Sunday, October 10th 2021

Windows 11 TPM Requirement? Bypass it in 5 Minutes

So you have a $2,000 Core i7-6950X HEDT processor, which you thought would last forever, but Windows 11 Setup stands in your way with its steep system requirements that include TPM and Secure Boot. What do you do? With Windows 11, Microsoft introduced new requirements for compatible hardware, and these are purely software-only checks—nothing really requires it. Besides the much-talked about TPM 2.0 spec compatible hardware Trusted Platform Module as a system requirement, there's also new requirements for UEFI Boot, and installation on a GPT partitioned drive (no more MBR boot for Windows 11).

While these requirements do make some sense going forward, this walls off a lot of potential users, i.e. everyone without a TPM 2.0 add-on card, or those with processors older than 7th Gen Intel Core "Kaby Lake," or AMD Ryzen 2000 "Pinnacle Ridge" series. We have discovered a quick and easy way to defeat these checks during Windows 11 Setup, including for that nagging TPM 2.0, and Secure Boot. Here's a step by step guide for fresh installations.

Update Oct 7th: At the end of this article, which is focused on "clean installation", we added a method that lets you perform the upgrade of an existing installation to Windows 11, without any TPM. For this same scenario Microsoft offers a method that downgrades the TPM requirement from 2.0 to 1.2, our method works without any TPM and also relaxes other requirements, like memory size, UEFI and MBR.

Update Oct 10th: Improved the steps for the "upgrade" installation, to mention that updates to the updater should be turned off.
Step 1: Create the Registry Modification
After preparing your installation media (on another PC), open Notepad, paste the text below, save this file as "bypass.reg" on the bootable USB flash drive that's serving as installation media for Windows 11. You can also put just this file alone on a separate USB stick, the Windows installation environment will show it as additional drive.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\LabConfig]
"BypassTPMCheck"=dword:00000001
"BypassSecureBootCheck"=dword:00000001
"BypassRAMCheck"=dword:00000001
"BypassStorageCheck"=dword:00000001
"BypassCPUCheck"=dword:00000001
Copy and paste the text, including the "Window Registry Editor Version 5.00" part, it should look like in the screenshot below. Also, make sure to save as "bypass.reg" and not "bypass.reg.txt", which can happen if you use notepad and have "Show file extensions" turned off in Explorer (the default).
Step 2 Boot from that Installation Media USB Flash Drive
Now, simply boot from that USB flash drive, run Windows 11 Setup, and proceed until you hit the screen that says "This PC can't Run Windows 11."
Here, click on the "back" button of the wizard (top left of the window), which takes you back to the previous screen.

Step 3: Invoke a Command Prompt
Press "Shift+F10" on your keyboard. This opens a Command Prompt window. Type "regedit" and hit Enter.
Step 4: Get Registry Editor to Pick Up that Registry File You Made
With Registry Editor open, get it to import the "bypass.reg" file that's been sitting on your USB flash drive.

Step 5: Proceed with the Installation
That's it! Close all windows, and proceed with the installation.
What Happened Here
The Windows 11 installation media, much like that of Windows 10 and Windows 8 before it, is essentially a bootable "live CD" of a Windows environment, with a singular purpose of installing Windows, or attempting to Repair your Windows installation. Logically, this environment needs the tools for such repairs, including a Registry Editor and a Command Prompt. It also has its own Windows Registry, which tells it how to go about installing Windows. With this Registry mod, you're making the installer overlook multiple system requirements, meeting, including "TPM Check," which checks for a TPM 2.0 compliant module (or Firmware TPM), whether Secure Boot (and its dependency of a disabled CSM) are met.

