On a GPU (graphics card) with 4GB VRAM, you can now install Tiny 11, a lightweight version of Windows 11. Read on to learn more about this good news, and NewsPivot walks you through the process of running Windows 11 from VRAM.

Tiny11 Can Run on GPUs with 4 GB VRAM

Even though Windows 11 has a lot of new features, almost no one can use them all at the same time. Some users feel that some features are too complex. As a result, the well-known streamlined version of Windows 11, Tiny11, came into being. In addition to removing the aforementioned bloat, this Windows 11 Lite operating system also reduces system requirements so that it can run on low-end PCs.

Tiny11 can reportedly handle 200MB of RAM, which is impressive. NTDEV, the creator of Tiny11, has unveiled a new and surprising way to install Windows 11: using GPU memory to run a virtual machine version of the operating system.

How to Run Windows 11 (Tiny 11) on GPU

Windows 11 Tiny Edition can be successfully installed into VRAM on the graphics card through a specific method instead of using regular RAM like a typical user would. This is a significant advance because it completely bypasses the limitations of traditional storage systems and hard drives.

The new project runs tests on a laptop equipped with a 4GB VRAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card. Using the GpuRamDrive tool, the developers created a 3550MB RAM drive to run the Tiny11 virtual machine.

According to CrystalDiskMark testing, virtual drives on GPU VRAM achieve sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,960 MB/s and 2,497 MB/s respectively. Its storage performance is excellent, although slightly lower than standard PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD. Of course, data stored on VRAM does not remain persistent like data stored on any other RAM storage. If the Windows operating system is restarted, all data will be lost.

All in all, Tiny11 is a useful tool for those who want to use some of the features of Windows 11 but lack the PC hardware required to run the official version of Windows 11.

If you are interested, let’s get started with the following instructions on how to run Windows 11 from VRAM.

How to Run Tiny11 on GPU

Operating the Tiny11 from a video card is not difficult. There are two easy ways to do this: first, create a RAM drive on the graphics card and set up a virtual machine. Let’s discuss what you should do.

Step 1: Create a RAM Drive on the GPU

For this, you can get help from a tool called GpuRamDrive available on GitHub.

1. Go to the website https://github.com/prsyahmi/GpuRamDrive, click the release button, and select GpuRamDrive-v04.zip from Assets. Once you have downloaded this .zip file, use WinRAR, WinZip, or 7-Zip to extract all its content.

2. Double-click on the GpuRamDrive-cuda_x64.exe to launch it on your computer.

3. Enter 3550 in the Memory Size box and select the Mount option. Immediately, you can find the virtual drive in File Explorer.

enter 3550

4. Next, copy the vram11.vhd file you created to the virtual drive.

Step 2: Create a Virtual Machine

NTDEV uses Hyper-V Manager to run Windows 11 virtual machines in GPU memory. Follow the steps below to create the Tiny 11 VM:

1. Open Hyper-V Manager on your computer. Next, select New > Virtual Machine, give the VM vram 11 a name, and continue configurations.

2. Select the Use an existing virtual hard disk option under the Connect Virtual Hard Disk tab. Next, browse for the vram11.vhd from the RAM drive to continue.

create Tiny11 virtual machine in GPU memory

3. Next, make some advanced settings, such as disabling checkpoints and unchecking Backup (volume shadow copy) under Integration Services. Then, open the virtual machine of Tiny11.

Watch this NTDEV video to see exactly how to run Windows 11 from VRAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1TRyd7oM1A. You can ask this developer questions by leaving a comment.

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