How to use Tiny11 ISO to install Windows 11

You can now install Windows 11 on 2GB of memory and 8GB of storage thanks to Tiny11, and here are the steps to do it.

Tiny11 (2311) Windows 11 install
Tiny11 (2311) Windows 11 install
  • To use Tiny11 ISO to install Windows 11, start the PC with the Tiny11 Windows 11 USB, choose language settings and click “Next,” accept terms and click “Next,” select the hard drive, click “Next,” and continue with a simplified Out-of-the-box Experience.
  • Tiny11 23H2 upgrades devices to the Windows 11 23H2 features and only requires 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

UPDATED 1/30/2024: Tiny11 is an unofficial custom ISO image of Windows 11 that removes all the clutter that is usually not necessary, such as default apps, services, and features to be able to install the operating system on low-end unsupported hardware. 

The custom image is based on Windows 11 23H2, and while it strips out many of the default elements, everything works as expected, including Windows Update, activation, and the included apps. It also maintains many security features, such as Microsoft Defender Antivirus and Firewall, Core isolation, Data encryption, and more. 

As this guide will show, the clean installation experience is not much different from the official setup. The only difference is that it removes some of the annoyances, including the requirement for TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot, memory, storage, Microsoft account, and other needless steps. Tiny11 is an ideal solution for those who want to run the operating system on less powerful and unsupported hardware since it only requires 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. According to the creator (NTDEV on X), you can use the Tiny11 image to perform a clean installation or upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10.

If you want to install Windows 11 (at your own risk) using the Tiny11 image, you will first need to download the ISO file (23H2 x64) from the Archive.org website that requires free registration, and then you will need to use the Rufus tool to create a USB bootable flash drive. If you create a virtual machine, you can mount the Tiny11 ISO file to the VM.

You must also ensure the computer can start from USB, so you must change the BIOS or UEFI settings. However, since most computers have different settings, you may want to check your manufacturer support website for more specific details.

Important: This process will delete everything on your device. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding. You’ve been warned. Also, these steps are not meant to be instructions to set up a device. These steps only show you how the official and unofficial installations are different. You should always consider using the official installation process.

Install Windows 11 from Tiny11 ISO with USB

To install Windows 11 with the Tiny11 ISO image, use these steps:

  1. Start the PC with the Tiny11 Windows 11 USB.

    Quick note: You must download the Tiny11 23H2 ISO file (23H2 x64) from the Archive.org website, which requires free registration, and then use Rufus or Ventoy to create a bootable installation media that you can use to start the setup on your computer.
  2. Click the Next button.

    Windows 11 Tiny11 setup

  3. Check the “I accept the license terms” option.

  4. Click the Next button.

  5. Select each partition in the hard drive you want to install Windows 11 and click the Delete button.

    Important: Typically, the “Drive 0” is the drive that contains all the installation files. When you delete a partition, it also deletes all data on the drive. Also, it is not necessary to delete the partitions from a secondary hard drive.
  6. Select the hard drive (Drive 0 Unallocated Space) to install Windows 11.

    Windows 11 Tiny11 install

  7. Click the Next button.

  8. Select your region setting after the installation on the first page of the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE).

    Windows 11 OOBE region

  9. Click the Yes button.

  10. Select your keyboard layout setting.

    OOBE keyboard layout

  11. Click the Yes button.

  12. Click the Skip button if you do not need to configure a second layout.

  13. The computer will automatically connect to the network using an Ethernet connection. If you have a wireless connection, you must set up the connection manually (a security key may be required).

  14. Confirm a name for the Tiny11 Windows 11 local account.

    Windows 11 Tiny11 local account

  15. Click the Next button.

  16. Create the account password.

  17. Click the Next button.

  18. Confirm the account password.

  19. Click the Next button.

  20. Set the three security questions to recover your account.

    Windows 11 OOBE security questions

  21. Click the Next button.

  22. Confirm the privacy settings that best suit your situation by turning on or off the toggle switch for each setting.

    Windows 11 OOBE privacy settings

  23. Click the Next button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will continue the installation using the Tiny11 setup on the computer.

Although the Tiny11 provides an alternative method to install Windows 11, there are some caveats to consider. For example, Microsoft does not support this setup method. You may expose your computer to security risks because of the vulnerabilities that this modified image can open up, and no one knows if anything extra has been added to the image that may be considered a privacy concern.

Update January 30, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect new changes. 

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].