If you need additional help, let us know in the comments,

Bypass TPM and other requirements for Update from within Windows
Start the Windows 11 update software, click "Change how setup downloads updates" and select "not right now", or disconnect from the Internet before pressing "Next". The reason is that there's now a new version of the updater that disables the "back" button on the "Unsupported Hardware" screen. Click "Next", after some checking, a screen "This PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements" appears.
Now open the folder "C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources" and look for the file "appraiserres.dll", delete the file. Make sure to delete the correct file, there's several "appraiser" files in that folder.
Return to the Windows 11 updater (no need to restart it), click "back", and "next", done.
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179 Comments on Windows 11 TPM Requirement? Bypass it in 5 Minutes

#101
Tauceti_5
W1zzardNo experience with that tool.

No idea why you're getting 30 GB with Microsoft's MCT, the Windows 11 ISO file is 5.3 GB.

You should just be able to recreate the bypass.reg file on your USB stick, and you're good to go, no need to download everything again.
I wonder why. Well i will give this method another try, definetly prefer a hundred times this method, doing things manually, over having 3rd party tools doing stuff for me. Really glad you were able to help me out. It was something so simple but thanks man. Sometimes instinct isn't the way to go. Sometimes.
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#102
Fierce Guppy
lexluthermiesterThat's not happening. Several of the systems I've installed have already downloaded and installed a few updates. Those threats of blocked updates are total FUD as well it seems. Install on the system of your choice, update if you like, enjoy!
So with the PCs with CPUs not on Microsoft's Windows 11 CPU compatibility list, you get your updates via Settings->Updates and Security just as on a fully Windows 11 compliant PC, and can successfully install an app from Settings->Apps->Optional Features->Add a feature?
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#103
W1zzard
Fierce GuppySo with the PCs with CPUs not on Microsoft's Windows 11 CPU compatibility list, you get your updates via Settings->Updates and Security just as on a fully Windows 11 compliant PC, and can successfully install an app from Settings->Apps->Optional Features->Add a feature?
It seems so, maybe that whole "old PCs don't get updates" thing was a rumor. I'd expect there to be some official wording approved by Legal by now
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#104
Fierce Guppy
theFOoLThat's why this reg file exists. M$ just cares for the customer security. I have back ups on my back ups. I know the web well enough to stay clear. M$ grow up
And it just so happens that after quite a bit of back and forth with Microsoft "Help" pushing for a straight answer as to what features Windows 11 compatible CPUs have that my i7-5960X lacks, I did get the impression MS sees its non-business customers as a bunch of rubes.
W1zzardIt seems so, maybe that whole "old PCs don't get updates" thing was a rumor. I'd expect there to be some official wording approved by Legal by now
It wasn't a rumor. The PC I happen to be now using has Windows 11 installed from the original "leaked" iso by patching the registry during installation. I can't get updates, nor add optional features. I vaguely recall receiving a couple of definition updates for Windows Defender. All that is now listed in Updates and Security is an insider build that will not install because the PC lacks TPM 2.0 and SecureBoot. Well it's X58. In any case, I might try installing Windows 11 Pro on the Haswell/X99 PC during the weekend.
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#105
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
As great as this is, it's just gonna be a cat and mouse game, with Microsoft finding out about these hacks and defeating them for the next build making it harder and harder to get around the checks. It so sucks. :ohwell:

Still worth trying it out now though to see what W11 is like on my trusty 2700K / 16GB RAM PC.
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#106
Arcdar
Fierce GuppyAnd it just so happens that after quite a bit of back and forth with Microsoft "Help" pushing for a straight answer as to what features Windows 11 compatible CPUs have that my i7-5960X lacks, I did get the impression MS sees its non-business customers as a bunch of rubes.



