Microsoft Windows 11

Rufus is a popular utility that allows you to easily create bootable USB drives. The Rufus 3.18 beta which was released recently allows you to bypass Windows 11 upgrade restrictions.

Microsoft’s Windows 11 comes with a strict set of system requirements. You can find the full list of Windows 11 system requirements here. You will be able to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs, but Microsoft does not guarantee that everything will work, and you won’t be entitled to receive Windows updates in the future. You need to create the following registry key values to bypass the check for TPM and the CPU family and model.

  • Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
  • Name: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU
  • Type: REG_DWORD
  • Value: 1

If you have already installed Windows 11 and you want to do an in-place upgrade using a new Windows 11 image on an unsupported PC, Windows 11 will block the upgrade process. Using Rufus 3.18 beta, you can do that now.

While creating bootable ISO using Rufus, in the Image option drop down, switch from Standard Windows 11 Installation (TPM 2.0 + Secure Boot) to Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM / no Secure Boot). Once the bootable USB drive is created, you can do the in-place Windows 11 upgrade on an unsupported PC without any issues.