Installing Windows 11 on older hardware (no TPM2) and installing Ubuntu WSL2 with ZSH in it

Create Windows 11 media with Microsoft’s media creation kit.
Image the resulting ISO-file to an USB stick with e.g. Rufus.

Create bypass.reg.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Copy bypass.reg to the stick.

Install Windows 11
In Setup hit shift-f10 to enter a cmd prompt
There startup notepad.exe
Use the open dialog from Notepad to navigate to the stick.
Change file types to all and right-click on the bypass.reg.
Choose merge.

Now continue to install Windows 11

After installation login with wrong credentials intentionally.
So you will get the option to use a local user only.

Where you can choose now within the OOBE setup.

Check if your Windows edition is the right one.
Maybe change in Windows settings.
Note: You might need a corresponding product key and valid license to do so.

Download and install Brave.
Download and install OpenVPN.

After finishing the setup, open up an Explorer and set options to:
– show extensions
– show hidden files and system files
– startup with This Computer
– do now show recent files
– clear recent file

Download W11ClassicMenu1.1 and start it up.
When SmartScreen is complaining – click on more information – then choose run anyway.
Then reactivate „classic context menu“.

Install chocolatey.
Open up an admin powershell and paste
Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol -bor 3072; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(‚‘))

Install some software.
choco install 7zip -y
choco install notepadplusplus -y
choco install adobereader -y
choco install kitty -y
choco install -y
choco install owncloud-client -y
choco install screentogif -y
choco install networkmonitor -y
choco install wireshark -y
choco install keepass -y
choco install treesizefree -y
choco install sysinternals -y

Check for latest updates and drivers

Setup Bitlocker (when changed edition to minimum Professional)
Might be you have to enable a local Group Policy via gpedit.msc
Computer -> Administrative Cemplate -> Windows Components -> Bitlocker -> OS Drives -> Require additional authentication on startup



Bring up WSL2

wsl –install
Note: This seems pretty easy under Windows 11. Saw also installation of GUI support with this installation command. Will try if it can display X application.
After wsl –install finished please reboot the system.

The system will come up with the Ubuntu installation dialog after login automaticalls.
It sets also the WSL version to 2:
wsl –list -v
* Ubuntu Running 2

Enable root login then in Ubuntu
sudo passwd

Set default user to root in Windows Powershell
ubuntu config –default-user root

Update Ubuntu
apt update -y && apt dist-upgrade -y && apt autoremove –purge

Working X11 apps
Start Ubuntu
apt install x11-apps

Enable shift+insert paste in Windows Terminal
Start up wt
Choose Settings
{ „command“: „paste“, „keys“: „shift+insert“ }
right behind the „ctrl+v“ line
Save and restart the Windows Terminal

Choose Ubuntu as default profile for Windows Terminal
Start up wt
Choose Settings
Change the Default GUID to the desired profile’s GUID below
Save and restart the Windows Terminal

apt install zsh*
sh -c „$(curl -fsSL“
cd .oh-my-zsh/plugins
git clone
git clone
git clone

vi /root/.zshrc
plugins (git zsh-autosuggestions zsh-syntax-highlighting zsh-vim-mode)

Change default template in .zshrc

Add vars in zsh-vim-mode plugin for changing the cursor according to vi or edit mode

Maybe enable RSA method for git again and add into ~/.zshrc
export GIT_SSH_COMMAND=“ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa -F /dev/null -oPubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes=+ssh-rsa“