Windows 11 Desktop Information - Installation, configuration, and other hopefully useful information for those having to use this latest edition of Microsoft's End-User operating system
Windows 11 comes in numerous end-user editions/versions, from the basic "Home" edition, through the "Enterprise" version, with a "Pro" version in between. There's even a new "Tiny" version which has much lower system resource requirements compared to the other versions.
All versions of Windows 11 are 64-Bit operating systems.
Windows 11 has much higher hardware requirements compared to other previous version of windows. One of hardware requirements, TPM, is of major concern when installing or upgrading to Windows 11, which prevents many users from installing it on older computers. Another requirement is "Secure Boot", which is part of newer computer systems firmware UEFI, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, which is the modern version of older computer's BIOS bootup settings. Also, Windows 11 has much higher RAM memory requirements, at a minimum 4 GB, but really runs best with 8 GB or more.
Fortunately, the Windows registry can be hacked in order to fool the Windows 11 installation program into thinking the existing hardware is sufficient for installation. Here are the steps to hack the registry in order to install Windows 11 on computers that otherwise would not allow for the installation of Windows 11.
The first step is to boot up the new computer Windows 11 is being installed on, using the Windows 11 installation media, which should be "burned" onto a USB flash drive so that it's bootable. The process of doing so is well documented on the internet, so I will not go into the details here, but will add a section to this wiki when time permits on the process to create a bootable USB flash drive for installing Windows, and other operating systems. As Windows 11 uses the UEFI firmware to boot up, the process to create a bootable USB flash drive is a little more involved than a simple "dd" command from the Linux command line. Most people use a utility like "Rufus" to properly create the bootable USB flash drive, but there are tons of alternative, so use your favorite.
After booting up the Windows 11 installation from the USB flash drive, at the very first screen, the "Windows Setup" screen showing "Language to install", "Time and currency format", and "Keyboard or input method", your screen should look like this:
Use Shift-F10 to bring up a command prompt console and then run "regedit" without the quotes to start the Windows Registry Editor.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup and create a new key in the Setup