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How to Install Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware

Windows 11

Windows 11 is available, but not every PC supports it. If you want to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, here’s what you’ll need to do.

Microsoft’s minimum system requirements for Windows 11 leave out a significant number of PCs. Officially, Windows 11 only supports PCs with modern AMD and Intel CPUs that support TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. This leaves a lot of people with perfectly functional PCs stuck on Windows 10, but there’s a way around the problem.

There’s a simple Registry change you can perform to make Windows 11 work on older unsupported hardware. It’s important to note that Microsoft may hold back cumulative updates for your machine if you bypass TPM and UEFI Secure Boot requirements, however.

If you want to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, here’s what you’ll need to do.

Note: This trick is “Microsoft approved” but it does require that you tweak the Registry. If you change the wrong settings, your PC can become unstable, or worse, stop working altogether. Before continuing, make sure to back up your PC, back up the registry, and create a Restore Point so you can restore your PC if something goes wrong.

How to Install Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware

Officially, Windows 11 has these minimum system requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor. A minimum of 2 or more cores is required on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or larger storage
  • UEFI/Secure Boot capable system firmware
  • DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • A 9-inch screen with HD Resolution (720p) or larger
  • Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for Windows 11 Home

Does your PC fall short of Microsoft’s minimum system requirements to run Windows 11? If it does, you might see a message that says that your PC “doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements.” Alternatively, it may tell you that a certain component (such as your processor) isn’t supported.

To get around this problem, you’ll need to edit the Registry to bypass the issue. You can then begin the installation manually using the Windows 11 installation image files.

Download the Windows 11 ISO

One of the first things to do is download the Windows 11 ISO. This is the installation image file which you can find on this Microsoft page. Scroll down to the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section and select Windows 11 from the dropdown.

Click the Download button to begin downloading the file to your PC.

download windows 11 ISO

Next, select the language you want to use, then click Confirm.

Select language for windows 11

You will need to click the 64-bit Download button—Windows 11 only comes as a 64-bit OS. This will take some time to complete.

64-bit-download-windows-11

Modify the Registry

While the ISO file is downloading, open the registry by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R. In the Run dialog, type regedit, then press OK.

Regedit

Next, navigate to the following path in your Registry. You can copy and paste the following address into the address bar at the top:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup

Next, right-click MoSetup on the right, then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

registry path mosetup

Name the 32-bit value to AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMorCPU and type 1 in the Value Data box. Click OK to save.

allow unsupported tpm or cpu

You’re free to close the Registry Editor at this point. Wait for the ISO to finish downloading, then restart your PC for the Registry changes to take effect.

Mounting the ISO File

After your PC restarts (and once the Windows ISO file has downloaded), right-click the file in File Explorer, then select Open With from the context menu.

Open With

Choose Windows Explorer to mount the ISO, then press OK.

Windows Explorer

Your installation files will appear as a virtual drive in File Explorer. Open this drive, then double-click the setup.exe file to begin the installation.

Press Yes to agree to the UAC dialog if it appears.

Windows 11 Setup File

Install Windows 11

Provided you modified the Registry values correctly using the steps above, you should be good to go—Windows 11 should begin installing.

Agree to the EULA and follow any additional on-screen instructions to begin the process.

12 Accept EULA Windows 11 install

The Windows 11 installer will check for any available updates. When you reach the Ready to install screen, press the “Change what to keep” link to confirm what files and settings you wish to keep.

Change what to keep

You can choose to keep your personal files or apps, keep your files but remove the apps, or wipe your PC completely (similar to a clean install).

Select your preferred option from the list, then press Next.

Choose what to keep

You should be ready to begin the installation. If you want to proceed, press Install to begin installing Windows 11.

Ready to Install Windows 11

Windows 11 should now successfully install on your “unsupported hardware.” This will take some time, so take a break at this point and wait for the process to complete.

installing windows 11

You may see additional warnings about unsupported hardware as the installation continues. As long as the changes above are completed successfully before you begin, you should be able to ignore these and continue your installation.

Updating to Windows 11

The steps above should help you to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. Officially, this feature allows business users to test Windows 11 on large-scale environments, but it remains available for users at home to use, too.

Installing Windows 11 is one thing, but customizing it is another. A lot has changed in Windows 11—you may want to move the Start menu back to the left, for example. There are also new ways to open Task Manager, so if an app crashes, don’t panic, because you can still force it to close.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Bob

    This did not work. It allowed me to select the dev channel and start the download however at the 8% downloaded mark i got a prompt stating “This PC cant run Windows 11” and the download stopped completely. Microsoft must be on to the registry edit bypass.

  2. Jennifer Window

    Why are we getting all these Windows 11 tips and hints when no one has it yet. Seems a bit ass backwards if you ask me.

  3. Mike

    Thank you very much for this detailed tutorial! It gave me confidence to try installing Windows 11 on my laptop which does not meet the CPU requirements (i5 7th generation; 8th generation required). The installation went well and Windows 11 is now up and running! The computer performance on Windows 11 seems to be the same as Windows 10.

  4. GeorgeX

    Did not work. I tried to use “Beta” channel, but as soon as I enter Settings after reboot, only the Release Preview is available, and the values in the Registry have again changed to “ReleasePreview”.

    Values are still “Beta” before entering Settings, so it is the Settings app that changes them back.

  5. GeorgeX

    Setting “Dev” in the Registry got me the option for the Dev channel, but I would prefer Beta. Isn’t the string for Beta, “Beta”? Answering my own question and checking a Windows 11 VM on Beta, the value is indeed “Beta”.

  6. Phil

    My CPU is older and i have TPM 1
    With the registry settings I installed 11 through windows update and have gotten 3 updates since.

  7. Mike

    Update on my previous comment: Windows 11 is still working well on my computer and I’m still receiving updates despite not meeting the CPU requirements. I currently have os build 22000.348 installed. All my software and apps installed when I was running Windows 10 are still working, so I’m happy.

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