Microsoft just started giving out Windows 11 updates to supported PCs, but if you are a tech enthusiast, you may also want to experience the latest and greatest on your own PC even if it’s unsupported. Well,
Windows 11 on unsupported hardware
Windows 11 has some change hardware requirements, one of the common reasons for incompatibility is the requirement for the Trusted Platform Module 2.0. The TPM can be disabled in the BIOS, but older computers simply don’t have it.
So, this week Microsoft themselves showed us how to install Windows 11 on hardware without the TPM 2.0, and it’s as simple as changing a folder name. After making the changes you will no longer be required to have a supported processor or TPM 2.0. It is not recommended by Microsoft but you can decide if it’s worth the risk.
How to install Windows 11
On the Windows 11 page, select Create tool now and follow the instructions to install Windows 11.
First, you will need to sort the registry as follows;
- Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
- Name: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU
- Type: REG_DWORD
- Value: 1
Now, you can begin installing Windows, for doing so there are also various methods;
Upgrade by launching Setup on the media while running Windows 10. You will have the option to:
1. Full Upgrade, which keeps personal files (including drivers), apps, and Windows Settings. This is the default experience and is the one that Installation Assistant uses.
2. Keep Data Only will keep personal files (including drivers) only, not apps and not Windows Settings.
3. Clean Install will install Windows 11 and keep nothing from the Windows 10 installation. For more info, see Give your PC a Fresh Start.
Or, you can also Use DISM or 3rd party tools to directly apply an existing Windows 11 image to the disk.
So these are the methods you can use to get Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. What do you think about it? Will you try? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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