Windows 11 is in high demand by many who desired to have a feel of the amazing great features that come with it. To those who desired to do and have their hope cut-off when Microsoft released the official requirements for systems that can install Windows 11. This requirement also particularly requires that you have a system with TPM 2.0 support. But in a situation whereby your PC doesn’t have the supported TPM nor the processor that meets the official requirement you will definitely want to fall back to running Windows 11 on a Virtual Machine Manager solution like Oracle VirtualBox Manager. To get started, what you need is to download and install the Oracle VirtualBox here.
It’s so unfortunate that even with the plan-B option, that’s using the VirtualBox Manager, you will not still be able to run windows 11 because the resources that are required by the VirtualBox to run Windows 11 are dependent on that of your host Machine. So definitely, if your host machine doesn’t have the supported TPM you cannot install Windows 11 in VirtualBox because Oracle VirtualBox is yet to support TPM. I guess that might be done in the future which is not predictable right now!
Let’s Get started
Before I go on, you may likely want to upgrade your host system to Windows 11. Check out this guide on how to upgrade Windows 10 with an unsupported CPU and TPM 1.0 to Windows 11. If you had recently upgraded your VirtualBox Manager v6.1.28 from v6.1.26 and got an error of your VM failing to launch, see the guide on how to fix “Failed to open session in VirtualBox to install Windows 11 Image” .
Now let’s do the real work for today. Having downloaded and installed your VirtualBox, do the following to create your Windows 11 VM. If you haven’t downloaded the Windows 11 ISO file yet, download it here.
The steps to create Windows 11 VM in VirtualBox are as follows:
Launch the VirtualBox, and Click on
NEW. At this point, you will give your VM a name. Here, I name it Windows 11. Leave the version as 64-bits.
2. Click Next to set the Memory Size, bear in mind that the minimum required RAM size is 4096MB
3. Click Next & Select the
Create a Virtual hard disk now!
4. Click Create & Select the VDI (Virtual Disk Image) option and set it to
Dynamically allocated and not
Fixed size. You can specify any size of virtual hard disk you wish but bear in mind that this will take from the size of your host PC hard disk. I will recommend 100GB. That’s what I’m using for this demonstration.
Now that we have successfully created the Windows 11 VM without starting it, let’s go over to the settings option within the VirtualBox to mount the Windows 11 ISO file we downloaded earlier. Follow the steps below to do so:
> Empty > Select the Live CD/DVD > Click the Disk Icon
As you can see the ISO file has been mounted. Next is for us to start the Virtual Machine by clicking on
When you click Start to start the Virtual Machine, you will be prompted to press any KEY to boot from CD ROM just as you would while loading it on your host PC. The interface similar to the screenshot below will appear.
At this point, Click on
I don't have a Product Key to take you to the next screen as shown below.
Select the version most desired for you. Here, we’re selecting Windows 11 Pro. Doing so might make your excitement drop 🙄 as you will be shown the ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11’ notice on the next interface. But you don’t have to worry that’s why this guide is here to put a smile on your face once again😂
Now what you need to do is power off the Virtual Machine.
Solve the Unsupported PC Problem by editing the Windows Registry Editor
To solve this, start the Virtual Machine again. You should see a screen looking like the one we have before. But at this stage, press
Shift + F10 as shown below. This will bring up the Command Prompt (cmd) screen.
In the cmd screen, type
regedit . Follow
System > Setup.
Next, Right-click on the
Setup folder, and click
New > Key give it a name as
LabConfig. You need to type it exactly as stated here.
Next, select and double-click the
LabConfig folder to open it. With the
LabConfig folder open, click
New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Name it
BypassSecureBootCheck. Double-click the
BypassSecureBootCheck and edit the value data. Replace the initial value which is zero
7 zeros and 1 (00000001) or just put 1 only, and click Okay.
Secondly, we are going to create a new
Dword (32-bit) value. Name it as
BypassTPMCheck. Double-click it to rename the value to the same value as given in
We are now done with Registry Editor. Close both the Registry Editor and the Command Prompt, and continue with the installation.
This time your smile 😂 is real because you have just succeeded in installing and running Windows 11 in VirtualBox Manager. Cheers and Congratulations!!👏