restart and you will boot into the brand new Windows 11 operating system like in the screenshot below.
Note that this method is tried on one of our old laptops and it’s found 100% working. For the purpose of creating this guide, we tested it with the latest official preview build. This method may or may not work with upcoming builds. As of now, everything works fine and we’ve successfully bypassed the security restrictions and installed Windows 11 without TPM and Secure Boot.
Alternate Method: Create Custom Installation Media
This method of bypassing the TPM and Secure Boot requirements involves the modification of the original Windows 11 ISO file.
By this method, you can upgrade the OS by running the setup file directly from the disc image. To the following to get it done.
- Go to the Windows 11 ISO image folder and right-click to select the option, Mount.
- Now select all files in the folder and copy that.
- Create a new folder in any of your drives. Here I have created a folder named “Windows 11” in my F:\ drive. Paste the copied files into this folder.
- Now go to the folder where you saved the Windows 10 ISO file. Right-click on the file and select Mount. Then open the sources folder there.
- Find the DLL file named appraiserres.dll and copy it. In case if you don’t have the Windows 10 ISO, then click here to download the specified dll file.
- Extract the downloaded zip file and copy the dll file.
- Once copied the dll file, go back to the Windows 11 folder which you’ve created in the F:\ drive. Open the source folder, right-click and select Paste from the menu. Alternatively, you can simply press Crtl + V to paste the copied file.
- When prompted for choosing the pasting method, choose to Replace the file in the destination. (This is very important)
- Now, go to Windows 11 folder and double-click the setup.exe file.
- Select the (recommended) option to get drivers and updates.
- Then it will ask to accept the license term. Click on the Accept button at the bottom.
- This will immediately download the updates and it will take a while depending on your internet speed and system.
- Once it is completed, your PC will be ready to install the OS and you will be presented with details regarding the install. Here click on the Install button.
- The Windows 11 installation will begin now and it will take a few minutes to complete.
- Your PC may restart several times. Once the installation is completed successfully you will be land on the Windows login screen after the final reboot.
Now that you know how to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot security requirements. And now, it’s pretty obvious that the TPM and Secure Boot is not an inevitable thing to run Windows 11 operating system.
Out of the 2 methods, we recommend you to try the first method first. ie., editing the registry during the installation process. The method is a bit tricky but it works perfectly. The second method is just to show you another possibility to bypass Windows 11 system requirements recommended by Microsoft.
In case if you face any difficulties in the installation process, feel free to comment below. We’ll get back to you with a solution.
Once you install Windows 11 on your desktop or laptop, you may need the following guides to better explore the operating system and make the most out of it.