Windows 11 without compulsion: Rufus 3.16 Beta creates media without TPM and Secure Boot

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The system tool Rufus can adapt the system images of Windows 11 accordingly so that the various specifications and constraints, such as TPM 2.0, Secure Boot and 4 GB of RAM, are no longer required for the installation media created with it. In addition to this “Extended” option, a portable “Windows 11 To Go” can also be implemented.

The further readjusted system requirements of Windows 11 as well as the specifications for TPM 2.0 and a system firmware based on UEFI based and thus the ability to Secure Boot must have are a major annoyance for many users, which is why the first reactions from the community are extremely cautious to negative. Around 63 percent of readers do not want to install the new Microsoft operating system for the time being.

The slim system tool Rufus 3.16 now helps to solve the corresponding constraints a little. After Rufus 3.16 Beta was able to offer initial support for Windows 11, Rufus 3.16 Beta 2 is now going one step further and offers an “Extended” mode, which overrides all restrictions for the installation media created with the tool.

According to the official Release Notes system images, so-called ISO files, are adapted accordingly so that the requirements for TPM, UEFI / Secure Boot and at least 4 GB of RAM are not required.

In addition, the compatibility of the system tool under Windows 11 has been further improved.

  • Fix ISO mode support for Red Hat 8.2+ and derivatives
  • Fix BIOS boot support for Arch derivatives
  • Fix removal of some boot entries for Ubuntu derivatives
  • Fix log not being saved on exit
  • Add Windows 11 “Extended” installation support (Disables TPM / Secure Boot / RAM requirements)
  • Add UEFI Shell ISO downloads (retroactively applied through FIDO)
  • Add support for Intel NUC card readers
  • Improve Windows 11 support
  • Improve Windows version reporting
  • Speed ​​up clearing of MBR / GPT

Rufus 3.16 Beta 2 – Release Notes

The corresponding settings are made with just one click via the UI of Rufus 3.16 Beta 2, assuming a compatible system image of Windows 11. Then the ISO file is written to an appropriately large USB storage medium via “Start”.

  • Windows 11 as regular installation medium

    Windows 11 as regular installation medium

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    The editorial team of ComputerBase has already addressed this topic several times in reports and published corresponding how-to video instructions and tutorials with which Microsoft’s requirements can be circumvented.

    more on the subject

    • Windows 11 Update: Requirements, Installation, TPM & CPU Requirements

    Most recently, Microsoft itself demonstrated how well-versed users can force the Windows 11 setup on incompatible PCs by intervening in the registry.

    With Rufus 3.16 Beta 2, which can be downloaded as usual from the ComputerBase download area below this message, even less well-read users can now perform a fresh Windows 11 installation on incompatible systems – without official Microsoft support, of course.

    Further information is provided by the Project page on the developer platform GitHub.


    • Rufus

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      Rufus is a free tool to make a USB stick bootable using an image.

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