What Is Tiny11
Tiny11 is, as the name suggests, a cutdown version of Windows 11 specifically designed to run on low-spec computers and bypass the TPM and Secure Boot requirements. Tiny11 is available as an ISO created by independent developer NTDEV who has stripped out many of the default apps, including the Edge browser, to produce a lightweight Windows 11.
“Based off of Windows 11 Pro 22H2, tiny11 has everything you need for a comfortable computing experience without the bloat and clutter of a standard Windows installation. It just uses around 8GB of space compared to the 20+GB that a standard installation does”
Differences Between Tiny11 And Windows 11
Tiny11 is based on Windows 11 Pro 22H2 so, obviously, the core functionality remains pretty much the same. The major difference is in the resources each uses with Tiny11 requiring less disk space and resources. The developer has significantly reduced the number of background processes by excluding a bunch of unnecessary apps, such as Teams and Edge. However, the Microsoft Store has been retained so, if users want to install any missing apps (including a browser), they can do that via the Microsoft Store.
Another difference between the two is that the default account for Tiny11 is a Local Account, whereas Windows 11 insists on a Microsoft account. According to the Tiny11 webpage, the second (latest) release of Tiny11 now includes the Component Store, so updates, new features, and languages can be added.
How To Download Tiny11
- Go to: Tiny11 By NTDEV
- You’ll see DOWNLOAD OPTIONS (on the right-hand side)
- NOTE: Apparently the ISO download is slow so best to use the Torrent link if possible
- Tiny11 requires a genuine license key for activation
Is Tiny11 Safe?
It’s important to note that Tiny11 is the personal project of a single developer and Microsoft does not recognize nor support this cut-down version of Windows 11. So, there has to be an element of trust and safety concerns. Even in the absence of any malicious intent, there still remains the chance that stripping out certain elements could inadvertently have a detrimental effect on overall security.
I would definitely advise against installing Tiny11 on a main machine – not even on a separate internal drive. That said, I suspect Tiny11 is primarily targeting hobbyists so, if you have an older or spare machine on hand, it could be a fun project to install Tiny11 and give it a try.
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