How to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs

by Johnson Daniel

Windows 11 is available on different PCs but not all. Microsoft users can download and install Windows 11 the same way you’d get any new version of Windows. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see a Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.

That is the most basic means to install Windows 11 on your PC. However, since Microsoft is rolling out the OS in phases, your system might not show the option to upgrade just yet, but there’s not much to worry about because a blog post from Microsoft said the company expects “all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”How to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs

Now, you have the option to wait till mid-2022 to find out if your device is eligible for the upgrade and what if it isn’t still eligible for the upgrade, it means all your wait was for nothing.

If you are not in a rush, you can leave this page and wait till when the OS is available to you, the upgrade process will feel similar to a normal Windows 10 update, as long as your device is compatible and meets the minimum requirements needed.

How to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs

Simply go to the Windows 11 software download page, scroll down a bit, select ‘Windows 11’ from the drop-down menu available underneath the ‘Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)’ section. Tap the ‘Download’ button and select your product language from the ‘Choose One’ dropdown that appears below, hit ‘Confirm’, then click ’64-bit Download.’

Before you download, make sure you have:

  • An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
  • Sufficient data storage is available on the computer, USB, or external drive you are downloading the ISO file to.

While the Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) is still downloading, open the search box on the taskbar, type ‘Regedit’, then select Registry Editor (Desktop app) from the results. Right-click ‘Start’, then select Run. Type ‘Regedit’ in the Open: box, and then select ‘OK’.

Navigate to ‘Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup’, right-click, click ‘New’ > ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ Give the value this name – AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU. Double-click on the new value you created, and enter 1 into the Value data field. Hit OK and close the registry editor.Windows 11
The download for the Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) should be complete by now. To mount the ISO file:

    • Go to the location where you downloaded the ISO file to. Then right-click the ISO file and select  Properties.
    • On the “General” tab, click ”Change…” where it says, “Opens with:”, and select Windows Explorer for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select  Apply.
    • Right-click the ISO file and select  Mount.
    • This will create a “virtual” bootable disc. Double-click on it to view the files within. Double-click  setup.exe to start the Windows 11 setup process.
  • Microsoft recommends against installing Windows 11 on a device that does not meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. If you choose to install Windows 11 on a device that does not meet these requirements, and you acknowledge and understand the risks, you can create the following registry key values and bypass the check for TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is required) and the CPU family and model.

  • Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
  • Name: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU
  • Type: REG_DWORD
  • Value: 1

Note: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

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