How to Upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 without TPM | Step-by-Step Guide
Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft released in October 2010. Unlike Windows 10, it needs some requirements. Therefore, it is not a suitable option for all devices having Windows 10. The device must meet the requirements for upgrading to Windows 11. On the other hand, Microsoft came up with some ways to upgrade Windows 10 to 11 for those PCs which do not have the requirements. Here, we are going to tell you all about upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 without TPM.
What is TPM 2.0?
TPM, the short form of Trusted Platform Module, was unknown to many people before windows 11 was presented. It is small hardware that existed for many years. Fundamentally, TPM is a chip embedded in modern PCs or into their processors, and this processor is designed to make PCs safer by stopping the installation of destructive software. It is because many devices are stolen and lost in huge numbers. TPM can be used for coding data that even if it is fallen into the wrong people’s hands, they cannot access to data.
It is a useful characteristic that Microsoft asserted that Windows 11 can only run on PCs with TPM 2.0. This caused many people with powerful PCs and hardware cannot upgrade their devices to Windows 11. Although many people can run their TPM by BIOS or buy a module of TPM 2.0 for their devices, there are some ways to upgrade devices to Windows 11 without the support of TPM 2.0.
Devices with TPM want their users to identify themselves using a PIN code, password, fingerprint, or even a combination of these ways. TPM is the key to devices that you can be sure that they lock safely. Moreover, when it reaches the end of their work-life, it does not go to the recycler with any private data.
It is very difficult to break coding on devices with TPM. Data protected with TPM cannot be unlocked by correct identification, and because each coding key is interpreted independently by the TPM processor. These keys are not vulnerable to attacks that come from software or physical attacks. Devices with TPM can tell the user whether the hardware was added or removed, and they can refuse to work if they detect such an alternation.
Besides, It is not possible to remove the hard disk and put it on other devices to beat the coding because it is only unlocked with the TPM processor that locked it the first time. Even extreme actions like linking the TPM chip to another PC do not work because the TPM processor is connected with the device that was installed the first time. In general, TPM is offered to the businesses that are very important that their data must be secure even if they fall into the wrong hands.
Install Windows 11 without TPM
Microsoft’s Windows 11, was released on October 5, 2021, and many users are looking for a way to install it on their systems who do not have TPM v2.0 or TPM v1.2 or any other processor on their system to be supported.
Method 1. How to Upgrade to Windows 11 with TPM 1.2.
For installing windows 11, you need to download windows 11 in the first place. After running it you receive a message said “This PC can’t run Windows 11.”
Step 1. Allow Upgrade With Unsupported TPM or CPU in Registry.
- Open Registry Editor. To do that: press the Win + R keys to open the run command box.
- Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
- In the text box at the top of the window, type in:
- Press Name the new value as: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU
- Double-click at the newly created value and type 1 at Value Data.
- Close Registry Editor and restart the PC.
Step 2. Download Windows 11 ISO file.
- Navigate to Windows 11 Download page.
- Under the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section:
- Select Windows 11 and click Download.
- Select the product Language and click Confirm.
- Click on 64-bit download button to download Windows 11 in ISO file
- Wait until the Windows 11 ISO download is complete.
Step 3. Install Windows 11 on your computer.
- Double-click at downloaded Windows 11.ISO file.
- Double-click at setup.exe
- At first screen click Next to start the installation of Windows 11.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to install Windows 11.
Method 2. How to Upgrade to Windows 11 without TPM (TPM v2.0 or TPM v1.2).
- Download the Universal MediaCreationTool wrapper for all MCT Windows versions from GitHub. (click Code > Download ZIP)
- Extract the downloaded ZIP file and explore its contents.
- Right-click at MediaCreationTool.bat and select Run as administrator.
* Note: When prompted ask Yes to UAC warning.
- At MCT Version options click 11 to download Windows 11.
- At the 11 MCT Preset options, click Auto ISO. *
* Note: If you want to create a USB installation media to install Windows 11 on another PC, plug an empty USB drive (at least 8GB), and click Auto USB.
- Now wait until MCT (Media Creation Tool) downloads Windows 11. *
* Note: Do not pay attention to the indication that it is “Downloading Windows 10”.
- When all operations completes, “Press any key” on the MCT window and continue to the next step.
- Move again to the same folder where you ran “MediaCreationTool.bat” and you will see a new ISO file named “11 21H2“.
- To upgrade your Windows 10 system to Windows 11, double-click at 11 21H2.ISO file to mount (open it) in Explorer. *
- Double-click at setup.exe to start the installation of Windows 11.
- Click Next at first screen to start Windows 11 Setup.
