Windows 11

Install Windows 11 without TPM Registry Hack

Install Windows 11 without TPM Registry Hack

Highlights

  • If you attempt to install a clean version of Windows 11 in a VM or physical hardware without a proper TPM device, you will see the following error message displayed.
  • Microsoft has evidently turned on the “flag” for the GA media to check for a proper TPM hardware device, whereas this check is turned off in the Preview releases.
  • As it turns out, there is a registry hack that allows you to install Windows 11 without a TPM device.

With the release of Windows 11 to the masses as the GA release has landed, many are attempting to perform upgrades and clean installs of Windows 11 GA. However, if you are like me, you ran into issues with the GA media, where you didn’t before with the Preview builds. Microsoft has evidently turned on the “flag” for the GA media to check for a proper TPM hardware device, whereas this check is turned off in the Preview releases. As it turns out, there is a registry hack that allows you to install Windows 11 without a TPM device. Let’s look and see how this can easily be implemented in your environment to install the latest Microsoft client OS.

Error during the Windows 11 installation with no TPM

There have been rumblings and countless blog posts covering the detail that Windows 11 would require a TPM device to install and upgrade. What is a TPM device anyway? TPM is Trusted Platform Module and refers to a small passive device equipped in most modern systems that serve as a passive security storage device. It stores highly sensitive cryptographic information such as encryption keys, credentials, and other information.

Below is a picture of a Supermicro branded TPM add-in card. You can retrofit your motherboard with a TPM device if the motherboard is equipped with the header for the TPM connection.

Supermicro hardware TPM chip 2.0 1
Supermicro hardware TPM chip 2.0 1

The long and short of the TPM is that it is a good thing for security, but not so good if you have

If you attempt to install a clean version of Windows 11 in a VM or physical hardware without a proper TPM device, you will see the following error message displayed.

This PC cant run Windows 11 error
This PC cant run Windows 11 error

Install Windows 11 without TPM Registry Hack

At this point, you can “X” out of the error screen which will take you back to the Install Windows install screen. At this point, press SHIFT+F10 to get to a command prompt.

Press SHIFTF10 to get to the command prompt during setup
Press SHIFTF10 to get to the command prompt during setup

Now that you have the command prompt displayed, type in regedit and hit ENTER.

Launch the registry editor from the command prompt
Launch the registry editor from the command prompt

It launches regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > Setup and create the key LabConfig.

Create a new Setup key called LabConfig
Create a new Setup key called LabConfig

Once you create the LabConfig key, create a new DWORD value called BypassTPMCheck with a value of 1.

Create the BypassTPMCheck DWORD entry
Create the BypassTPMCheck DWORD entry

Now, just exit registry editor, the command prompt, and X out of the install error if this is still up. It will go back to the install screen. Rerun the install, select your edition and it should go right past the installation error before without a TPM hardware device.

Windows 11 begins installing without a TPM
Windows 11 begins installing without a TPM

Video of the Windows 11 install without TPM registry hack

Windows 11 install without TPM registry hack

Wrapping Up

This process to Install Windows 11 without TPM Registry Hack is simple and easy and doesn’t require much effort. As shown, it can even be done right from the installation screen without exiting the setup, creating special media, etc. As expected, this isn’t supported by Microsoft for production systems. However, this should be a great workaround for Lab environments and other testing purposes where a TPM device is not available.

Organizations are certainly going to have to evaluate their hardware before upgrading to Windows 11 and ensure system requirements are met appropriately before performing upgrades or installing Windows 11 images.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at Virtualizationhowto.com and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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