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Want to run Windows 11 on unsupported hardware? We’ve got some good news.
There is a third-party tool called tiny11 that can help you run Windows 11 on a low-spec PC. It’s a streamlined version of the operating system that requires only around 400 MB of storage, compared to the standard Windows 11 version which requires over 20 GB of storage.
Released back in April 2023, tiny11 is derived from Windows 11 Pro 22H2, but it has been stripped down to the essentials. This means that it does not include all the features of Windows 11, but it does include the most important ones, such as the Start menu, taskbar, and desktop.
In its recent development, tiny11 can even run an extremely stripped-down version of Windows 11 on just 176MB of RAM, about 23 times smaller than the official system requirements.
Behold, another possible world record!
Windows 11 on just 176MB of RAM, about 23 times smaller than the official system requirements (4GB of RAM)!
The base system is a heavily trimmed down image of tiny11.
Pointless and unnecessary? Absolutely!
Impressive? You tell me. pic.twitter.com/UeC6MY6wwz
— NTDEV (@NTDEV_) July 11, 2023
Even if it may not be a practical choice, it is worth mentioning that the text-only version of Windows 11 can be further simplified to a mere 96 MB in size with this tool. However, one might question the rationale behind running a text-only version of Windows 11.
“This possible world record has been made possible through extensive trial and error, by seeing which drivers and services are absolutely the ones for required to Windows 11 to boot. Even things like which disk drive interface was used were taken into consideration. (IDE was used),” says the developer.
Speaking of the system, the end of servicing date for Windows 11 21H2 is also arriving, so it’s worth checking whether your device has been updated to the latest version.
Have you tried to run Windows 11 on unsupported hardware with tiny11? Let us know in the comments!