You\u2019ve probably heard of the steep system requirements of Windows 11. You can\u2019t install it on an unsupported computer - one that doesn\u2019t have TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, or enough RAM. This checklist leaves many on the outside, theoretically unable to install Windows 11. However, the good news is that there are ways to overcome this issue and install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. Similarly, free virtual machine applications like VMware Workstation Player Free don\u2019t let you install Windows 11 easily by default. But you can bypass the Windows 11 checks in them too. Did we manage to make you interested? Here are a few ways to install Windows 11 on unsupported computers and on virtual machines:\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to install Windows 11 on any PC, even if it doesn\u2019t meet the system requirements\r\nBefore installing Windows 11, check whether your PC is compatible with this operating system. To see if it checks all the boxes, read all the minimum Windows 11 system requirements. If it does, there\u2019s no need for you to bypass the TPM, Secure Boot, and RAM checks. Instead, follow all the instructions we presented in this guide: How to install Windows 11 from USB, DVD, or ISO.\r\n\r\nHowever, if your PC doesn\u2019t meet the Windows 11 requirements, follow the steps from one of the following two methods to install it on any computer by bypassing the mandatory Windows 11 checks.\r\nMethod 1. Install Windows 11 on any PC using commands to bypass the TPM, Secure Boot, and RAM checks\r\nFirst, prepare a Windows 11 bootable USB memory stick using Microsoft\u2019s Media Creation Tool, or burn a Windows 11 ISO file onto a DVD. Then, boot your PC using the Windows 11 installation disc or USB stick. Wait for a second or two, and your computer or device should briefly display a message asking you to \u201cPress any key to boot from CD or DVD.\u201d Do so and wait for the Windows 11 installation wizard to load.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress any key to boot from CD or DVD\r\n\r\nThe Windows 11 install wizard begins by asking you to choose the language, time, and currency format, and then the keyboard or input method you\u2019d like to use. Ignore this for the moment. Instead, simultaneously press the Shift + F10 keys on your keyboard to open Command Prompt.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress Shift + F10 to open Command Prompt\r\n\r\nThis step is important, because if you would\u2019ve continued the setup process normally, it would have eventually told you that \u201cThis PC can\u2019t run Windows 11\u201d because \u201cThis PC doesn\u2019t meet the minimum requirements to install this version of Windows.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis PC can\\'t run Windows 11\r\n\r\nIf your PC would have met all the Windows 11 system requirements, like TPM and Secure Boot, there wouldn\u2019t have been any problem. However, because yours doesn\u2019t, to be able to install Windows 11, you need to bypass the operating system\u2019s checks. That includes TPM, Secure Boot, and RAM if you need to. Here\u2019s how to do that:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter pressing Shift + F10, the Windows 11 setup process launches Command Prompt. In its window, type and execute the following commands one after the other, according to your needs:\r\n\r\nreg add HKLMSystemSetupLabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 1[/DC-CODE]\r\n\r\nreg add HKLMSystemSetupLabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 1[/DC-CODE]\r\n\r\nreg add HKLMSystemSetupLabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 1[/DC-CODE]\r\n\r\nThe first one disables the TPM check, the second one the Secure Boot check, and finally, the third disables the RAM verification. All the commands should end with messages telling you \u201cThe operation completed successfully.\u201d After you run all three of them, close the Command Prompt.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe commands that bypass Windows 11\\'s TPM, SecureBoot, and RAM checks\r\n\r\nNow you\u2019ve configured the Windows 11 setup to bypass the dreaded TPM, Secure Boot, and RAM checks, you should be able to install it on any computer. From here on, you can continue the installation as you normally would. If you need help with it, we\u2019ve detailed all the next steps in this dedicated guide: How to install Windows 11 from USB, DVD, or ISO. After you finish installing it, you can start testing Windows 11 and see how you like it. :)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWindows 11 running on unsupported hardware\r\nMethod 2. Install Windows 11 on any PC using Rufus\r\nRufus is a tool that offers yet another method to install Windows 11 on any computer, regardless of whether it meets the system requirements. First, you\u2019ll need to download a Windows 11 ISO file and also Rufus. Ensure that you get the latest edition of this app, and keep in mind that you can also get Rufus as a portable app. If you do that, you can simply run the executable file after you download it, without having to install anything on your computer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDownload and run Rufus\r\n\r\nOnce you have both Rufus and the Windows 11 ISO file, connect a USB drive such as a portable SSD or USB memory stick to your computer. Be careful to use a drive large enough to fit the Windows 11 setup files. 