How to Create Bootable Windows 11 USB for Unsupported and Supported PCs

Microsoft initially restricted Windows 11 to PCs with TPM 2.0, supported CPU, and Secure Boot. However, the company now allows you to upgrade to Windows 11 with an unsupported CPU and TPM 1.2. But the Secure Boot restriction is still there. So, to bypass these limitations, you can use Rufus to create a bootable Windows 11 USB and clean install Windows 11 on both supported and unsupported hardware/PCs.

Yes, you read it right. Rufus, a famous bootable USB-making utility, has extended support for Windows 11 with version 3.16 and newer. So, now you can make a bootable USB for Windows 11 to install it on your PC with or without supported hardware. You can even install Windows 11 on legacy BIOS (without UEFI) using Rufus.

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Make Bootable USB for Windows 11 – Supported and Unsupported Hardware, UEFI or Legacy BIOS

So, in this tutorial, we will describe the method to create a bootable Windows 11 USB disk for both supported and unsupported hardware. Besides that, you can also create Windows 11 USB for Legacy BIOS. This allows you to install Windows 11 on a PC without UEFI. However, Microsoft may restrict Windows updates on unsupported PCs in the future. So, it’s your call to go for it or stay with Windows 10.

NOTE: Before proceeding further, make sure to arrange a USB of 8 GB or greater size. You will also need a Windows 11 ISO file but don’t worry if you don’t have it. You can download it using Rufus as well.

Step 1: Insert USB and Lauch Rufus Utility

First of all, download the latest version of Rufus utility from the official website. After that, run the downloaded file. Rufus is a click-to-run type utility, so, you won’t need to install it on your PC. It will launch automatically as soon as you double-click the downloaded file.

After that, plug the USB into your PC. Rufus should automatically detect it. If you have more than one USB attached to your PC, make sure to select the correct one. Or you can disconnect other USBs to avoid confusion.

Launch Rufus And Insert Usb Disk Or At Least 8 Gb Size
Launch Rufus and insert a USB of at least 8 GB in size

Step 2: Download or Select Windows 11 ISO File

Now, in the Boot selection drop-down select “Disk or ISO image (Please select)“. Now, you can browse or download Windows 11 ISO to create a bootable USB. First, we will explain how to download Windows 11 ISO using Rufus.

A) Download Windows 11 ISO using Rufus

NOTE: You can skip this step if you already have downloaded Windows 11 ISO file.

For downloading Windows 11 ISO using Rufus, click on the down arrow within the SELECT button and choose DOWNLOAD. It will change the SELECT button to the DOWNLOAD button.

Click Arrow Next To Select Button And Click Download
Click the arrow next to the SELECT button and click DOWNLOAD

Now, click the DOWNLOAD button and you will see a pop-up for downloading Windows 11 ISO. Besides Windows 11, you can also download other versions of Windows. But this tutorial is for Windows 11, so, we have selected Windows 11. After that click Continue.

Click Download And Select Windows 11 To Continue
Click the DOWNLOAD button and select Windows 11 to Continue

Next, you will see options for selecting the version, edition, language, and architecture of Windows 11. After selecting the appropriate options, click the Download button. We will use this ISO to create a bootable Windows 11 USB.

Select Relevant Options To Select Correct Version Of Windows 11 For Your Pc And Click Download
Select relevant options and click Download

Now, select the destination for the Windows 11 ISO file. Browse to your desired destination folder, type a name for Windows 11 ISO, and click Save.

Browse And Select Destination Folder For Windows 11 Iso
Browse and select the destination folder for Windows 11 ISO

Windows 11 ISO size is around 5-6 GB, so, it might take some time to download depending upon your internet speed.

B) Browse and Select Windows 11 ISO File

After downloading the ISO file, change the DOWNLOAD button to the SELECT button using the down arrow next to it. Now, click the SELECT button and browse to the folder where you have downloaded Windows 11 ISO file. After that, select the Windows 11 ISO file to make a bootable USB and click Open.

Click Select And Browse For Windows 11 Iso And Click Open
Click Select and browse for Windows 11 ISO

Step 3: Select Windows 11 Installation Type for Supported or Unsupported Hardware

Now, it’s time to select the type of bootable USB of Windows 11 you want to create. Rufus provides two options based on the hardware you have. You can use the PC Health Check app to see if your PC is supported or unsupported. After that, select the appropriate option from the Image option drop-down.

  • For supported hardware (TPM 2.0 + Supported CPU + Secure Boot-UEFI), select “Standard Windows 11 Installation (TPM 2.0 + Secure Boot)“.
  • For unsupported hardware (no TPM, unsupported CPU, no Secure Boot – Legacy BIOS), select “Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM / no Secure Boot)“.
Click Dropdown Under Image Option And Select Standard Or Extended Windows 11 Installation
Select Standard or Extended Windows 11 installation

After that, select the partition scheme you would like to use.

  • If you are creating a Windows 11 bootable USB for Legacy BIOS (i.e. no UEFI), select MBR from the Partition scheme drop-down.
  • If your PC supports UEFI (Secure or non-secure boot), select GPT from the dropdown.
Select MBR for creating bootable Windows 11 USB for Legacy BIOS and GPT for UEFI
Select MBR for Legacy BIOS and GPT for UEFI

Finally, you are ready with your desired options. Here is a quick look at the options in Rufus for supported and unsupported hardware.

Rufus Options for Supported Hardware:

If your PC has supported hardware for Windows 11, select the following options and click START to create a bootable Windows 11 USB.

Click Start To Create Windows 11 Bootable Usb For Supported Pc With Secure Boot
Rufus options for Supported PC with Secure Boot

Rufus Options for Unsupported Hardware:

Now, if your PC has unsupported hardware like no TPM, unsupported CPU, and no Secure Boot, you can select the following options. After that click the START button to continue.

Rufus options for no TPM, no Secure Boot and Legacy BIOS
Rufus options for no TPM, no Secure Boot, and Legacy BIOS

Step 4: Create Bootable Windows 11 USB using ISO

As soon as you click the START button in the previous step, you will see a warning message saying that all the data stored on USB will be wiped. Make sure that you don’t have any important data on USB and click OK.

Warning Data Stored On Usb Disk Will Be Destroyed Click Ok To Continue
Data wipe warning – click OK to continue

Rufus will start making bootable USBs for Windows 11 based on the selected configuration. It might take 5-10 mins depending upon the performance of your PC.

After the process is complete, you can click CLOSE to exit Rufus utility.

Close Rufus Utility After Creating Bootable Usb For Windows 11 Supported Or Unsupported Pc
Close Rufus Utility after creating a bootable USB for Windows 11

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Create Windows 11 Bootable USB using Rufus and Install Windows 11 on Any PC

As you have seen above, Rufus allows you to make bootable Windows 11 USB for both supported and unsupported hardware PCs. So, if you are sure about installing Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, you can do so. Just create a Windows 11 installation USB using the above method and install Windows 11 using it.

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