Rufus (opens in new tab) is a great tool for burning ISO images so that you can install Windows 11 (opens in new tab) onto your systems. It works with lots of operating systems, is small, and it does the job efficiently and without fuss. It's a great tool to have in your arsenal. And that was before the latest beta release dropped, which somehow makes it even more useful.
The latest Rufus 3.16 beta build (via Computerbase (opens in new tab)) introduces a new 'Extended' installation mode (opens in new tab) for Windows 11 that allows you to tweak the install at the ISO burning stage to essentially turn off some of the annoying system requirements for Microsoft's latest OS.
Specifically, this Beta allows you to ignore the demand for TPM 2.0 (opens in new tab), Secure Boot, and the minimum requirement for 8GB of system RAM.
Microsoft's demand for TPM 2.0 has been frustrating, as plenty of capable machines don't support it, so easily sidestepping it is a welcome tweak. I'm less convinced that you'll actually want to use Windows 11 on a machine with less than 8GB, but there could be some edge case where it absolutely makes sense.
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This 'Extended' mode is still in Beta, so you won't find it on the main download page, but rather on the Other versions (GitHub) (opens in new tab) and Other versions (FossHub) (opens in new tab) pages instead.
Once you've downloaded the beta release, grab the Windows 11 ISO image as normal, and you'll be able to select Extended Windows 11 Installation in the 'Image option' box.
That's it. After creating the bootable USB stick as normal, you won't have to worry about whether the machine you're installing it on has TPM 2.0 support, Secure Boot, or enough memory. Nice one Rufus. You're even more useful now.