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How to Install Windows 11 on Mac without Boot Camp

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Microsoft released Windows 11, its newest operating system on October 5, 2021. It has been over six years since a major OS release and the Redmond-based software giant brought something new for its users with the latest release. Windows 11 makes it easier for users to maximize their productivity and improve the experience with many tools and features. The beautiful and more consistent design has been optimized for screen space to allow more focus and attention. There are performance-enhancing features, support for Android apps, window layout options, and multi-monitor functionality on the latest Windows operating system.

If you’re a Mac user and want to install Windows OS, you have to use Boot Camp, a utility that comes with Mac to let you switch between macOS and Windows OS. It helps you download drivers and create partitions to install Windows on Mac. However, Boot Camp doesn’t support the latest Windows 11 OS and hence you need another way to install Windows 11 without Boot Camp.

In this tutorial, we will see how we can install Windows 11 on Mac without Boot Camp. By following the tutorial, you can also install older versions of Windows OS.

Download Windows 11 ISO

A Windows 11 ISO image lets you clean install Windows 11 on your computer. ISO files are disk images to create bootable USB drives and discs. They are also used to boot a virtual machine.

You can download a Windows 11 ISO from the Microsoft website. It is free to download the Windows 11 ISO file. Microsoft is offering a free upgrade for all Windows 10 users. Meanwhile, you can skip the product key part during the installation of Windows 11 from the ISO file.

The easiest way to download the ISO file is directly from the official website. Follow the instructions below to download the Windows 11 ISO.

Step 1: Go to the Windows 11 ISO download page.
Step 2: Select Windows 11.
Step 3: Click on Download.
Step 4: Select the language and Click on the download button.

How to Install Windows 11 on Mac without Boot Camp

Windows 11 installation on Mac requires a bootable Windows 11 USB installer. You need to create a partition on Mac, download Mac drivers for Windows 11, and install Windows 11 along with the drivers using the bootable USB.

1. Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installer on Mac

You need to create a Windows 11 bootable USB installer. A flash drive is needed for this and you need to follow the steps below to create a Windows 11 USB bootable installer.

Step 1: Format Bootable USB Drive

Format your USB Bootable drive with Master Boot Record (MBR) Scheme and exFAT partition.

Format USB Bootable in Disk Utility

  • Open Disk Utility, go to Application > Utilities > Disk Utility
  • Click on View > Show All Devices
  • Choose the Windows USB Bootable and click on Erase
  • select MBR and Click the Format menu and choose the exFAT.
  • Enter your Windows USB drive
  • Click on erase button.

Step 2: Mount Windows 11 ISO

Double-clicking on the Windows11.iso file to mount this image to your Mac.

Mount Windows 11 ISO Image on macOS Monterey

Step 3: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installer

You can use Terminal in Mac to create a bootable Windows 11 USB. To open Terminal. Go to Application > Utilities > Terminal or open macOS Spotlight and search "terminal". Use this command to create Windows 11 Bootable USB.

rsync -vha /Volumes/CCCOMA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9/* /Volumes/WIN11
Create Windows 11 USB Installer on Mac

2. Create Windows Partition on Mac

Step 1: Open Disk Utility by navigating to Application > Utilities> Disk Utility. Click on the Show button and select Show all Hard Disk.

Create a new Windows 11 Partition on Mac

Right-click on Apple SSD Hard Disk and select Partition. Click on the “+” icon to create a new partition.

Create a New Partition for Windows

Step 2: Create a new Container disk with APFS Partition. You need 50 GB of space to install Windows 11.

Create a New Container Disk with APFS Partition

Step 3: Click on new Container disk, and select Erase button to format Container disk with MS-DOS (FAT) partition.

Erase new Container disk2 with FAT format

This is Windows 11 partition on Mac.


Windows 11 Partition on Mac

3. Download Mac Driver for Windows 11

When you install Windows 11 on Mac, you also need to download drivers for the hardware to work with the software. Since the Windows Installer does not support the keyboard and mouse on Mac, you need drivers to fix the issue. 

Follow the steps below to download drivers for Mac:

Step 1: Open Boot Camp Assistant from the Utilities folder
Step 2: From the top menu bar, select Action > Download Windows Support Software. Choose the Download folder as the save destination. You need to find the drivers in the Windows Support Software folder.

Download Windows Drivers on Mac

Step 3: Copy $WinPEDriver$ and Boocamp to your Windows USB Installer.

Copy BootCamp to Windows USB Installer

Step 4: Open $WinPEDriver$ folder and only keep this drivers “MultiTouch, SSD, USBVHCI, SerialIO, Thunderbolt” in WinPEDriver folder. Because Windows 11 USB Bootable has a problem with another drivers.

Copy Drivers to WinPEDriver

5. Add Mac Driver to Windows USB Installer

Since peripheral devices such as mouse and keyboard do not work with Windows 11 on Mac, you need drivers to troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

Copy AutoUnattend xml to root of Windows USB Bootable

We need to download the required drivers ($WinPEDriver$) and add them to the Windows 11 bootable USB drive. To add drivers for mouse and keyboard, we will create a file called Autounattend.xml to enable the Windows installer to boot with the new drivers.

You can follow this tutorial to create a file for yourself.
How to Install Mac Drivers on Windows Bootable USB

It is easier to install all drivers needed to run Windows 11 on Mac along with the Windows installer. Hence, move the Autounattend.xml file to the root folder of the bootable USB. Now, when you install Windows 11 from the bootable USB, the drivers will also be installed.

6. Install Windows 11 on Mac

Follow the steps below to install Windows 11 on Mac.

Step 1: Insert the Windows 11 bootable USB into your Mac
Step 2: Restart your Mac and hold down the Option key.
Step 3: Select the EFI Boot from the Boot Assistant to start the Windows 11 installation (Wait about 1~5 min to enter the Windows installation)

Boot to Windows 11 USB Bootable

Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions and proceed with the installation

Windows 11 installation on Mac

Step 5: Bypass TPM and Secure Boot

Press “Shift +F10” to open CMD, then type: Notepad to open Notepad editor. Create a Registry file follow this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\LabConfig]
"BypassTPMCheck"=dword:00000001
"BypassSecureBootCheck"=dword:00000001

Create Bypass File in Notepad

Click on File and select “Save as” with “Save as type” is “All File” and File Name is “BypassTPM.reg

Save as Reg File

In Notepad, click on File and “Save as” again, right click on “BypassTPM.reg” and select “Merge”.

Run Bypass TPM

Step 5: Choose the partition you’ve created to install Windows 11 when the setup prompts you
Step 6: You will see Windows 11 installation ask you basic questions such as location, keyboard setup, network, username, password, diagnostic information, and others. Choose your preferences and continue.

You’ll now see a clean Windows 11 desktop on your Mac. However, don’t get excited just yet. We need to install the Mac drivers to have a seamless experience of working on Windows 11 on Mac.

To install the required drivers for Windows 11, navigate to the “Bootcamp” folder in the bootable Windows 11 USB drive. Launch setup.exe from the Boot Camp folder and proceed with the installation. When the installation is complete, restart your device.

Install Drivers on Windows 11 with Boot Camp

You can make sure you’re running the latest Windows 11 OS from the Windows Update settings and install any drivers you’ve missed.

You’ll now have Windows 11 installed on your Mac that works without any problems. Your Mac drivers will ensure there aren’t any input or network issues when using Windows 11 on Mac.

When you want back to macOS, restart your Mac and hold Option key and choose your macOS. macOS and Windows OS, you can install Windows on your Mac and set up dual boot so that you can conveniently switch between both operating systems, depending on your needs.

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