Prerequisites of this guide
The first step to installing Windows 11 on your Mac with this guide is having Windows 10 already set up in Boot Camp. If you need help with this initial step, Apple provides instructions on its Boot Camp Support Page. This entire guide is meant to be followed while running your Windows 10 Boot Camp.
It should be noted that in order to install any version of Windows with Boot Camp, your Mac needs to have an Intel chip. With that established, these steps should work on any Mac that can run Windows 10. This includes any MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac with an Intel chip.
The Magic Tool
The program that makes installing Windows 11 on your Mac possible is called “MediaCreationTool.” I previously wrote about it in my 2021 article “Install Windows 11 on a 2015 MacBook Pro.” Since then, the program has been greatly improved and the install method is way simpler. Plus, it’s been so streamlined, I’m confident the steps will work on any Intel Mac that can run Windows 10 in Boot Camp. I’ve tested it on a 2013 iMac, 2015 MacBook Pro, 2015 MacBook Air and a 2019 MacBook Pro. As a bonus, these steps will also work for any Windows 10 virtual machine, such as those created by Parallels. Let’s get started.
Download MediaCreationTool.bat from GitHub
MediaCreationTool needs to be downloaded from its official project repo on GitHub. Don’t downloaded it from anywhere else.
The first link below is to the exact version of the program I used for this guide. Alternatively, you can use the second link, which is to the latest version of the program. Since MediaCreationTool could update at any time though and potentially break this install method, if you want to follow the steps in this guide exactly, use the first link.
Once you’re on the program’s GitHub repo page, click the big green Code button and select “Download ZIP” from the drop-down. The image below should match what you’ve downloaded and unzipped.
Disable User Account Control (UAC)
Before using MediaCreationTool, disable User Account Control. It isn’t necessary, but it will save you from having to click confirm on a safety prompt after every single step. Open Windows Start menu, type UAC, and select “Change User Account Control settings.” Control Panel will open, and then move the slider to “Never notify” at the bottom and click OK.
Time for MediaCreationTool
Go to your unzipped folder and navigate into the directory
bypass11. Double-click on
Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update. A command prompt will appear saying “Installed.” Wait 6 seconds for the window to close on its own or hit Enter.
Go back to the main folder and double-click on
MediaCreationTool. A blue command prompt window will appear. It pauses for a moment, and then a GUI window with a list of different versions of Windows will pop up. Click on
11, and then select
Auto Upgrade. The Windows 11 Setup window will appear.
Look mom no hands
From here on, the rest of the install is completely hands-off. After “Getting a few things ready,” the window will say “Choose which media to use.” There’s no need to click anything. It will select “ISO File” on its own, select your Documents folder as the save location on its own (it auto-deletes itself after), and will then begin “Downloading Windows 11.”
Once Windows 11 has finished downloading, it will “Verify your download.” Then it “Creates Windows 11 media.” Once that reaches 100%, it quickly says it will “Burn the ISO file to a DVD.” Again, no need to click anything. The blue command prompt window will reappear, and then it will have a count-down timer. You can either leave it alone and it will close itself after 10 seconds, or press any key and it will close and proceed to the next step.
The Windows 11 Setup window will reappear and says “Getting updates.” The Setup program then says it needs to restart itself. Once it does, it will reappear behind the original blue command prompt window. Just click on the white Setup program window and it will come to the front.
It then continues “Checking for updates.” Updates took a really long time for me on gig fiber internet, and even appeared to be stuck at times, but just leave it be.
Once updates are done, it then says “Making sure you’re ready to install,” followed by “Making sure your PC has enough space.” Then a blue “Installing Windows 11” message will take over the entire screen. Again, remember during all of this that you don’t need to click anything.
The install step took awhile and also appeared to become stuck like “Checking for Updates” but just leave it alone and let it do its thing. Eventually it will restart, and you will be greeted by the new Windows 11 logo.
Then a black screen will appear with a “Working on updates” percentage-completion measure.
Once those updates are finished, you’ll be greeted by some “Please hold” messages over a color-changing background.
After the hold prompts are over, you’ll be logged into your new Windows 11 desktop.
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