How to Install Windows 11 on a Mac Without buying Parallels
How to Install Windows 11 on a Mac Without buying Parallels – Since I first started using Windows 95 PCs, I have used almost every version: 98 SE to XP, Vista to 7, 8, and 10. Windows 11 was not missing from my list. However, it presented an additional challenge: I have a MacBook and the installation process is complicated due to restrictions imposed by Microsoft. Being a geek, I refused to let this stop me. I’ll share my experience with installing Windows 11 on Mac.
If your computer is compatible, just follow these steps to upgrade to Windows 11 Easily. Another option is to clean install Windows 11 from the Microsoft ISO image. You can also install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0.
What is the problem with using Windows 11 to run Mac programs? It is possible to use Windows 10 through Boot Camp, however, this does not work for the most recent version of the system. Microsoft has several requirements that prohibit any Apple computers, especially Secure Boot and the TPM security code.
You can search the Internet for instructions on how to install Windows 11 onto Mac using Parallels. This is easy because the program comes with a virtual chip that meets Microsoft’s requirements.
This program is expensive at US$ 99.99 per single purchase. That’s more than R$ 500. This is a significant amount of money for anyone who just wants to test the system, but not so much as those who have to commit.
Although Apple products are known for being costly, a person who has a Mac may not have the means to purchase it. They could also have purchased a used model or given it as a gift.
Because I am a cheapskate, I searched to find a cheaper way of installing Windows 11 on a Mac. I discovered that you do need to spend money, but that accessories can be very useful later.
Here’s what I did:
- 8 GB flash drive;
- USB-C hub with multiple USB-A ports;
- USB keyboard
- USB mouse
To install Windows 11 on Mac, I can’t lie and say that I didn’t spend any. I bought the Logitech MK470 combo keyboard and mouse for R$200. I also purchased a Hub with 4 USB ports from Shopee, for which R$40 was paid. This is a lot less than Parallels and I can use these accessories on other devices or with my MacBook with an external monitor (like I am now).
You can install Windows 11 using the following method on Mac Mini, MacBook, or iMac, but your computer must have an Intel CPU. The following procedure does not apply to models equipped with Apple Silicon, Apple M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max. The bootloader is different on older Macs, and Windows 11 ARM does not have drivers for these chips.
Reserve space for Windows 11 installation on Mac
O 11 needs at least 64 GB of storage for installation. To install it, you will need to create a partition that’s at least that big and uses FAT files. (macOS can’t create NTFS volumes.
Make sure you have a backup, as the following steps could cause file loss. Let’s partition.
- Open Disk Utility, which is already installed on macOS
- Click View, and then select Show All Devices.
- In the sidebar, choose the Apple SSD
- Click Partition in the top bar
- To add a new partition, click on the + (plus sign), below the pie chart.
- Click Add Partition
- Enter a Name (can also be “Windows 11”), and in Size enter a value at least 64 GB
- Only then, select the MSDOS format (FAT) and click Apply.
Windows 11 has been set up; now it is time to download.
To install Windows 11 on Mac, create a USB stick
We need to get Windows 11 from Microsoft and save it to a USB stick so that it can be detected when the Mac boots (or starts).
Let’s begin with Windows 11:
- visit to download Windows 11.
- Scroll down to Windows 11 Disk Image ISO, choose Windows 11 from the dropdown list, and then click
- Another list will be displayed for you to select the language. Click on Confirm or 64-bit Download.
Now it’s time to format your flash drive. The hub was required because my MacBook has USB-C ports and I have a USB-A model.
Do the following as Windows 11 downloads:
- Insert the flash drive to the Mac
- Open Disk Utility, click View, and then select Show All Devices.
- Select your pen drive. It must have a gold icon (not a silver).
- Click on the top bar.
- In the window that opens Give the Pendrive name (it could be “Windows11”), and choose the exFAT file format and the main boot record (MBR).
- Click Erase
Let’s now create your bootable USB stick! These are the steps to follow after Windows 11 has been downloaded.
- Double-click to open the ISO file
- go to the Desktop (desktop) and open the volume that appeared – it should have a name similar to CCCOMA_X64FRE_PT-BR_DV9;
- In the window that opens, select right and select all. Click to select Copy
- Go back to the Desk (desktop), and double-click on the Pendrive that you just formatted.
- In the window that opens, Right -click in an empty space and then click Paste
Boot Camp can be placed on the USB stick to configure the Mac
A tip is to install Windows 11 on Mac before you do anything. It contains the Boot Camp support software. This includes the drivers for the keyboard, touchpad and Touch Bar. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and many other functions.
- Insert the USB stick to the Mac and then open Boot Camp assistant on macOS.
- Follow the path Action> Download Support software for Windows from the menu bar.
- In the window that opens select the flash drive from the Where box and then clicks Save
It’s almost time, to tell the truth! First, let your Mac boot from the USB stick. So:
- disable from your Mac
- To activate recovery mode, press the power button while holding the Command + R keys quickly.
