But now you can easily avoid the first two as well thanks to a stripped down version of Windows 11 called Tiny11. It runs smoothly on systems with as little as 2GB of RAM and takes up just 8GB of disk space, compared with 20GB for a standard Windows 11 install. Update: Some users have managed to boot the OS on systems with as little as 200MB of RAM, although it doesn’t run particularly well within those constraints.
Tiny11 comes from independent developer NTDEV, who says that the operating system is based on Windows 11 Pro 22H2, but features a number of changes to save space and allow the OS to run well on older or less powerful hardware. NTDEV says it should work with pretty much any computer that can run Windows 10.
For example Windows system files are compressed to save space. A number of apps that are normally pre-installed have been removed and only a handful of apps remain (including accessibility features, calculator and camera apps, the Windows Snipping Tool, and Windows Terminal and PowerShell).
System requirements have also been removed, allowing you to install the operating system on a computer that doesn’t have TPM 2.0 security or at least 4GB of RAM, among other things.
And by default Tiny11 uses local accounts, allowing you to set up a computer without a Microsoft Account. You can use a Microsoft Account if you want, but it’s not required… unless you want to use features like the Microsoft Store or Windows 11 widgets.
You can download Tiny11 from the Internet Archive, or check out NTDEV’s video for an overview of this stripped-down version of Windows 11. Just keep in mind that one of the things that’s been removed is support for installing major operating system updates through Windows Update – while NTDEV says security updates should work, the only way to install major Windows 11 updates is to install a new build of Tiny11 if and when one is released in the future.
Also, while the software will let you run a stripped down version of Windows 11 on computers that may not meet the minimum system requirements, you might want to proceed with caution if you plan to run any sensitive software on a closed-source operating system that’s been modified by an independent developer. But at the very least, Tiny11 could provide a simple method for running Windows 11 apps in a virtual machine without dedicating much RAM or storage to the task.