Only with TPM 2.0 can you run Windows 11 on Virtual Machines

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  • Many users found ingenious ways to bypass some of the strict requirements for running Windows 11, and their number is not small.
  • However, Microsoft is about to make some changes that will prevent them from further cheating the process, by adding extra security measures.
  • Running Windows 11 on Virtual Machines will be also based on the device in question having TPM 2.0 installed, so no more backdooring.
  • From what we understand, this message was directed to Insiders from the Dev channel, at least for the time being.
Windows 11 Virtual Machine

As we all know, Microsoft released a new Dev build of Windows 11, and its updated changelog includes mandating the TPM 2.0 requirement for VMs soon.

Users with unsupported hardware for the upcoming OS, running it in VMs should make a point of it, but as it’s not mentioned in the Beta channel, they can relax for now.

We are sure that everybody remembers the fact that TPM 2.0 is a mandatory hardware requirement for the new operating system.

No TPM 2.0, no Windows 11 on VMs

Given the fact that Microsoft considers security as one of the critical components in Windows 11, it made sure that Trusted Platform Module was a must-have for people wanting to transition to the future OS.

If you forgot what it is, TPM is a security component in system hardware that performs the encryption functions like device security, disk encryption, etc.

But this won’t stop enthusiasts with unsupported hardware from coming up with various ways to skip this requirement and force Windows 11 to run on limited hardware. 

One of the ways you can achieve this is by running it via a Virtual machine (VM). These create an internal environment within your computer to run other supported OS in them.

Until now, users can run the Windows 11 test builds in VMs without any issues, as this includes bypassing the TPM 2.0 requirement too.

However, this is all about to change soon. In the updated blog of changes brought in the newly released build 22458, Microsoft noted that VMs running Windows 11 should have TPM 2.0 support for continuing so.

Like we said earlier, this is only mentioned in the Dev channel for now, which is meant for testing new features and often contains more bugs than the Beta channel, which is almost ready for a stable release.

Since this new OS started a few months ago, the TPM hardware requirement caused quite a surge of mixed feelings from the community, However, waters are beginning to calm a bit, as people are understanding its purpose.

We’re sure that Microsoft will come with more ingenious and aggressive ways to prohibit users from trying to exploit the upcoming operating system without meeting the established prerequisites for it in the first place.

Only time will tell, and since we are so close to Windows 11 actually launching, we might see results sooner than later.

Have you tried running the new OS on a Virtual Machine yet? If so, share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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