How to create an installation USB key for incompatible computers

Easily install Windows 11 on a computer that is not officially supported using a modified USB drive.

Just a year ago, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11, the new version of its operating system. At the time, the new features of Windows 11 had something to tempt them. Microsoft’s new operating system introduced a completely redesigned interface and incorporated new tools designed to improve productivity. This new version of Windows was also introduced as specifically designed to provide a better experience for players. Microsoft also created a surprise by announcing the arrival of a more open Microsoft Store, above all by introducing native support for Android apps (which is still expected in the stable version of the OS).

Unfortunately, Microsoft quickly attracted the ire of users. To install Windows 11, Redmond required a minimum configuration and left a handful of computers, while still gritty, on the sidelines. Little by little, the hackers looked into the matter and were able to circumvent these restrictions to install Windows 11 on devices that do not meet the criteria set by Microsoft. However, manipulating to get there was not within the reach of the first comer.

Then other, much simpler solutions began to appear. The publisher of Rufus, a tool for creating USB operating system installation keys, has integrated it directly into its software. The utility is now able to create a modified installation media capable of bypassing Microsoft’s requirements for installing Windows 11

1. Download Rufus

Start by downloading the excellent Rufus tool. This free and open source software is a reference for creating USB keys to install an operating system. The latest 3.19 update includes several options for creating Windows 11 installation media that are able to bypass Microsoft’s basic requirements. Rufus allows you to install Windows 11 on devices that don’t have a Secure Boot or TPM 2.0 chip, all without a Microsoft account.

Download Rufus for Windows (free)

Download Rufus Portable for Windows (free)

2. Download the Windows ISO image

To create your own installation media, you will need a Windows 11 installation image in .ISO format. This is the image you’ll use in Rufus to create your Windows 11 installation USB key. Microsoft allows you to download a Windows 11 installation image for free from their website.

Download Windows 11 ISO (free)

Once on the download page, locate the font Download a Windows 11 disk image (ISO)choose your version of Windows from the drop-down list, then click the button Download.

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Then select the language of the Windows 11 disk image to download and click on it confirmed.

Windows 11 ISO
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Microsoft must then generate a unique download link for Windows 11 in French. Click the button download 64 bit to download the file.

Windows 11 ISO
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3. Rufus composition

Connect the USB key to your computer and open Rufus. In principle, the tool automatically selects the USB drive you just inserted from the drop-down list peripheral.

Now click the button Selectionthen choose the Windows 11 ISO disk image that you just downloaded to your computer.

Rufus for Windows 11
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4. Create a USB key

Now click the button to start. Then a popup should appear showing several options.

Make sure that the option Remove the need for secure boot and TPM 2.0 It has been properly checked. If your computer does not have at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of disk space, check the second option as well.

Finally, if you want to be able to install Windows 11 on your PC without having to sign in with a Microsoft account, select the last option, Remove the need to use a Microsoft account online.

Rufus for Windows 11
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Finally click yes To start creating your Windows 11 installer, then again yes In the pop-up alert that all data on the USB key will be erased.

When the process is complete, Rufus will indicate that your Windows 11 installation USB drive is ready. You will then only have to start your computer on this bootable device to install Windows 11 bypassing Microsoft’s restrictions.

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