8GB or more is what\u2019s recommended. Then, after you plug it into your PC, select it in the Device list from Rufus\u2019 window.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nConnect and select the USB drive for Windows 11\r\n\r\nThen, click or tap on Boot selection, choose \u201cDisk or ISO image,\u201d and press Select next to it. In the new window that shows up, navigate and select the Windows 11 or ISO file that you downloaded earlier on your PC.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSelect the Windows 11 ISO file\r\n\r\nNext, you need to configure Rufus to create a bootable drive that doesn\u2019t check for Windows 11\u2019s system requirements. To do so, in Rufus\u2019 window, click or tap on the Image option list and select \u201cExtended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM / no Secure Boot).\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM / no Secure Boot)\r\n\r\nNext, select the Partition scheme and Target system. If you intend to install Windows 11 on a modern computer with UEFI, select the GPT Partition scheme and UEFI (non-CSM) Target system. Otherwise, if you want to install Windows 11 on an older computer that still uses BIOS, choose the MBR Partition scheme and BIOS (or UEFI-CSM) Target system.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose between GPT (UEFI, non CSM) and MBR (BIOS, UEFI-CSM)\r\n\r\nYou can leave the other settings as they are. To start building the Windows 11 USB drive, press the Start button at the bottom.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStart creating the Windows 11 installation drive\r\n\r\nRufus will warn you that it will erase all the partitions on the USB drive. That means that all the data on it is being deleted during the process. Ensure you don\u2019t have anything on the USB drive that you might still need and press OK to continue.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRufus warns you that the data on the USB drive will be lost\r\n\r\nWait for Rufus to create the bootable Windows 11 USB drive: if you want, you can check how the process is going by looking at the progress bar.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRufus creates the Windows 11 USB drive\r\n\r\nWhen done, Close the Rufus application. Then, you can use the USB drive to boot and install Windows 11 on any computer you like, even if it doesn\u2019t meet the system requirements. For guidance on the next steps, read this article: How to install Windows 11 from USB, DVD, or ISO.\r\nHow to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine (VMware Workstation Player Free)\r\nThe best way to test a new operating system without putting your computers at risk is to install and try it on a virtual machine. That\u2019s also true when it comes to Windows 11, Microsoft\u2019s brand new operating system, which, although nice and shiny, comes with plenty of changes and also has its share of bugs. Unfortunately, as you already know, it has some steep system requirements, like Secure Boot and the need for a TPM 2.0 chip being installed, which is not something free virtual machine players can handle yet. Paid ones are usually easier to configure and have more options than free virtual machine apps, but they cost quite a lot of money. For most home users, that\u2019s not something worth paying just to test Windows 11. The good news is that there is a way to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine using VMware\u2019s Workstation Player, which is free for personal use. You will need to bypass the TPM and CPU checks of Windows 11, but as you\u2019ve already seen in the first chapter of this guide, it is not as hard as it may sound. Without further ado, here\u2019s how to install Windows 11 in a virtual machine using VMware Workstation Player (Free):\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe first step to installing Windows 11 on a virtual machine is to get the right tools. Use your web browser again to download Windows 11. Then, you\u2019ll need a good VM application. For now, the best VM apps that work well with Windows 11 are VMware\u2019s virtualization solutions. And the one that we focus on in this guide is the VMware Workstation Player app that\u2019s free for personal use. So, use your web browser again to download VMware Workstation Player. Then, install it on your computer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInstall VMware Workstation Player 16 Free\r\n\r\nYou now have both tools required to install Windows 11 in a virtual machine: VMware Workstation Player (Free) and the Windows 11 ISO file. Next, let\u2019s see how to actually install Windows 11 in VMware\u2019s free Player:\r\n\r\nFire up VMware Workstation Player Free on your computer. In its window, click or tap on \u201cCreate a New Virtual Machine.