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How to Install Windows 11 on an Unsupported PC

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Windows has changed its mind regarding unsupported pcs regarding their latest OS, Windows 11. If you are trying to install Windows 11 on old hardware, there might be a chance after all.

One of the biggest and most important requirements for Windows 11 is a relatively new generation CPU that can handle TPM 2.0 security. If you understand the security concern regarding their demand and still wish to continue, they published a small guide helping users out.

Here’s how to install Windows 11 on almost any unsupported pc.

Step 1 –  Download Windows 11

To manually install Windows 11 on an unsupported pc, you first have to download it. You have two options. One is to create a USB flash drive for the installation, and the other is by using an .ISO image and burn it to a DVD ( legacy method ).

Windows 11 official download page can be found by clicking here.

Step 2 – Activate installation without TPM

In order to install Windows 11 without TPM, we must first make some adjustments to our Windows Registry. The step shouldn’t be complicated to follow, but it normally isn’t for non-advanced users.

To access Registry Editor in Windows 10, just click the Start button and type in “Registry Editor”. Open the app and browse to the following path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > Setup > MoSetup

This is where you create a new entry. Right-click and go to New, then REG_DWORD. Use key name “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” and input “1” into the Value field.

Step 3 – Restart your computer to allow changes to take effect

It’s necessary to restart your computer in order for the changes to activate. After the restart, you will be able to u[pgrade to Windows 11 even though your hardware is not compatible.

Step 4 – Installing Windows 11 on non-compatible hardware

Now you’re all set to go. Use your flash drive or your new .ISO image and proceed with installing ( upgrading ) to Windows 11 on your unsupported PC. 

Microsoft also specified that installing Windows 11 on unsupported PCs ( hardware which isn’t compatible with TPM 1.2 ) might not be able to receive updates in the future. This aspect is crucial if you are on top of malware and want to keep your data safe.

Should you install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC?

Although everyone wants to stay up to date with software, especially from Microsoft, it’s important to factor in advantages and disadvantages if you are running Windows 11 on an unsupported PC.

Attacks such as Ransomware are on the rise. Being able to keep your computer OS up to date is crucial in protecting from online threats. If Microsoft will be unable to provide OS updates to your Windows 11, you will remain unprotected by 0day exploits.