While many like how Windows 11 looks or feels, there are some who just want to cut out on what they feel is bloat as their hardware may not be good enough to run the new OS smoothly, or simply for the fun of it. Recently, a popular third-party Windows 11 tweaking and customization app called ThisIsWin11 (TIW11) evolved into Debloos or Debloat OS, which, as the name suggests, allows the de-bloating of the operating system.
If one isn’t comfortable going about tweaking things themselves with it, they could also opt for Tiny11, which was released earlier today. This stripped-down Windows 11 Pro 22H2 mod requires 8GB of install space, 2GB of system memory, and perhaps the best part, it does not require TPM and Secure Boot.
I always find the custom Windows versions scene fascinating. Legally, it’s a very grey area, but there’s usually some real gems in there, such as this one. As the creator emphasises – this isn’t for production use or for any machine that can run regular Windows 11, but it might be useful in certain niche applications or on older hardware.
I just can’t bring myself to trust a Windows ISO that has been tampered with, no matter the stated intentions of the dev behind it. It’s trivial to add malicious software while disabling built in countermeasures like Windows Defender. It’s more work to take the ISO and pare it down myself, but then if I want a minimalist operating system there’s a whole world of them to choose from that are open source and trustworthy, so why bother with Windows in the first place if you want to keep older hardware running?