If you want to do a clean install of Windows 11, downloading the ISO and creating a bootable USB drive with Rufus is a great place to get started.
How to Bypass Windows 11 TPM the Official Microsoft Way
If you want to do a clean install of Windows 11 on your PC, a good way to do it is to create a bootable USB drive. While you can use the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft (not available until Windows 11 GA is released), today, we’ll look at a different approach with the free Rufus utility.
Note that we previously covered creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive with Rufus for clean installations. To download the Windows 11 ISO, head to this Microsoft Insider Page. For best results, select the Beta Channel build.
The Dev channel will be much less stable. To get started, download and install the Rufus utility on a Windows 10 PC.
Download Your Windows 11 ISO
During the installation process of Rufus, it will ask you if you want to download the latest update. When Rufus launches, under Device, select your USB flash drive.
Then click the Select button on the right side.
Then select the Windows 11 ISO file you downloaded. Now, for “Image Option,” set the dropdown to Standard Windows Installation. Set “Partition Scheme” to GPT. Under the “Volume Label” field, type in a name for the drive.
For the rest of the fields, keep them as they are.
When you are ready, click the Start button. When the warning comes up that all data on the flash drive will be wiped, click the OK button. And wait while your bootable USB drive is created. You will see a progress bar under the “Status” section while it’s made.
Note: If you get the following message about disabling Secure Boot, you can ignore it and proceed with the installation as you normally would.
For more on that, please read our article on how to clean install Windows 11.
That’s all there is to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive. You’re now ready to install it on a new PC. At the time of this writing, we’re still in the Windows Insider, or “beta” builds. So, make sure you install it on a secondary PC and now your main production box.
But the process of creating a bootable USB drive with Rufus and the clean install process will essentially be the same when Windows 11 is generally available.
And for more on getting started, make sure to check out our article on how to uninstall apps on Windows 11. Or how to use the new Virtual Desktops feature. Another article worth reading is about the new Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts you need to know.
How to Bypass Windows 11 TPM Check From Windows Update
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.
How to Bypass Windows 11's TPM Requirement Using Rufus
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. 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. Download the latest version of Rufusand install it on your machine. At the time of writing the latest version is 3.17 which includes the Extended Windows 11 Image support.
Rufus Download for Windows 10/8.1/7
Insert a blank 16GB or larger USB stick then open Rufus. Select the USB device that you want to install Windows 11 to. Ensure that Boot Selection shows “Disk or ISO image” and click DOWNLOAD.
Select Windows 11 and click Continue. Select the latest release and click Continue. Select the edition and click Continue. Select your preferred language and click Continue.
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. The download will take several minutes to complete.
Click on the Image option drop down and select Extended Windows 11 Installation to disable TPM, Secure Boot and the 8GB of RAM requirement. Double check that the correct drive has been selected and click on Start to begin the installation.
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.
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. 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.