Microsoft had clearly said that if your computer does not comply with the latest hardware requirement for installing Windows 11, you would not be invited to upgrade to the new Windows 11. But, do not worry. In this guide, we will show how to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware (TPM, CPU, Secure Boot).
If you’re unsure whether your PC meets minimum system requirements for installing Windows 11, you can always use the PC Heath check app to ensure system compatibility.
If you have a computer that doesn’t support Windows 11, you may still be able to install Windows 11. You will have to use ISO Disk Image File to perform an in-place upgrade or Bootable USB Drive to clean install Windows 11.
Since your device will remain in an unsupported state, it is not recommended to use this workaround to install Windows 11 unless you install it at your own risk because there will be no guaranty of stability and updates.
Upgrade to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware with ISO File
If you’re not invited to upgrade to Windows 11 due to a lack of system requirements. You can download the Windows 11 ISO image file, mount it on your PC, and run the setup.exe to perform an in-place upgrade.
Before you move ahead to perform the in-place upgrade, you need to bypass Windows 11 requirement checks.
1. Bypass Windows 11 requirement checks (TPM & CPU)
Bypassing the Windows 11 hardware requirement checks is fairly easy. We will tweak the Windows registry settings to make this possible.
- In the Taskbar search, type “Registry Editor.”
- Open the Registry Editor from the search result.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key location: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup.
- Right-click the MoSetup key and select DWORD (32-bit) value.
- Name the value “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU“.
- Next, double click the new value you created.
- Change the Value Data from 0 to 1.
- Click the OK.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
- Restart the Computer.
Once you complete the steps, you’re ready to install Windows 11. Go through the following steps to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware (CPU & TPM).
2. Install Windows 11 using ISO File
- Download Windows 11 ISO file.
- Once you have downloaded the Windows 11 ISO, right-click it and select mount.
- Windows 11 ISO Disk Image will be mounted in File Explorer.
- Open the Windows 11 mounted Drive.
- Double-click the steup.exe to start the installing process.
- Windows 11 Setup will start.
- Click the Next.
- Click the Accept button to agree the terms.
- Under the Change what to keep, always choose Keep personal files and app. However, you can go with “Nothing” if you want a clean install.
- Once Windows 11 is Ready to install, click the Install button to install the Windows.
When Windows 11 is being installed, your PC might restart several times to complete the installation process. However, once it is done, you can explore Windows 11 on your computer.
You’re likely to encounter some of the issues with Windows 11 because you have installed it on incompatible hardware. But, if you’re okay with Windows 11, you can always stay with it; otherwise, you have an option available to go back to Windows 10.
Suppose you want to go back to Windows 10; you can do this within the next ten days. You can go to the settings > System > Recovery and click the Go Back option.
Install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware with Bootable USB
If you want to perform a clean installation of Windows 11 on your PC, you need to create a bootable media drive using a third-party tool Rufus or Command Prompt. However, you can also use the Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 11 Installation Media Drive.
To Install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, follow these steps.
Before you perform the clean installation of Windows 11. You need to bypass the CPU, TPM, and Secure Boot check.
1. Bypass CPU, TPM and Secure Boot
- First of all, open the Run box using Windows + R shortcut key.
- Type regedit, then hit the Enter button.
- In the Registry Editor, naviagte to the following key: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup
- Right-click the Setup, and select New > key.
- Name the key LabConfig.
- Right-click the LabConfig, and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
- Name the key BypassTPMCheck.
- Similarly, create the other keys and name the key BypassSecureBootCheck and BypassCPUCheck, respectively.
- Open the newly created keys respectively and change the Value Data from 0 to 1.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
Once you complete the steps, you can move to the next section to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.
2. Perform Clean install of Windows 11
It is recommended that you install Windows 11 in another partition so that you do not lose your existing operating system. Then, if Windows 11 doesn’t work correctly, you will have your old operating system available to use.
- Insert the Windows 11 Bootable Media Drive to your PC.
- Restart your PC, and boot with this Bootable Media Drive.
- Windows 11 Installtion setup will appear.
- Select the Language, Time, Keybaord, then click the Next.
- Then, click the Install button.
- If you’re asked for Activate Windows, then click the I don’t have a product key.
- Select the edition of the Windows you want to install.
- Check the I accept the license terms option.
- Click the Next.
- Then, select the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.
- Select the Partition in which you want to install the Windows.
- Click the Format to format the partition.
- Click the Next Button.
- Installtion process will start.
- Complete the Windows settings and finish the installtion.
Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will install on your computer in an unsupported state, which means the incompatibility issues will remain.
However, it is possible to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, but some issues will remain. However, if Windows 11 works fine on your computer, there will be no guarantee of system stability and compatibility for drivers.
That was all about how to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. I hope you’re now able to use Windows 11 on your computer. If you have any feedback, feel free to mention it below in the comment section.