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How to Install Windows 11 on an Unsupported PC

The easy way to install Windows 11 on unsupported CPUs

Windows 11 has strict system requirements, but there are ways around them. For example, it requires at least an 8th-generation Intel, AMD Zen 2, or Qualcomm 7 or 8 Series CPU—but you can install Windows 11 on PCs with older CPUs.

I have managed to install Windows 10 on PCs that could barely boot it. However, Windows 11 literally refused this pc cant run windows 11 fix to install on my 7th Gen Core i7 PC. As much of an “am I not good enough for you anymore?” moment it was, solving the issue was as simple as turning on some features.

The real challenge for me was to install Windows 11 on much older PCs, including a 2nd Gen PC with legacy BIOS. Thankfully, after one week of experiments and formatting the data on 2 of my PCs twice (unintentionally), all 3 of my PCs are currently running on Windows 11.

Today, I’ll share all the methods I used that successfully installed Windows 11 on all my new and older PCs. So, these methods will work if you have a not-so-old PC that got turned down by Windows 11 or you want to force install Windows 11 on a really old PC just to check out those exciting new features. And be assured, I have only picked the methods that will not have any harmful impact on your PC, like losing data.

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How to See Why Your PC Is Unsupported

You can check if Windows 11 supports your PC by downloading and running Microsoft’s PC Health Check app. If your PC is supported, upgrading to Windows 11 is easy. You can do it in just a few clicks.

If Windows 11 doesn’t officially support your PC, the PC Health Check will say it “doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements” and tell you why.

PC Health Windows 11

Enable TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot

Before I tell you the workarounds to install Windows 11 on unsupported devices, it’s good to make sure that your PC is unsupported. Many of the newer PCs seeing unsupported error is usually due to the missing TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot support. In most cases, these two features are available on the PC but are disabled by default.

So all you need to do is enable them and then try installing Windows 11. Unfortunately, I can’t provide precise instructions to enable both of these options as they are enabled in the BIOS, which differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. However, I am still going to provide instructions that should work for most PC.

First, you need to access the BIOS, which you can do so by repeatedly pressing the F1F10F2F12, or DEL key while the PC is starting. The key you need to press depends on the PC manufacturer. For example, HP PCs use the F12 key.

Once inside, You’ll find both TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot under the Security menu. On some PCs, the Secure Boot option might be under the Boot menu. Make sure you select “Save changes and exit” when closing the BIOS to apply the changes.

Download Windows 11 ISO file.

The following methods need a Windows 11 ISO file to work. You can easily download Windows 11 ISO file from the Microsoft website. Just scroll down and click on Download under the Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) section. You’ll need to select your Windows language afterward to get the link to download it.

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Method 1: Create bootable USB with no requirement check

If you can’t or don’t want to edit the Registry, you can also create a bootable Windows 11 USB or DVD that won’t check for TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot support. This option is also much better if you need to install Windows 11 on multiple unsupported PCs, as you won’t have to modify each PC to make it compatible with Windows 11.

To do this, you’ll need to use the popular bootable USB drive creation tool, Rufus. The developers of Rufus have made available a new option for creating Windows 11 bootable USB where it removes the feature that checks for TPM and Secure Boot support. Here’s how to use it:

Plugin a USB drive of at least 8GB in your PC and then launch the Rufus app. In the Device section, the attached USB will automatically be selected.

In the Boot selection section, click on Select and then find and open the Windows 11 ISO that you downloaded.

A new Image option section will appear. Here select Extended Windows 11 Installation.

Afterward, select MBR or GPT partition scheme depending on your PC’s disk partition scheme.

The rest of the options are not mandatory to tweak to make this work, but you can make changes if you know what you are doing.

Now hit the START button, and the app will create a bootable USB drive that won’t check for TPM or Secure Boot support. You can use that to either upgrade the current system or any other PC.

Method 2: Download Windows 11 Media file

To download and create a Windows 11 USB installation media, use these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft download website(opens in new tab).
  2. Under the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” section, click the Download Now button to save the file to your device.
  1. Double-click the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file to launch the tool.
  2. Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.
  3. Click the Next button.

6. Select the USB flash drive option.

  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Select the USB flash drive to create the installation media.
  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, continue with the instructions below to edit the Registry to bypass the Windows 11 system requirements.

Unsupported Registry workaround.

To apply the Microsoft workaround to install Windows 11 on a computer that doesn’t meet the requirements, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
  4. Right-click the MoSetup (folder) key, select the New submenu and choose the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  1. Name the key AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU and press Enter.
  2. Double-click the newly created key and set its value from 0 to 1.
  1. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, you will be able to install Windows 11 on a device that does not have a supported processor or TPM 2.0 (TPM 1.2 will still be required).

Windows 11 in-place upgrade.

To upgrade an unsupported Windows 10 device to Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on This PC from the left pane.
  3. Under the “Devices and drives” section, open the USB installation media.
  4. Double-click the setup.exe file to begin the upgrade process.

5. Click the Next button.

6. Click the Accept button to confirm that this Windows 11 installation is not supported.

7. Click the Install button.

Once you complete the steps, the computer should upgrade to Windows 11, bypassing the TPM 2.0 and processor requirements. Since this is an in-place upgrade, the settings, apps, and files will be transferred to the new setup automatically.

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