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCreate a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation Player Free\r\n\r\nChoose \u201cI will install the operating system later\u201d in the \u201cNew Virtual Machine Wizard\u201d window, and then click or tap on Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI will install the operating system later\r\n\r\nSelect Microsoft Windows under \u201cGuest operating system,\u201d choose Windows 10 x64 in the Version list, and press Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose Microsoft Windows and Windows 10 x64\r\n\r\nEnter a name for the Windows 11 virtual machine and choose the folder location on your computer where you want to save its files. Then, press Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnter a name and a location for the virtual machine\r\n\r\nVMware Workstation Player Free now asks you to Specify Disk Capacity for the Windows 11 virtual machine. Enter 64GB or more, but not less, as this is the minimum free disk space required by Microsoft for Windows 11. Then, choose whether you want to \u201cStore virtual disk as a single file\u201d or \u201cSplit virtual disk into multiple files,\u201d and press Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSet the size of the virtual machine drive to at least 64GB\r\n\r\nOn the next step of the Windows 11 virtual machine configuration wizard, you might be tempted to press Finish thinking you\u2019re done. But don\u2019t do that yet, as you still need to adjust a few settings:\r\n\r\nWhen VMware Workstation Player Free says that it\u2019s \u201cReady to Create Virtual Machine,\u201d click or tap on Customize Hardware, not on Finish.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nClick or tap on Customize Hardware\r\n\r\nThis opens VMware Workstation Player\u2019s Hardware window. In it, select Memory on the left and increase the amount of RAM allocated to the Windows 11 virtual machine to at least 4096MB.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAllocate at least 4GB of RAM for the virtual machine\r\n\r\nIf you have a powerful processor, you might also want to increase the number of CPU cores allocated to the Windows 11 virtual machine. However, that\u2019s not mandatory, as VMware Workstation Player Free gives it two cores by default, which is the minimum required by Windows 11.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSet the number of CPU cores available to the virtual machine (at least 2)\r\n\r\nNext, select CD/DVD (SATA) on the left of the Hardware window. Then, on its right side, select \u201cUse ISO image file\u201d and Browse or type the location of the Windows 11 ISO file you downloaded on method two of this guide.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSpecify the location of the Windows 11 ISO file\r\n\r\nYou can leave the other settings as they are or customize them to your liking. Once you\u2019re done, click or tap the Close button from the bottom-right corner of the Hardware window and then the Finish button from the \u201cReady to Create Virtual Machine\u201d window.\r\n\r\nBack on the dashboard of VMware Workstation Player Free, the Windows 11 virtual machine is now created and listed on the left side of the window. To start it, double-click on its name on the left, or select it first and then click/tap on \u201cPlay virtual machine\u201d on the right.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStart the virtual machine\r\n\r\nThen, the virtual machine starts from the ISO file and loads the Windows 11 installation wizard. The next steps are exactly the same ones we\u2019ve shown you in the first method from the first chapter of this guide. Follow the instructions exactly, and you\u2019ll be able to bypass the TPM, Secure Boot, and RAM checks in no time. In short, when the Windows 11 wizard launches, press Shift + F10 to open Command Prompt and run these commands:\r\n\r\nreg add HKLMSystemSetupLabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 1[/DC-CODE]\r\n\r\nreg add HKLMSystemSetupLabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 1[/DC-CODE]\r\n\r\nreg add HKLMSystemSetupLabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 1[/DC-CODE]\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe commands that bypasses Windows 11\\'s TPM, SecureBoot, and RAM checks\r\n\r\nThen, you can continue to install Windows 11, as you won\u2019t be bothered by any other issues regarding unsupported hardware anymore.\r\nDid you install Windows 11 on a virtual machine?\r\nNow you know how to install Windows 11 on any computer and in any virtual machine application. So all there\u2019s left to do is try Windows 11 and decide whether you want to keep it. :) Let us know how it all worked out for you and whether you encountered any issues installing Windows 11 on an unsupported computer or in a virtual machine.