- Let the system to check for updates and when prompted Accept the license terms.
- Let the system to get the updates.
- At the next screen you’ll be informed that your system doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11. Read the message carefully and click Accept if you want to proceed.
“This PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for running Windows 11 – these requirements help ensure a more reliable and higher quality experience. Installing Windows 11 on this PC is not recommended and may result in compatibility issues. If you proceed with installing Windows 11, your PC will no longer be supported and won’t be entitled to receive updates. Damages to your PC due to lack of compatibility aren’t covered under the manufacturer warranty. By selecting Accept, you are acknowledging that you read and understand this statement.”.
- Click Install if you want to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 by keeping personal files and apps, or click Change what to keep if you want to perform a clean installation or if you want to keep only the personal files.
- Follow the rest instructions to install Windows 11.
Should I run Windows 11 without TPM 2.0?
As we mentioned earlier, it is possible to install windows 11 without TPM 2.0, but is it a good choice? It is understandable that while you have a great PC, you cannot upgrade it to windows 11, but just try this instruction if you are sure that you have to install windows 11. There will be a good reason why Microsoft is persisting in Windows 11 that if your PC does not include it, you will miss all those security benefits. However, Microsoft alerts the issues related to Windows 11 that there is possible damage to unsupported devices.
Microsoft asserts that the device may not work because of these adaptabilities and other problems. For devices that do not support the requirements, there is no guarantee for them to receive updates, especially security updates. Therefore, even if you run windows 11 without TPM 2.0, you may realize that you will no longer receive any updates, and this put your security at risk. For many people, it is recommended not to update their windows into windows 11 if you do not force them to do that. It is a bit frustrating but Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10. Thus, it is not necessary to put your PCs at risk.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 11 if hardware is unsupported?
The answer to this question depends on the circumstance that you have. Windows 11 was released on 5th October 2021, and some devices do not support its requirements. But, Microsoft presented some ways for those PCs that do not support the requirements.
- Yes, Upgrade to Windows 11
If your PC is a spare device that is not important in your daily work, you can upgrade it to windows 11. Also, it is a risk Microsoft may stop releasing the updates if you decide to edit the registry to let Windows 11 install. Another problem is related to the security risks of your device in the production environment. The security setting in TPM 2.0 is not supported on your device.
- No, Do not Upgrade to Windows 11
Windows 10 is supported by Microsoft till 25th October 2025. If you have only one device to work with, and installing Windows is important for you, it is not a good idea to upgrade it from Windows 10 to 11. Keep using Windows 10.
Why you shouldn’t Install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0
TPM and Secure Boot with Trusted Boot obstruct boot file with correction and block boot kits and rootkits. Secure Boot is supported by TPM 1.2, but it is limited to RSA and SHA-1 minifying. There are newer algorithms and crypto options that TPM 2.0 will uphold.
How to upgrade to Windows 11 without losing data?
It is always a better choice to have a backup of your data instead of depending on the upgrades for keeping your data. It is not possible to have too many backups.
If you run the setup of Windows 11 ISO disk while running Windows 10, you have a choice to choose a complete upgrade. This alternative keeps personal files like drivers, apps, and Windows settings.
Windows 11 revert back to Windows 10
If you feel like to downgrading your Windows from 11 to 10, you can do this up to the 10 first days of installing Windows 11, otherwise, you will lose all files of your Windows 10. Therefore, the only way to go back to Windows 10 is to reinstall Windows 10.
For reverting back to Windows 10 within 10 days, follow the instruction below:
Start menu > Setting > Windows Update > Advanced options > Recovery > Go back
To sum up, it is not a good choice to upgrade your Windows 10 to 11 if your PCs do not meet the requirements especially if you have one device to work with. It may feel disappointing, but Microsoft will support and develop Windows 10 by 2025. Moreover, with devices without TPM 2.0, there are no other updates and it will put your devices’ security in danger.
I have Asrock z390 pro4 , in CPU Configuration —> Trusted Computing there is no choice of tpm (PTT) writes No Security device found. found on off.the speck site of the motherboard and there is a TPM connector, further more interesting, I found a connector on the photos only it is called tpms1 and there are 17 pins for it, the question is, where to buy this connector separately??
Guide for ASRock Motherboards:
Go to the BIOS, then to Advanced (advanced)—> CPU Configuration and there will be an item about enabling TPM (I chose AMD fTPM, I have Ryzen)
Can I upgrade to Windows 11 without a TPM?
The short answer is no. TPM support is a requirement for Windows 11.
The longer answer is that Microsoft can provide OEM and custom Windows 11 images to individual companies without requiring a TPM.