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How to Install Windows 11 on Unsupported PC in 2024

Tweak Windows registry editor to bypass minimum hardware requirements and install Windows 11 23H2 on unsupported devices.

Windows 11 was released as a Free upgrade for Windows 10 with a number of new features and improvements but this time Microsoft is very strict on Windows 11 system requirements. As per Microsoft Official, you can upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free if your device meets the minimum hardware requirements (64-bit dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 and Secure Boot), Due to this strict system requirement for windows 11, there are a lot of unsupported PCs you can’t install it on. Older PCs don’t have Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 and secure boot support. But you can tweak the Windows registry to bypass the requirements for specific CPUs or TPM support, which allows most Windows PCs to upgrade to Windows 11. Here this article explores how to install Windows 11 23H2 even if your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements.

Windows 11 system requirements

These are the new system requirements to upgrade to Windows 11:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC) with two or more cores.
  • RAM: 4GB.
  • Hard drive: 64GB or larger.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Graphics: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • Display resolution: High definition (720p) display greater than 9″ diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Networking: A Microsoft account and internet connectivity are required for setup for Windows 11 Home.

You can download and run the Microsoft PC Health Check app to confirm whether your computer meets the minimum requirements.

windows 11 system requirements

How to upgrade an unsupported computer to Windows 11

If your PC does not meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 free upgrade,  you need to download Windows 11 ISO or create an installation media for Windows 11. This will serve as the foundation for the upgrade process.

Next, you need to tweak the Windows registry on your Windows 10 PC, This step is crucial to bypass the official requirements set by Windows 11.

Once the Registry has been adjusted, proceed with the in-place upgrade. This will transition your system to Windows 11, even if it initially falls short of the official minimum requirements.

Create bootable Windows 11 USB

You can use the official media creation tool to create Windows 11 installation media. Or use a third-party tool like Rufus to create bootable USB flash drives with no requirement check.

using media creation tool:

To create a Windows 11 USB installation media,

  • Go to the official Microsoft download website.
  • Locate the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” section and click the Download Now button to save the file to your device.

Windows 11 media creation tool

 

  • Double-click on the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file to initiate the tool.
  • Agree to the terms by clicking the Accept button. Proceed by clicking the Next button.
  • Opt for the USB flash drive option, Continue by clicking the Next button.

Select USB drive option

  • Select the specific USB flash drive you want to use for the installation media.

Select USB flash drive

  • Click the Next button and wait a few moments to download Windows 11 files from Microsoft, once done complete the process by clicking the Finish button.

Tweak windows registry

If your PC supports TPM 1.2 but falls short on CPU requirements or lacks TPM 2.0 support, you can bypass these checks with a Registry tweak:

  1. Open the Registry by searching in the Windows search bar or using the run command (press the Windows+R keys, then type “regedit” in the Run dialog).
  2. Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > Setup > MoSetup.
  3. With the MoSetup folder selected, right-click on the empty space in the right panel and choose “DWORD (32-bit) Value” from the New option.
  4. A new entry will be created. Name it “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” and double-click on it. Set its value to 1.

Bypass TPM 2.0 and CPU requirement check

Now, proceed with the Windows 11 installation using a bootable USB or mounted ISO. The TPM 2.0 and CPU limitations will no longer be a hindrance. You can continue with the installation process smoothly.

To bypass TPM or Secure Boot checks in your PC, follow these steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > Setup.
  • Right-click on “Setup” and select “New” > “Key” to create a new entry named “LabConfig.”
  • With “LabConfig” selected, right-click in the empty space on the right panel and choose “DWORD (32-bit) Value” from the “New” option.
  • Name this entry “BypassTPMCheck.” Double-click on it and change its value to “00000001.” This will disable the TPM check.

BypassTPMCheck

  • Next, create another entry for the Secure Boot check. Right-click again in the empty space inside “LabConfig” and select “DWORD (32-bit) Value” from the “New” option.
  • Name it “BypassSecureBootCheck” and double-click on it. Set its value to “00000001” as well.

bypasssecurebootcheck

After following these steps, you’ll be able to install Windows 11 on a device without a supported processor or TPM 2.0 (though TPM 1.2 is still required).

Upgrade Windows 11 23H2 on Unsupported Windows 10 PC

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

  • First, attach the Windows 11 installation media to your PC then Open File Explorer using the Windows key + E
  • Click on “This PC” from the left pane. In the “Devices and drives” section, open the USB installation media.
  • Double-click on the “setup.exe” file to initiate the upgrade process.
  • Click “Next” and then confirm that this Windows 11 installation is not officially supported by clicking “Accept”.
  • Finally, click “Install”.

Once these steps are completed, the computer should successfully upgrade to Windows 11, bypassing the TPM 2.0 and processor requirements. Since this is an in-place upgrade, all your settings, applications, and files will be seamlessly transferred to the new setup.

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