Microsoft: OEMs can still ship some Windows 11 PCs without TPM

Windows 11 TPM OEM

Microsoft announced Windows 11 on June 24 and teased a bunch of
design improvements, including a new Start Menu,
Action Center with music controls, upgraded
Windows Settings,
support for Android apps on all PCs, and more.

At the same time, Microsoft announced that not all PCs are
upgradeable to the new operating system if they don’t have
newer processors and a TPM 2.0 chip.

The confusion is tied to what Windows 10 configurations will be
upgradable to the new Windows. For those already using newer
processors, the new system requirement comes down to one thing:
TPM 2.0 chip support or Firmware-based Trusted Platform Module
(fTPM) 2.0.

According to Microsoft officials, the security aspect of
Windows 11 is important which is why the company has made the
TPM 2.0 mandatory. If you’ve TPM 1.2 or don’t have TPM at all,
you won’t receive the new upgrade, if Microsoft’s updated
documents are to be believed.

It turns out that TPM, which is important for security
according to Microsoft, is not mandatory for all systems. With
prior approval from Microsoft, TPM is not required for “special
purpose” devices.

According to Microsoft, these will be custom orders and
requirements will be relaxed on approval from the company.

“Upon approval from Microsoft, OEM systems for special purpose
commercial systems, custom order, and customer systems with a
custom image are not required to ship with a TPM support
enabled,” Microsoft noted in a new document.

Microsoft TPM document

In other words, OEMs can still build and ship devices without

The same document has also confirmed that Windows 11 will run
in any virtual machine without any of the TPM checks.

Microsoft is apparently working on a new method or installation
media image whereby the TPM requirement can be
bypassed. In fact,
existing users can also bypass the TPM 2.0 requirement by
modifying their registry or installation media, according to
the leaked build.

It’s not about TPM

If you’ve TPM 2.0 key installed, there’s another issue: CPU
requirement for Windows 11.

If you have a 7th gen chipset or older, you will not able to
install the new operating system. To run Windows 11, Microsoft
says the 8th gen processor, AMD Ryzen 2000 or newer is required
with TPM 2.0 support and 4GB of RAM.

If you’re not sure whether your PC meets the necessary hardware
requirements, you can download and run Micorosft’s PC Health Check
software, which was recently updated with more clarity on
upgrade blocks and their workarounds.

Installing the new operating system on existing systems without
TPM and newer CPU is officially unsupported and users will
receive “This PC can’t run Windows 11” errors.

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