Windows 11 will be released this fall and as an Insider, you can check it out now. If your PC doesn’t meet the hardware requirements, we’ll show you a workaround to install it anyway.
Last month, Microsoft officially announced Windows 11, which will be released in the fall. Compared to the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, the minimum requirements for upgrading to Windows 11 are more strict, and not all machines meet these requirements. However, if you have a computer that does not meet these new requirements, you can still try out Windows 11 with a workaround and/or a virtual machine (VM).
Windows 11 Hardware Requirements
The main issue with running Windows 11 is the lack of Trusted Platform Module version 2.0 — or TPM 2.0 support on PCs running Windows 10. For more, make sure to read our article on how to check if your PC has TPM support for Windows 11.
TPM isn’t the only requirement to install Windows 11 on existing PCs. The other requirements include:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- 4GM RAM
- 64GB or larger storage
- UEFI, Secure Boot capable system firmware
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- >9” with HD Resolution (720p)
- Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home
This workaround will allow you to bypass Windows 11 hardware requirements then download and install Windows 11.
How to Sign Up for the Windows Insider Program
If you haven’t already signed up for the Windows Insider Program, go to https://insider.windows.com/en-us/register and click Sign in now.
On the Register tab, use the same Microsoft account you use for other services, like Office or email, to register for the program. If you’re already registered, the blue button will tell you that.
How to Turn on Optional Diagnostic Data
To allow your computer to stay in the Windows Insider Program and manage the program’s settings, you need to turn on optional diagnostic data.
Go to Start > Settings.
Click Update & Security.
Go to the Windows Insider Program screen and then click Go to Diagnostics & Feedback settings to turn on option diagnostic data.
Select the Optional diagnostic data option. Then, use the back arrow in the upper left to go back to the Windows Insider Program screen.
How to Get Started with the Windows Insider Program
Go back to Update & Security > Windows Insider Program in the Windows Settings.
Click Get Started.
How to Pick Your Microsoft Account
Click Link an account on the Pick an account to get started popup dialog.
Click Microsoft account on the Sign-in dialog and click Continue.
Enter the email for the same Microsoft account you used to register for Windows Insider Builds. Then, click Next.
Enter your password and click Sign in.
How to Pick Your Insider Settings
On the Pick your Insider settings popup dialog, select Release Preview Channel and click Confirm.
Click Confirm again.
Click Restart Now to finish signing up for Windows Insider Builds.
How to Change the Registry Settings to Join the Windows 11 Dev Release Channel
Now, we’re going to change the registry to join the Dev Release Channel instead of the Release Preview Channel.
Once your computer has rebooted, press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog.
Type: regedit in the Open box and click OK.
In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
Then, double-click UIBranch on the right. If you don’t see UIBranch in the list, see below to create it.
If you need to create the UIBranch key, right-click on an empty area in the right pane. Go to New > String Value.
If you’re creating a new UIBranch key, type: UIBranch in the Value name box. If this key already exists, the Value name will already be there.
Type: Dev in the Value data box and click OK.
Make sure the ContentType key is set to Mainline and the UIRing key is set to External. If you don’t see these keys, create them as described above.
Next, navigate to the following key:
Double-click on the BranchName key and change the Data value to Dev. Also, make sure the Data value is Mainline for the ContentType key and External for the Ring key.
Again, if you don’t have these keys, create them as described above.
Close the Registry Editor and reboot your PC.
How to Install the Windows 11 Insider Preview
Once your computer reboots, you should be all set to receive Windows Insider Preview builds. To check this, go to Start > Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program.
You should see Dev Channel under Pick your Insider settings.
To install the Windows 11 preview build, go back to the Windows Update screen in Settings > Update & Security. The update should automatically start downloading.
Once rebooted, you should be all set to receive Windows 11 Insider Builds. You can also navigate to Windows Insider settings to check if your system is enrolled into Dev ring.
After going through the initial setup process, you’ll have Windows 11 installed and running on your computer. Have fun!
For more information, see our article on why your PC won’t run Windows 11. You can also find out what items are being removed or deprecated from Windows 11.