Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this year. This new operating system has a number of restrictions when it comes to running on Mac. The company today confirmed some changes to the CPU requirements for Windows 11, but Mac support remains uncertain. At the moment it is not known if the new version of Microsoft can finally be officially run through Boot Camp on Macs.
Microsoft established three main requirements for a PC to run Windows 11:
- Requires a machine with a 1 GHz 64-bit processor or faster.
- At least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage.
- The computer also requires a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card and support for TPM 2.0.
This caused many users to complain that they have purchased computers not too long ago and are left out of those updates. But the worst, for us in this case, for Mac users is that the official support for Windows 11 through Boot Camp remains unclear. This is because Windows 11 also requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, which is a security layer built into logic board or the firmware of the equipment.
Apple has never offered support for the TPM 2.0 standard on Intel Macs, making them all incompatible with the latest version of Windows. If you run the tool released by Microsoft to check if your PC has the necessary hardware to run Windows 11, you will get a message saying that “You cannot run Windows 11 on this PC.”
There are other options that users have already discovered: Modifying some system files to bypass the TPM 2.0 checks. However, Microsoft could remove this solution.
Good thing that always we have other options and they are also safe like using Parallels.