As more and more computers get a taste of Windows 11, users with low-end computers are feeling left out. They tried to bypass the system requirements, but still, the OS lags on their system. That is why, NTDev released a lighter version of Windows 11 called Tiny11. In this post, we are going to see what is Tiny11, whether is it safe for your computer, and how to install it.
What is Tiny11?
Tiny11 is a lighter version of Windows 11 developed by a third-party developer NTDev. NTDev has a long history of experimenting with Windows operating systems and as of late, they found a way so that even computers with no-so-great configurations can install this OS.
Tiny11 is similar to Windows 11 but without the extra baggage that comes with preloaded applications. So, you get a similar experience but there will be no bloatware. Because of this, even the most underpowered computer can run the operating system without having to compromise on speed.
Difference between Tiny11 and Windows 11
Tiny 11 and Windows 11 have a lot of things in common but the major difference is the number of resources and space they both use. On one hand, Windows 11 takes 20GB of space on your disk, on the other, Tiny11 takes 8GB. This pattern continues as Tiny11 can run on a computer with just 2GB of RAM.
They have made a lot of efforts in order to reduce the background processes by not including a lot of redundant apps such as Teams and Edge. However, they kept Microsoft Store so that, if you decide to install those apps, you can do that. Including Windows Store components allows the Operating System to update itself.
Another major difference between them is that the default account for Tiny11 is a Local Account, which is different from Microsoft Account in Windows 11. If you want, you can always sign into your Microsoft Account in Tiny11 as well.
Is Tiny11 Safe?
Tiny11 is not an official version of the Operating System from Microsoft. It has been developed by NTDev. If your computer supports it, your option shot is to install the official version of Windows 11. It comes with a lot of features, some are unnecessary but some are essential.
Not just that, the fact NTDev is just one developer building and supporting an entire operating system, it is very likely that the data will be vulnerable to theft by hackers. Even NTDev understands the fact that, if possible, go for the official version of Windows 11 from Microsoft. If you have an old system, with inferior specifications, go for Tiny11 but don’t store your confidential files on it.
How to install Tiny11?
You can install Tiny11 on top of Windows 10 and upgrade your operating system, but there are a lot of bugs and errors that may come your way, that’s why, we discourage using this method, instead, we recommend creating a bootable drive and then installing the OS. Follow the steps to do the same.
- Go to archive.org to download the ISO file of Tiny11.
- You then have to click on “Log in to view this item”.
- Now, enter the credentials or sign in using your Google account.
Note: If after logging in you are redirected to the homepage of the website, click on the Link again.
- If your computer supports TPM, download tiny11b2.iso and if it doesn’t support TPM, click on tiny11b2(no sysreq).iso.
- After downloading the ISO image of the operating system, download rufus to make your drive bootable.
- Once you have downloaded Rufus, open it, and then click on the Select button next to Boot selection.
- Navigate to the location where you have stored the ISO image, and then select it.
- We need to check the Partition Schema, for that, hit Win + R, type “msinfo32” and click Ok. Now, look for BIOS Mode, if it is Legacy, use MBR, if it is UEFI, select GPT.
- Click on Start to create the bootable drive.
- Now, boot into the BIOS to install the OS.
- Finally, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Hopefully, you can install the operating system easily.
What are the disadvantages of Tiny11?
TINY 11 is a stripped-down, unsupported version of Windows 11. You cannot update it! Microsoft does not support or recognize Tiny11. This stripped-down Windows 11 OS from a third-party, scraps away a lot of core features of Windows 11 to make the operating system run on low-end computers. It lacks Windows Component Store (WinSxS) so you are prevented from installing new features or languages. It also doesn’t come with preloaded applications; this can either be a boon or a bane depending on what you like.