Microsoft’s minimum system requirements for Windows 11 exclude a significant number of computers. Officially, Windows 11 is only compatible with PCs with modern AMD and Intel CPUs that support TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. This leaves many people with perfectly functional PCs stuck on Windows 10, but there is a way around the problem.
There is a simple registry change that can be made to make Windows 11 work on older, unsupported hardware. However, it is important to note that Microsoft may retain the cumulative updates for your machine if you skip the TPM and UEFI Secure Boot requirements.
If you want install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, this is what you will have to do.
Note: This trick is “Microsoft approved”, but requires that the registry be modified. If you change the wrong settings, your PC can become unstable or worse, stop working altogether. Before proceeding, be sure to back up your PC, back up the registry, and create a restore point so you can restore your PC if something goes wrong.
How to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware
Officially, Windows 11 has these minimum system requirements:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) processor or faster. A minimum of 2 or more cores is required in a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB or more of storage
- UEFI / Secure Boot compliant system firmware
- DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x compatible graphics
- A 9-inch screen with HD resolution (720p) or higher
- Microsoft account and internet connection required for Windows 11 Home
Does your PC not meet Microsoft’s minimum system requirements to run Windows 11? If so, you may see a message saying that your PC “does not currently meet the Windows 11 system requirements.” It is also possible that it tells you that a certain component (such as the processor) is not supported.
To avoid this problem, you will have to edit the registry to avoid the problem. You can then start the installation manually using the Windows 11 installation image files.
Download the Windows 11 ISO
One of the first things to do is download the Windows 11 ISO. This is the installation image file that you can find at this Microsoft page. Scroll down to the section “Download Windows 11 Disc Image (ISO)”And select Windows 11 from the drop-down menu.
Click the button Download to start downloading the file to your PC.
Then select the language you want to use and click Confirm.
You will have to click on the 64 bit download button: Windows 11 only comes as a 64-bit operating system. This will take some time to complete.
Modify the Registry
While the ISO file is downloading, open the registry using the key combination Windows + R. In the dialog Run, scribe regedit and press To accept.
Next, navigate to the next path in your Registry. You can copy and paste the following address into the address bar at the top:
Then right-click on MoSetup and select New> DWORD value (32 bits).
Name the 32-bit value as AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMorCPU and writes 1 in the frame Value Data. Click on To accept to save.
You can close Registry Editor at this point. Wait for the ISO to finish downloading and restart your PC for the Registry changes to take effect.
Mounting the ISO file
After your PC restarts (and once the Windows ISO file has downloaded), right-click on the file in the File Browser and select To open with in the context menu.
Choose the Windows Explorer to mount the ISO, and then press okay.
The installation files will appear as a virtual drive in File Explorer. Open this unit and double click the file setup.exe to start the installation.
Press Yes to accept the UAC dialog if it appears.
Install Windows 11
As long as you’ve modified the registry values correctly by following the steps above, you should be good to go – Windows 11 should start installing.
Accept the EULA and follow the additional instructions on the screen to begin the process.
The Windows 11 installer will check for available updates. When I get to the screen Ready to install, click the link “Change what to keep”To confirm which files and settings you want to keep.
You can choose to keep your personal files or applications, keep your files but delete the applications, or erase your PC completely (similar to a clean installation).
Select the option you prefer from the list and press Next.
You should be ready to begin the installation. If you want to continue, press Install to begin the Windows 11 installation.
Now Windows 11 should install successfully on your “unsupported hardware”. This will take some time, so take a break at this point and wait for the process to complete.
Additional warnings about unsupported hardware may appear as the installation continues. As long as the above changes complete successfully before you begin, you should be able to ignore them and continue with the installation.
Upgrade to Windows 11
The steps above should help you install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. Officially, this feature allows business users to test Windows 11 in large-scale environments, but it is still available for home users to use as well.
Installing Windows 11 is one thing, customizing it is another. Many things have changed in Windows 11; for example, you might want move the Start menu back to the left. There are also new ways to open Task Manager. So if an app crashes, don’t panic, because you can still force it to close.