It wasn't a rumor. The PC I happen to be now using has Windows 11 installed from the original "leaked" iso by patching the registry during installation. I can't get updates, nor add optional features. I vaguely recall receiving a couple of definition updates for Windows Defender. All that is now listed in Updates and Security is an insider build that will not install because the PC lacks TPM 2.0 and SecureBoot. Well it's X58. In any case, I might try installing Windows 11 Pro on the Haswell/X99 PC during the weekend.
I'm really going to look forward to a comment if you did the x99 system - I still have two dual stations (x79 & x99) which I'd like to see how they perform with win11 but didn't have the time yet (or the next two to three weeks) to try it :( ...
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#107
Tauceti_5
For anyone out there, hope this comment helps you out, definetly so much better to try
qubitAs great as this is, it's just gonna be a cat and mouse game, with Microsoft finding out about these hacks and defeating them for the next build making it harder and harder to get around the checks. It so sucks. :ohwell:

Still worth trying it out now though to see what W11 is like on my trusty 2700K / 16GB RAM PC.
Do it, im sure you wont regret it, i cleaned installed using this method and by far exceeds what i expected. Runs smoothly and its quick. About 5 seconds to sign in screen from cold boot. Using intel celeron and 4 gigs of ram,from like before 2015 and honestly couldnt be happier. Shout out to W1zzard for helping me out!
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#108
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Tauceti_5For anyone out there, hope this comment helps you out, definetly so much better to try

Do it, im sure you wont regret it, i cleaned installed using this method and by far exceeds what i expected. Runs smoothly and its quick. About 5 seconds to sign in screen from cold boot. Using intel celeron and 4 gigs of ram,from like before 2015 and honestly couldnt be happier. Shout out to W1zzard for helping me out!
I'm sure it's nice and at some point moving to it will be inevitable whether on this old hardware or something new, which I hope to get within the next year or so, fingers crossed.

I'm not happy with what they done with the Start menu position and the rounded corners, though. I like square corners so much better. Seems like a small thing, but it's surprisingly annoying for me.
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#109
Tauceti_5
qubitI'm sure it's nice and at some point moving to it will be inevitable whether on this old hardware or something new, which I hope to get within the next year or so, fingers crossed.

I'm not happy with what they done with the Start menu position and the rounded corners, though. I like square corners so much better. Seems like a small thing, but it's surprisingly annoying for me.
So the position of the start menu can be changed to the left in settings, did some tweaking around, but its in settings>Personalization>Taskbar and scroll down to position and choose left , and the squared corners im still trying to figure out but the first time i actually got the corners to be squared. When i clean installed last night again i had forgotten how to get the square corners, i read somewhere that it was due to low graphics processing power that enabled squared corners, but its obviously not that since i got the round corners. Its got to be an option. But if thats about it, i mean i think you should go for it,
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#110
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Tauceti_5So the position of the start menu can be changed to the left in settings, did some tweaking around, but its in settings>Personalization>Taskbar and scroll down to position and choose left , and the squared corners im still trying to figure out but the first time i actually got the corners to be squared. When i clean installed last night again i had forgotten how to get the square corners, i read somewhere that it was due to low graphics processing power that enabled squared corners, but its obviously not that since i got the round corners. Its got to be an option. But if thats about it, i mean i think you should go for it,
As I said, I will eventually, probably when I get my new hardware as Microsoft have disabled updates on hardware it deems to inferior, like mine.

I knew about the Start menu configuration, but not the rounded to square corners. The thing is, these are still the default settings so I'm still gonna come across them one way or another on various PCs. It's a small thing, but niggly for me.
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#111
ThrashZone
Fierce GuppyAnd it just so happens that after quite a bit of back and forth with Microsoft "Help" pushing for a straight answer as to what features Windows 11 compatible CPUs have that my i7-5960X lacks, I did get the impression MS sees its non-business customers as a bunch of rubes.



It wasn't a rumor. The PC I happen to be now using has Windows 11 installed from the original "leaked" iso by patching the registry during installation. I can't get updates, nor add optional features. I vaguely recall receiving a couple of definition updates for Windows Defender. All that is now listed in Updates and Security is an insider build that will not install because the PC lacks TPM 2.0 and SecureBoot. Well it's X58. In any case, I might try installing Windows 11 Pro on the Haswell/X99 PC during the weekend.
Hi,
Well x99 does have a tpm 1.2 port on the boards or at least my x99 sabertooth does
Kind of the reasoning for the ms bending tpm requirements I suspect seeing people were buying tpu chips but processors are not supported.

