Windows 11 Installation: How to Bypass Secure Boot for Windows 11

Unlike previous Windows, Windows 11 has a rigid set of minimum requirements. If your PC or laptop does not meet them, Microsoft will likely rate your system as unsupported for Windows 11. The good news is that there are ways around the Windows 11 minimum requirements. For example, you can bypass Windows 11 minimum requirements. the TPM 2.0 requirement using a small script hack. In this article, we’ll see how you can handle Windows 11’s requirement to enable Secure Boot.

Check whether secure boot is enabled or not

Secure Boot is a UEFI interface feature that protects your system during boot. It protects the PC from malware infections and attacks from spoofed boot loaders, operating system files, unauthorized option ROMs, etc. If an anomaly is detected, Secure Boot blocks the file or program before it can infect the entire system.

Most PCs and laptops have Secure Boot enabled. If you want to check its condition,

1. Go to the beginning.

2. Find System Information and click on it.

3. In the System Summary, search for “Secure Boot State”.

4. Check whether Secure Boot is enabled or not.

While you’re at it, also check which BIOS mode you’re using. If it reads UEFI, it means Secure Boot is available for the device whether it is enabled or not.

How to bypass secure boot to install Windows 11

If you are running Legacy BIOS, you have the option to switch to UEFI firmware type. However, this is a complicated process that risks destroying the entire system. A simpler option would be to simply bypass the Secure Boot requirement for installing Windows 11. The workaround is to use the Rufus tool to create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive that has Secure Boot detection disabled. Here’s what you need –

  1. Download the latest version of Rufus and open the app.
  2. Select the USB drive from the Device drop-down menu.
  3. Click Select and locate the Windows 11 ISO file.
  4. Select the Extended installation of Windows 11 option from the Image option drop-down menu.
  5. Select MBR under Partition scheme. If you are running UEFI, select GPT.
  6. Rename the drive as volume.
  7. You can change the advanced format settings or keep them as they are.
  8. Click the Start button and then click OK to confirm.

Once the process is complete, Rufus will create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive that can bypass Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 requirements. You can use it to install Windows 11 on any unsupported PC.

How to enable Secure Boot to install Windows 11

If Secure Boot is disabled, you can enable it in the UEFI firmware settings. Follow the instructions below to fix the Windows 11 secure boot requirement.

  1. Go to Start and open Settings.

2. Click Update & Security.

3. In the sidebar, click Recovery.

4. Click Restart now in the Advanced startup section.

5. Click Troubleshoot, then click Advanced Options.

6. Click UEFI firmware settings and click Restart.

7. On the BIOS screen, go to the Boot tab.

8. Navigate to the Secure Boot option and press Enter. Select Enabled.

Alternatively, you can access the motherboard firmware settings by repeatedly pressing the F12 key as soon as your PC starts up. It may be a different key to open firmware settings depending on the device manufacturer.

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