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Windows 11 may support systems without TPM

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11 last week with a new set of minimum system requirements to run the operating system. The one causing the most trouble right now is the requirement for TPM 2.0, but there is already talk of workarounds for this. 

According to the PDF (via Tom’s Hardware) detailing the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, OEM special-purpose commercial systems, custom order systems, and customer systems with a custom image may get Windows 11 without requiring support for TPM 2.0.

If Microsoft will allow systems lacking TPM 2.0 to install Windows 11, it is possible that unofficial workarounds will be able to bypass the requirement entirely.

The requirement of TPM has been quite controversial since its announcement. Initially, Microsoft stated that TPM 1.2 was the minimum, and TPM 2.0 would be recommended. Since then, it has updated the requirements and made TPM 2.0 the minimum. This requirement not only severely limits the systems that can be upgraded to Windows 11, but it is also causing a shortage of TPM hardware modules.

The list of supported CPUs is also somewhat disappointing. To install Windows 11, you’ll need at least a 2nd gen AMD Ryzen or an 8th gen Intel processor or newer.

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