Today we are going to explain how to install Windows 11 on a computer with FreeDOS. The fact that your computer has the FreeDOS system is not an impediment to installing Windows 11, you just have to make some adjustments beforehand. Although it is another operating system other than Windows, it is simply installed to lower sales costs by offering a basic operating system.
What is the FreeDOS operating system?
This is a free, open-source, command-line-based operating system. That is, it does not have an interface like Windows or Ubuntu where you can use the mouse, so to perform an action you must write commands.
FreeDOS is the successor to MS-DOS so its commands are compatible. When Microsoft killed off MS-DOS, FreeDOS was born as a free alternative to keep it. The operating system is compatible with some basic games and even allows you to install another operating system.
In short, FreeDOS is used by manufacturers to save the cost of Windows licenses and at least you can do some basic functions on your PC. Choosing a FreeDOS laptop in these cases is the best option. These computers are cheaper but can perfectly run Windows 11.
The FreeDOS computer must be compatible with Windows 11
Before reaching the point of deciding to install Windows 11, it is necessary to check the compatibility of the computer. To do this, you only have to see if the components meet the minimum specifications, which are the following:
- CPU: 2 or more cores at 1 GHz minimum and support for 64-bit or SoC.
- Storage: Have at least 64 GB of available space.
- RAM memory: at least 4 GB of RAM.
- Graphics: DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 compatible, 9-inch display with 720p 8-bit color.
- TPM: Support for Trusted Platform Module 2.0 or TPM 2.0.
- Motherboard Firmware: UEFI and Supports Secure Boost.
- Other: You must have a Microsoft account and Internet connection for the initial setup.
The biggest difficulty we can have when installing Windows 11 on FreeDOS is the compatibility with TPM 2.0. The TPM is a security chip used to store Windows encryption keys, thus protecting the most important files. However, if your PC is new, it is surely compatible.
Configuring a USB for installation
After checking the compatibility of your PC with Windows 11, it is necessary to create an installation USB. This is quite simple: you have to download the creation tool, by clicking “Create Windows 11 installation media”.
Then you must start the program, and choose the language and edition. Normally you can click on next since the program will automatically choose the language configured on the computer.
On the next screen, you must select the USB Flash option and choose a USB memory with at least 8 GB free. Then you just click next and the creative process will begin. Please note that this will delete all content on that USB stick.
Commands to install Windows 11 on a computer with FreeDOS
Once the installation is created on the USB stick, you must insert it into the PC with FreeDOS while it is turned off. Now you must turn on the computer by pressing the key to boot from USB. In general, this key is usually one of the functions F1, F2, F12…
When booting from the USB you will enter the Windows installation screen. The process is quite simple, you just have to follow the procedure indicated on the screen. There will come a time when you must indicate your Windows license or you can skip it, but you will have to install a license later.
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