ESX: This PC Can’t Run Windows 11

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Problem: This PC Can’t Run windows 11

When attempting to install Windows 11 on ESX (in this example vSphere 6.7) you will receive the following error;

This PC cant run Windows 11

Windows Setup
This PC can’t run Windows 11
This PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements to install this version of Windows. For more information, visit https://aka.ms.WindowsSysReq

The reason you are seeing this is probably not because you don’t have the RAM,  CPU, or storage requirements, it’s probably because setup can’t see a TPM 2.0 chip. So you can either bypass this requirement or install a virtual TPM 2 chip. (I could not do this, as I’ve still got ESX 6.5 in my test cluster and all the hosts need to be 6.7 or above).

Windows 11: Bypass the TPM 2.0 Requirement

Press SHIFT+F10 (or Fn+Shift+F10 on a mac) this will open a command window > type ‘regedit’ {Enter} > the registry editor will open > Navigate to;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > Setup

Create a NEW KEY called LabConfig.

Install Windows 11 on ESX

In the new key, create a new 32 Bit DWORD object.

Install Windows 11 on vSphere

Call the new object ByPassTPMCheck and give it a value of 1.

Bypass TPM Windows 11 on vSphere

Close the registry editor, type exit to close the command window. Then close the error window, (as shown below).

Windows 11 on VMware bypass TPM

You will be asked to confirm that you want to exit, do so, and setup will restart, and then progress normally.

Install Windows 11 on VMware

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Author: PeteLong

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