To install Windows 11, Microsoft has made mandatory TPM 2.0 and Secure boot. But, if you are using an old PC or want to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine, you will not find these features. However, it is possible to bypass mandatory requirements to install Windows 11 by tweaking the registry.
If you want to install Windows 11 onto a virtualization software that supports Trusted Platform Module, you need to go with a paid plan for VMWare Workstation Pro or Parallels Desktop. But, all free alternatives are missing that feature. Oracle is still working on a TPM passthrough driver for its VirtualBox virtual machines, but the free version of VMWare Workstation Player now offers Windows 11 compatible software TPM.
VMWare Workstation 16.2 and later supports the TPM module without encrypting the virtual machine, but you need to add it manually. However, you can only add TPM when your virtual machine is ready. That means you need to bypass the hardware requirements to install Windows 11, and after that, you can add TPM to that.
How to Add TPM to a VMWare Player Virtual Machine for Windows 11?
To add TPM (Trusted Platform Module) to your virtual machine in VMWare Player, perform the following steps:-
Step 1. First, download and install VMware Workstation Player 16.2.0 or later on your computer.
Step 2. Next, configure a virtual Windows 11 machine if you have not already done it.
Step 3. Then, close the VMWare software.
Step 4. After that, go to the folder where you have stored Windows 11 virtual machine.
Step 5. Find the file with your virtual machine name and the “vmx” extension (Virtual Machine Configuration).
Step 6. Right-click on it and select
Step 7. In the pop-up window, click
Step 8. In the Notepad, just after the first line, in a new line, copy and paste the following:-
managedvm.autoAddVTPM = "software"
Step 9. Now, save and close the notepad file.
That’s. Now TPM 2.0 is added to the guest Windows 11 machine.
Note: Although using the above trick, you will succeed in adding the TPM 2.0 module on your VMWare Player Virtual Machine, it is not possible to install Windows 11 without bypassing restrictions. That means you need to bypass restrictions to install Windows 11. Once you have installed Windows 11, you can add TPM 2.0 to comply with Microsoft’s minimum requirements to get the automatic update.
Download VMware Workstation Player
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