The release of Windows 11, the newest operating system developed by Microsoft, was recently announced and the time of release is set for this fall. Among other information about the upcoming OS, it was also made clear that Windows 11 won’t be officially available for Mac computers. The reason for this is the requirement for TPM 2.0 support that a computer’s CPU would need to have in order to run Windows 11. Most Macs don’t have a TPM 2.0 chip on their CPUs, and even the ones that have it don’t have official support for it from Apple. What this basically means is that no Mac would officially be able to run the Windows 11 OS. However, if you really need to be able to install and use Windows 11 on your Mac once the OS is released, there might be a roundabout way to do so. In this post, we will tell you more about this roundabout way.
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Requirements for Windows 11 on Mac
Before we get any further, we must first say that, while you may be able to circumvent the TPM 2.0 support requirement, your Mac should still need the other requirements that Windows 11 has. The most essential of them are:
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of free storage space
- A 64-bit processor with at least two cores and no less than 1GHz clock speed for each core
- GPU that supports DirectX 12
If any of those requirements are not met, not even the roundabout method we are about to show you will let you run Windows 11 on your Mac.
Also, another note we need to make is that if your Mac only meets the minimal requirements (the ones listed above) and doesn’t go beyond them, it’s probably better to not try to install Windows 11 on it because the computer’s performance almost certainly suffer from this, and you won’t be able to use the machine effectively.
How to install Windows 11 on Mac
Before you start, here are the things that you will need to make this work:
- A Mac that meets all of the Windows 11 requirements except the TPM 2.0 one.
- A Windows 10 ISO file
- A Windows 11 ISO file
- A file maker app
Creating a custom Windows 11 ISO file
Once you have everything in place, it is time to start:
- Right-click on the Windows 11 ISO file, select/hover the cursor over Open With, and from the submenu select the DiskImageMounter option.
- Copy everything from the install media contained in the ISO file, create a new folder on the Desktop, and place the copied files in it.
- Once the files have been copied into the new folder, right-click the Windows 11 ISO file and select the Eject option.
- Now, in the same way, open the Windows 10 ISO file, and go to the Sources folder.
- Copy the install.wim file and paste it onto your Desktop.
- Close the DiskImageMounter window, right-click the Windows 10 ISO file, and select Eject.
- Right-click on the install.wim file that you copied onto your Desktop and select Get Info.
- Go to Name & Extension and change the name of the file to Install.esd.
- Open the new folder on your Desktop where you copied the contents of the Windows 11 ISO file.
- Go to the Sources folder and delete from it the Install.esd file.
- Move the Install.esd file that’s on your Desktop to the Sources folder.
- Download any file maker app from the Mac App Store and then use it to convert the new folder on your Desktop that contains the Windows 11 files into an ISO file.
Installing Windows 11 on Mac
- Open Finder > Applications > Utilities and start the Boot Camp Assistant utility.
- When the app opens, click on Continue and wait for it to load.
- Click on Choose, find the new ISO file for Windows 11 (the one you created with the file maker), select it, and click Next.
- Next, choose the partition sizes by dragging the dot and make sure that you give the Windows partition enough storage space (we remind you that at least 64GB of free space is required for the Windows 11 OS). We advise you to give the Windows 11 partition at least 100GB of free storage space. Naturally, you must make sure that you have that much free space on your Mac, to begin with.
- Now click on Install and wait for your Mac to restart.
- When the computer restarts, pick your preferred language, select a country, and keyboard input mode.
- On the next screen, when asked to type in a product key, click on the I don’t have a product key option to continue.
- Next, it is advisable to select the Windows 11 Home version, but you can opt for another one if you want.
- Click on Next, agree to the Terms and Conditions, and select Next again to launch the Installation.
- Patiently wait for the process to complete and when it does and your Mac restarts, you will be asked to log into your Microsoft account – if you don’t have one, skip this step. In case you want to create a Microsoft account, you can do so from this page.
- After Windows loads, the Bootcamp driver installation wizard should appear on your monitor – follow the prompts in it to complete the installation of the drivers required to run Windows 11.
- Once the driver installation finishes, restart your Mac, and it should boot into Windows 11.
Switching between the different partitions
Lastly, we must tell you how to switch between the Windows 11 and the macOS petitions on your Mac.
- Shut down your Mac, press the Power button, and then immediately press and hold down the Option button.
- Wait until a screen shows up in which you can choose between the different partitions and use the arrow keys to switch to the one you want to use.
- Press Enter to boot your Mac into the chosen partition (and the OS that’s installed on it).