Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 11, but the requirement of TPM or secure boot has made the older PC or laptop users a matter of concern. The computer systems older than four years, probably don’t have the secure boot option, thus are not eligible for installation of Windows 11. But you can use an alternative way to download and install Windows 11 on systems without TPM support. Let’s see how does it work.
In general, Microsoft is advising its users to upgrade to Windows 11, via Windows update. But if your system doesn’t have the TPM in it, then your system will fail in the normal upgrade. Most of the older Systems lack the TPM or the secure boot part. However, other system requirements should comply as per requirement.
If your system is too old and doesn’t have TPM built in it, then you can try this option to install Windows 11 in your system. However, Microsoft doesn’t recommend installing Windows 11, on an unsupported PC or Laptop. Still, Microsoft lets users install Windows 11 on an unsupported system at their own risk. For that, you need to download the ISO file of the Windows 11 operating system, as the normal upgrade will not work for unsupported systems.
How to download Windows 11 ISO file?
To download the disk image or the ISO file of Windows 11, you need to visit the software download page of Microsoft’s Windows 11. Select the Download Windows 11 Disk image (ISO) option and click on the Download button. Subsequently, you have to select the appropriate language option.
Now once the ISO file is downloaded into your system, you have to create a bootable disk or flash drive to install Windows 11 separately. And for that, you would require utility software for creating a bootable drive. In such a scenario Rufus is the best option, for creating a bootable drive. The reason behind choosing Rufus is described below.
How and why Rufus is used for creating a bootable drive of Windows 11 for systems without TPM?
For creating a bootable flash drive of Windows 11 for systems without TPM, you need to download the latest version of Rufus, which is version 3.16 or later. After the download is over, launch the application. Thus you already have the Windows 11 ISO file, downloaded into your system. Insert the thumb drive into your system, where you want to create the bootable drive with Rufus.
Viewing the screenshot above, you may have guessed why we have chosen Rufus for creating the bootable drive of the Windows 11 operating system for non-TPM systems. If not then don’t worry, we are there to explain you in detail. Please notice the screenshot above. You will discover that in the image option field, Rufus has given an extra option, for the no TPM or no secure boot.
So if you have an old PC or laptop, without TPM, you don’t have to worry anymore. You can easily create the bootable flash drive with Rufus, by selecting the Extended Windows 11 installation option. And if your system does have TPM in it, then you go for the standard Windows 11 installation menu or may use any other utility software for creating a bootable drive such as Yumi.
The procedure for creating the bootable drive of Windows 11 with Rufus is the same as that with other OS. If you are not familiar with Rufus, then you may read the article, how to create a bootable pen drive with Rufus. And then download and install Windows 11 subsequently.
Is it possible to install Windows 11 and create a dual or multi-boot option with other Windows versions or other operating systems?
Yes, it’s quite possible to create a dual or multi-boot with other versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 or 10, or maybe with another genre operating system, such as Linux. But while creating a multi-boot option, if you are messed up the boot menu, you may modify or configure the bootloader in Windows OS using EasyBCD. If you are interested to know how to create dual or multiboot systems, then, please let us know by leaving a comment in the comment box below.
Thus, for the older PC or laptop users, it’s not a matter of concern right now. But Microsoft always advises the use of recommended hardware PC or Laptop for the installation of Windows 11. However, this is just an alternative way for those who use older PC or laptops and just can not install Windows 11, because of the absence of TPM in their system. Hope the way shown in this article, will let you download and install Windows 11 to your non-TPM systems.
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