- In the menu bar click on Utilities then on Startup Safety Utility
- In the window that opens click to enter your macOS password… or to set your password.
- Click Medium Security, then click Allow Booting from External or Removable Media
- Click Close or Shut Down Your Mac.
Install Windows 11 and you can skip the TPM requirement
We are now ready to install Windows 11 for Mac. Microsoft and Apple have made it difficult: To install Windows 11 on Mac, the TPM security chips must be installed. Macs do not have them. The installer also doesn’t recognize your MacBook’s touchpad or keyboard, so you will need a separate keyboard.
It is important to note that Bluetooth accessories won’t work because Windows 11 doesn’t have the drivers necessary to recognize them. This limitation was apparent when I tried. A wireless keyboard and mouse can be used, just like mine. However, they must have a USB transmitter to work.
Let’s get to it.
- With the Mac off, plug in the USB stick, keyboard, and mouse
- Hold the Option Key and press the power button
- Click EFI boot to install Windows 11
- You will be able to select the keyboard language from a screen. This depends on which keyboard you have. It can be Portuguese, Brazil ABNT2 or the United States (international).
- Do not click Install Now – instead, press Shift + HTML10 to open a command prompt
- Type Regedit, and hit Enter
- in Registry Editor, navigate to the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup ;
- in Setup folder, right? Click and follow the path > Key.
- Enter the LabConfig name and click OK.
- Open the LabConfig Fold and right-click to follow the path > DWORD (32 bits) Value
- create the following values: BypassTPMCheck , then BypassRAMCheck , then BypassSecureBootCheck ;
- Double-click BypassTPMCheck. Enter the number 1 in the Value data box and click OK. This will bypass the TPM 2.0 requirements.
- repeat the process for BypassRAMCheck and BypassSecureBootCheck – all must have the value 1;
- close Command Prompt and Registry Editor
- Now, click Install
- On the next screen, click No product key
- Choose Windows 11 Pro Version
- Follow the onscreen instructions from Microsoft –
Why should you install Windows 11 Pro for Mac? The Home version of Windows 11 Pro requires a Microsoft account login. This requires an internet connection. However, the system does not have Wi-Fi drivers so you will be stuck at a configuration screen. Pro versions let you create a local account.
The tests were done on a MacBook. These connection problems might not be an issue if you have an iMac, Mac Mini, or Mac Mini connected to an Ethernet network. In this case, it doesn’t matter if Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 Home is installed.
Install Boot Camp for Windows 11 on your Mac
Windows 11 won’t likely be able to connect to the internet. It’s just not equipped with Wi-Fi drivers. The keyboard and touchpad are also not working – at least not yet.
You will need to Install Boot Camp. But that’s easy, we already have it on the USB stick. Let’s get started:
- Turn off, Mac. Turn it on again. Hold the Option Key.
- Select Windows 11 for the best results
- In File Explorer, select the USB Stick and then follow the path WindowsSupport> Bootcamp.
- Double-click the set.exe file to download Boot Camp software.
- Once everything is in order, restart the computer.
After this, the touchpad and keyboard built into the MacBook will function normally under Windows.
The AMD website may be required to download drivers for your Mac’s graphics card or video chip. This Apple support article will explain what to do.
Optional: Sign up for the Windows 11 Insider Program
Okay, we have now installed Windows 11 on the newly created disk partition. To test Microsoft’s latest features, you will need to join the Windows Insider Program. You will get the Beta or Dev versions of the previously known as Slow Ring and Fast Ring. You then try to become an Insider, but the system tells you that your computer is not compatible.
Fortunately, we have OfflineInsiderEnroll: the tool allows you to enter any Windows 10 or 11 computer into the Insider program, even without logging in with a Microsoft account.
Let’s move on, step by step.
- Follow the Settings>> Privacy & Security> Diagnostics & Feedback path on Windows 11.
- Enable the Send optional diagnosis data option, which is mandatory for Windows Insider
- Download The OfflineInsiderEnroll From GitHub
- right Click on the file to select Run as administrator
- In the command prompt, type 1 for the Dev channel, 2 for Beta, and 3 for Release. Press Enter.
- restart your PC.
It wasn’t over, didn’t you? After you sign up for the Insider program and attempt to update Windows 11, Microsoft performs another test to verify that your computer (or Mac, in this instance) is compatible with Windows 11. This is if it contains TPM 2.0 security chips.
Another trick is needed to bypass the TPM Check by using a tool called “bypass11”. The following steps can be taken:
- bypass11’s GitHub Page ;
- click on the latest version of the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd file ;
- Right-click on the button and then click Save as…
- Select the folder you wish to save and click
- go to the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd file, double-click it, and click Yes on the window that asks you to run Windows PowerShell
Your Mac can now install Insider builds of Windows 11 for free!
Go to Start Menu > Settings > Windows Update, and then click Check For Updates. The system will search for the most recent beta or dev version. You may need to update some programs before you can see an Insider build.Advertisement