Looking at update history updates checked for updates on startup this morning so it is looking.
Yesterday I manually checked and it found the malicious software removal tool and that's all.
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#113
Totally
Whoever at MS thought it was a great idea to make the Taskbar permanently fixed to the bottom of the screen needs to be dragged out of their office by the hair, down the stairs to out front of the building and beaten until they realized the way they like to do things isn't the best for everyone. FFS, it's just awful trying to use on a tablet at that position.
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#114
ThrashZone
TotallyWhoever at MS thought it was a great idea to make the Taskbar permanently fixed to the bottom of the screen needs to be dragged out of their office by the hair, down the stairs to out front of the building and beaten until they realized the way they like to do things isn't the best for everyone. FFS, it's just awful trying to use on a tablet at that position.
Hi,
Same goes for putting the details pane on the right side so you can't use preview pane at the same time as details pane
This is just senseless
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#116
ThrashZone
W1zzardThis basically uses the same method as our article, here's the source code:
github.com/coofcookie/Windows11Upgrade/blob/main/Windows11Upgrade/win11_installSystem.cs

Not sure why he both adds "AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU" (which relaxes from TPM 2.0 to 1.2), and also deletes appraiserres.dll (which removes the TPM requirement completely)
Hi,
Just read someone where the ms pass code didn't work
Was figuring it was user error but never know.

Maybe they did it for good measure lol
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#117
GerKNG
if you're that desperate to run windows 11 and probably have issues in the next couple months why are you not either buy a 10100f for 75 bucks or just stick to windows 10?
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#118
ThrashZone
GerKNGif you're that desperate to run windows 11 and probably have issues in the next couple months why are you not either buy a 10100f for 75 bucks or just stick to windows 10?
Hi,
Just like Vegas and shooting craps
7 or 11 are winners
10 well we all know it's no winner and people are sick of it basically lol
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#119
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Bypass works beautifully btw. I am currently running Windows 11.
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#120
ThrashZone
CrAsHnBuRnXpBypass works beautifully btw. I am currently running Windows 11.
Hi,
Which one you use ?
Upgrade or clean install ?
I used the upgrade it is the bomb :D
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#122
OGLORIOSO
May I have any system problem if I install windows 11 in my computer with a Ryzen 7 1700??? Or is it safe?I had installed Windows 11 on the day it was released, but then go back to windows 10 after noticed it wasn't compatible with my CPU

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#123
lexluthermiester
OGLORIOSOMay I have any system problem if I install windows 11 in my computer with a Ryzen 7 1700?
You will need to use a bypass but otherwise you will have no issues running Win11 on your Ryzen 1700.

Welcome to TPU!
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#124
Tauceti_5
OGLORIOSOMay I have any system problem if I install windows 11 in my computer with a Ryzen 7 1700??? Or is it safe?I had installed Windows 11 on the day it was released, but then go back to windows 10 after noticed it wasn't compatible with my CPU

Amd and windows announced that theyre working on a fix and should be patched up with the very next update to windows 11, should be soon now.
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#125
CrAsHnBuRnXp
ThrashZoneHi,
Which one you use ?
Upgrade or clean install ?
I used the upgrade it is the bomb :D
Clean.
RoutedScripterAs always, celebration may be short lived, until this trick is patched out in another Win11 update, so posting the workaround so visibly and making it popular actually raises the attention of it getting patched, so yeah this is really not something to keep relying on, it can work, always "for now".

Even if Win 11 doesn't completely get patched of all the bypasses in the future, you'll have major softwares requiring it and actually failing to work without it, which we've seen with the first game's anti-cheat system to employ.

TPM 2.0 is like the COVID19 Passport of computers, quite a limitation on what was once a shining example of freedom.






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Own nothing, rent everything. The PC platform is under serious attack, wonder why are GPUs so expensive and inaccessible to the vast majority these days, and will the prices really get down once the cryptocraze presumably ends?
God fucking tin foil hat much?
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