Windows 11: how to bypass TPM checks during dynamic updates
Windows 11 users who have installed Microsoft's operating system on devices that don't meet the minimum system requirements may have run into troubles installing recent updates. Updates may fail to install on these devices and users may be puzzled as to why that is happening.
Microsoft did announce previously that it would not guarantee that any kind of updates would install on devices that would not meet Windows 11's minimum system requirements. It appears that some updates check for requirements, and if these are not met, won't install on devices.
Windows users who want to install Windows 11 on devices that don't meet the system requirements can do so easily. While Microsoft did publish a warning stating that users were on their own if they did so, it did release instructions for installing Windows 11 on incompatible devices.
Not all updates may fail, but users who run into the issue may wonder what they can do about it. Is there a way to bypass the minimum requirements again to get the failing updates to install? Yes, indeed there is.
Here is what you need to do:
- Open the GitHub project website of the MediaCreationTool.bat utility.
- Select Code > Download ZIP.
- Extract the ZIP on the target system.
- Open the folder bypass11.
- Right-click on Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd and select run as administrator.
- If "Windows protected your PC" is displayed, select More info > Run anyway.
- Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.
A command prompt window opens that confirms that the bypass has been installed on the system. You may run the script again at any time to remove the bypass again from the system.
A comment at the top of the file reveals that it uses a /Product Server trick for the bypass.
v7 dynamically skips the anti-consumer windows 11 setup checks via /Product Server trick
it is most reliable, and only has a 'Windows Server' label cosmetic-ish difference
It is advised to create a backup of the system before you make any change to it, including this one. You may load the cmd file in a plain text editor to look at the code and make sure that it is legitimate.
Microsoft's overall strategy in regards to incompatible systems is quite puzzling to many users. The company did publish instructions, with a scary sounding disclaimer, on installing Windows 11 on incompatible systems. Users who did upgrade their devices using the instructions or installed Windows 11 anew may now run into these roadblocks.
Microsoft did make it clear that these installations were not supported and that updates might not be delivered to these devices, but is there really a technical reason for the failure or did Microsoft add these checks on purpose?
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