Install Windows 11 on a Mac [Intel]: The Full Guide

windows 11 on mac

Bootcamp is a program that comes installed on all Macs. It allows users to install and run Windows on their Macs. Bootcamp will creates a separate partition on your Mac’s hard drive and installs Windows onto that partition. When you start your Mac, you can choose to start up in Windows or in macOS.

If you’re a Mac user who needs to use Windows 11 for work or school, Bootcamp is a great way to get the best of both worlds. In this article, we’ll show you how to install and run Windows 11 on your Mac with an Intel chip using Bootcamp.

Bootcamp and Apple M-series chip

Make sure that your Mac is compatible with Windows 11 before you begin. As we mentioned in the last post, Bootcamp does not work with Macs that have the M1/M2 chip.

You can check this by going to the Apple website and looking up your Mac’s model in the Supported Models list. Fortunately, there are a way to run Windows 11 on an M1/M2 Mac and we’ll cover this methods in another article.

Windows 11 and TPM 2.0

Unlike installing Windows 10 on a Mac, you will need a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 to run Windows 11. TPM is a security feature that provides hardware-based security for your PC. Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 in order to run, so if your device doesn’t have TPM 2.0, you cannot install or upgrade to Windows 11.

TPM provides several benefits, including stronger security for your PC and the ability to use features like BitLocker encryption. Most PCs released in the last 5 years have TPM 2.0. If your PC doesn’t have TPM 2.0, check with the manufacturer to see if your computer can be upgraded to have it.

If your PC/Laptop does not have TPM 2.0, you will get an error message and you won’t be able to continue the installation.

his PC can’t run windows 11. This PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements to install
This PC can’t run windows 11. This PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements to install

I Have Found The Best Way

There are two common methods that can solve this problem with TPM when you search for it on the internet: using Regedit or replacing the install.wim from the Windows 10 ISO.

When trying to install Windows 11 on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) with Bootcamp, I got the following error message:

Using Regedit

regedit bypass tpm

By adding three new key (BypassTPMCheck, BypassSecureBootCheck and ByPassRAMCheck) to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\LabConfig

Replacing The “install.wim”

blue screen
A blue screen with the error code “0x0000225″…

This way copies all files from the Windows 10 ISO to a new folder, and then replaces the install.wim file with the install.wim file (Windows 11) in the Sources folder. Then use a tool to convert a folder to an ISO file.

According to some other guide, you should rename the install.wim file to the ESD file (install.esd) before creating an ISO.

None of them worked for me. Luckily, I have found the way to run Windows 11 on my Macbook and below is the detailed guide.

What You Need!

To install Windows 11 on your Mac, you’ll need the following:

  • A copy of Windows 11 ISO
  • An Intel-based Mac
  • Plug in the power adapter or make sure that a Mac has a good battery charge.
  • Mac with one partition and enough free storage space at least 40GB to create a Bootcamp partition. Click here to learn how to delete a partition on Mac.

Important: Please make sure to backup your data before deleting any partition. You can use an external hard drive, Time Machine, or cloud storage.

partition macos
Make sure you have only one partition on your Mac. Then, continue with the following steps below…

How To Install Windows 11 On A Mac With An Intel Chip 

Download Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 ISO

1. Go to Microsoft’s Download Windows 11 page here.

2. From Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO), select the Windows 11 (multi-edition ISO) and then click on the Download button.

3. On the next page, you need to select your preferred language(s) then click on the Confirm button.

4. Now, select Windows 11 (64-bit) to download the 64-bit version of Windows 11.

download windows 11 iso

5. Once the download is completed, open Finder and then go to your Downloads folder. You should see the ISO file that you’ve downloaded (e.g., Win11_English_x64v1.iso).

Do the same thing for Windows 10 ISO, and you will get two ISO files: Win10_21H2_English_x64 and Win11_English_x64v1.iso.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 ISO

Copy All Windows 10 Files to a New Folder And Delete “install.wim”

1. On your Mac, open Finder and then go to your Downloads folder. Right-click on the Win10_21H2_English_x64.iso file and select Open from the contextual menu.

2. A new window will open with the contents of the ISO file. Select all items and then copy them by pressing Command + C on your keyboard.

3. Now, create a new folder on your Desktop and name it “win11mod”. Paste all items that you’ve copied in the previous step by pressing Command + V on your keyboard.

win11mod

4. After that, open the “win11mod” folder, open “source” folder and then delete the install.wim file by right-clicking on it and selecting Move to Trash from the contextual menu.

win11mod

Copy “install.wim” From Windows 11.iso to Desktop

win11mod
Open Windows 11 ISO

Now, open the Windows 11 ISO file that you’ve downloaded in step above by double-clicking on it.

install wim

A new window will open with the contents of the ISO file. Open the “sources” folder and then copy the install.wim file by dragging it to your Desktop. Now eject the Windows 11 ISO.

