Microsoft has strict hardware requirements that your PC must meet to install Windows 11, including support for TPM 2.0. This means that not only older computers, but also virtual machines, will refuse to upgrade from Windows 10, telling you that “this PC does not currently meet the system requirements for Windows 11”.
In fact, if you have already installed Windows 11 in a virtual machine, you might not be able to update to the latest version because Windows Update will tell you that your system does not meet the requirements. But even if your host computer supports TPM, your virtual machine software may not.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent Windows Update or Windows 11 Installer from requiring the TPM. A simple, open source script called Universal MediaCreationTool by a user named Aveyo will bypass TPM Checker and allow you to upgrade, using Microsoft’s own installers. Below we will explain how to use it.
Note that Microsoft has also created a official registry hack to bypass TPM 2.0 and CPU requirements. However, this method still requires at least TPM 1.2, so if you don’t have any TPM, it’s worthless. We’ll cover that down below, in case you want to try it out.
How to bypass the Windows 11 TPM requirement
1. Move towards the Github page for Universal MediaCreationTool open source from Aveyo
2. Scroll down to “Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update_v2.cmd”
3. Select and copy all the code for this file only.
4. Open notepad and paste the code into it.
5. Save the file as disable-tpm-check.cmd on your desktop.
6. Double click on the file to run it.
7. Click Yes when asked whether to allow Windows PowerShell to make changes to your device.
You will see PowerShell open with the note “Skip TPM check during dynamic update [Installed]. ”Note that if you run it again, it will re-enable TPM checking.
After that, if you are in the Insider program, Windows Update will start to download Windows 11 and install it. If you are already using Windows 11 and you have been denied an update, the update will be downloaded.
If you are not in the Insider program, you can upgrade to the new operating system by downloading a Windows 11 ISO file, writing it to a USB flash drive or optical disc, and running the file. setup.exe from Windows 10.
How to bypass TPM during clean install of Windows 11
If you plan to perform a clean install rather than upgrade to Windows 11 and bypass TPM, you will need an installation disc or ISO file with TPM detection disabled. Fortunately, AveYo’s Universal MediaCreationTool has you covered as well as it can generate Windows 11 ISOs or USB drives that don’t check the status of your TPM.
1. Navigate to the MediaCreationTool Github page.
2. Download the zip file by clicking Download Zip in the upper right corner of the page.
3. Extract MediaCreationTool.bat from the zip file and save it in the folder of your choice.
4. Run MediaCreationToolbat. If Windows reports the file as potentially dangerous, click “More Info” and “Run Anyway”.
5. Select 11 like the MCT version.
6. Select either “Create USB” Where “Create ISO”, depending on whether you want an ISO file or to create a bootable USB drive. If you are installing on a virtual machine, you will need the ISO file.
7. Click Yes when Windows asks whether to allow Power Shell to open an application. The Windows Media Creation Tool will launch. Don’t be fooled as the title bar says “Windows 10 Setup” as it will create a Windows 11 ISO for you, provided you choose 11.
8. Select a USB stick Where ISO file when prompted.
9. Select which USB stick or the location of the file (for ISO) you want.
The Media Creation Tool will now take several minutes to download Windows 11 from Microsoft’s servers and create either a bootable USB drive or an ISO file. The tool may say “Downloading Windows 10”, but don’t be fooled by that.
ten. Boot from the installation media or the ISO file you created. You should be able to install Windows 11 even if your PC or VM does not support TPM.
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 it on a system that has at least TPM 1.2 and an unsupported processor. That said, we recommend the scripts above because they don’t require any TPM.
1. Open Regedit.
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM Setup MoSetup.
3. Create a DWORD (32-bit) value called AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU if it does not already exist.
4. Set AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU to 1.
5. Close regedit and restart your pc. You should now be able to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 using the installation media (provided you created it).
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