Make Windows 11 ISO Can Run on Mac

Terminal and Homebrew

What is Homebrew? Brew is a package management system for macOS that allows you to install software on your computer using the Terminal. With Brew, you can easily install software that isn’t available in the App Store.

1. Install Homebrew

terminal and homebrew

To install Homebrew, open the Terminal and then run the following command:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

2. Install wimlib

To install wimlib, run the following command in the Terminal:

brew install wimlib
terminal and homebrew
terminal and homebrew

When you see this message, you are ready to continue. It takes around 7 minutes to install both Homebrew and wimlib.

3. Splitting the “install.wim” file on Desktop

In the step above, you’ve copied the “install.wim” file from Windows 11 ISO to your Desktop. Now, copy the following command and paste it in Terminal, then hit Enter.

cd ~/Desktop
wimlib-imagex split install.wim install.swm 3500
wim to swm
terminal and homebrew

Important:

  1. This command works only when the “install.wim” file is on your Desktop.
  2. Hit Enter for each line of the command above.

4. Creating a new folder and copying the split files

After splitting the “install.wim” file, you need to copy both install.swm and install2.swm files into “win11mod” > “source” folder.

move to win11mod

Enter your Mac password when prompted and then hit Enter or OK.

win11mod

Now, we are ready to convert the “win11mod” folder to the win11mod.iso file. With a new ISO, we can run Windows 11 on a Mac an Intel processor without any issues.

Converting the “win11mod” folder to an CDR file

In macOS, we can easily create an ISO file from a folder without any third-party software. Follow the steps below to create an ISO file from the “win11mod” folder.

1. Open Disk Utility, press Command + Space on your keyboard to open Spotlight Search. Type “disk utility” in the search field and then select Disk Utility.app from the search results. Or open it from LaunchPad.

disk utility

2. Select File from the menu bar and then click on New Image > Image From Folder….

disk utility

3. In the new window, select the “win11mod” folder that we’ve created above and then click Open.

win11mod

4. In the next window, make sure that CD/DVD Master is selected in the Image Format drop-down menu and then click Save.

This will create a new file on your Desktop with the win11mod.cdr. Now just one more step and we are ready to run Windows 11 on a Mac.

Converting the CDR file to an ISO file

To convert the CDR file to an ISO file, open the Terminal and then run the following command:

hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o ~/Desktop/win11mod.iso ~/Desktop/win11mod.cdr

or

cd ~/Desktop
hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o -win11mod.iso win11mod.cdr
disk utility

This will create a new ISO file on your Desktop with the name of win11mod.iso. Now we are ready to run Windows 11 on our Mac!

Running Windows 11 On A Mac

Now that we have the ISO file, we can use it to install Windows 11 on a Mac.

1. Open Boot Camp Assistant.

2. In the next window, click on the Continue button. Then select the ISO Image option and click on the Browse… button.

boot camp

3. In the new window, select the win11mod.iso file that we’ve created above and then click Open. Choose the Boot Camp Partition size

boot camp

Then click on the Install button to proceed.

Waiting for the process to complete and do not interrupt it. Your Mac will automatically restart and boot into the Windows 11 installation process.

Everything is the same as installing Windows on a PC. Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

install windows 11

You can see all the images of the installation process below.

Once Windows 11 is installed, you will see a Boot Camp installer window on the screen. Click on the Next… It will install all required drivers on the Mac.

install windows 11

Waiting for the process to complete and do not interrupt it. Your Mac will automatically restart and boot into Windows 11.

install windows 11
Windows 11 on My Macbook Pro

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Windows 11 on your Mac an Intel processor.

Switch Between macOS and Windows 11

Install windows 10 on Mac

Switching between macOS and Windows is very easy. All you need to do is restart your Mac and hold down the Option (⌥) key while it’s booting up. You will see operating system that you want to boot into. 

Set the Default Operating System

When you boot your computer into macOS, open Preference from the Apple menu and then click on Startup Disk.

In the next window, you will see all the operating systems that are installed on your computer. Just select Windows 11 and then click on the Restart… button to boot into Windows 11 by default.

If you want to change it back to macOS, simply select it from the list and click on the Restart… button.

Again: The method described above will only work if your Mac has an Intel processor. If your Mac has an Apple Silicon M1 chip, then you will not be able to install Windows 11 on it.

Wrapping Up

So that’s how you can install Windows 11 on a Mac with an Intel processor. Although there are many steps involved in the process, it’s not difficult if you follow them step by step. If you are really needed or interested in running Windows 11 on your Mac, then go ahead and give it a try.

We hope this article helped you. If you are still having any doubts or questions, feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We would be happy to help you out. 

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

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