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How to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware

You can upgrade an incompatible computer to Windows 11 at your own risk, and here are three methods to complete the task.

If you have a computer with unsupported hardware, you may upgrade to Windows 11, but not through Windows Update. Instead, you will have to use a bootable USB flash drive or ISO file to perform a clean install or in-place upgrade manually. 

Microsoft left the loophole open, but it won’t mention it anywhere in the documentation, nor will it be supported. According to the company, installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware will be an option for organizations. However, anyone could upgrade at their own risk knowing that there won’t be any guarantee of system stability and driver compatibility.

In other words, you can continue with the setup manually if you choose to install Windows 11 on incompatible hardware. However, you will have to confirm that the upgrade will have an “unsupported state.” Microsoft defines an “unsupported state” as a device that does not meet the minimum system requirements, and as a result, it won’t be entitled to receive updates from Windows Update. Although these devices will continue to receive updates anyway, the company won’t be obligated to provide security and driver updates or technical support.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to install Windows 11 (version 21H2 or 22H2) on a computer with incompatible hardware. Since the device does not officially support the new version of Windows, it’s not recommended to use this workaround unless you know the risks and understand that stability, compatibility, and updates are not guaranteed. 

Install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware with bootable USB

Using the ISO file to perform a clean installation, you will need to create a bootable media using a third-party tool like Rufus or Command Prompt to start the setup process with a USB flash drive. 

In addition, you also have to make sure the device can start from USB, which means you will have to change the UEFI settings. Since these settings are different on most computers, you will have to check your manufacturer support website for more specific details.

To install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, use these steps:

  1. Start the unsupported PC with the Windows 11 USB flash drive.

  2. Press any key to continue.

  3. Use the Shift + F10 keyboard shortcut to open Command Prompt.

  4. Type the following command and press Enter:

    regedit

    Windows 11 Setup open regedit

  5. Navigate the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup
  6. Right-click the Setup (folder) key, select New, and then Key option.

    Registry LabConfig

  7. Name the key LabConfig and press Enter.

  8. Right-click the LabConfig (folder) key, select New, and then the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

  9. Name the key BypassTPMCheck and press Enter.

  10. Double-click the newly created key and set its value from 0 to 1.

    BypassTPMCheck regedit

  11. Click the OK button.

  12. Right-click the LabConfig (folder) key, select New, and then the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

  13. Name the DWORD BypassSecureBootCheck and press Enter.

  14. Double-click the newly created key and set its value from 0 to 1.

    BypassSecureBootCheck regedit

  15. Click the OK button.

  16. Click the Next button.

    Windows 11 Setup

  17. Click the Install now button.

    Windows 11 install option

  18. Click the I don’t have a product key option if you are reinstalling. If Windows 11 has been previously activated after the installation, reactivation will happen automatically.

    Skip license key option

  19. Select the edition of “Windows 11” that your license key activates (if applicable).

  20. Check the “I accept the license terms” option.

  21. Click the Next button.

  22. Select the “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” option.

    Windows 11 custom install option

  23. Select each partition in the hard drive you want to install Windows 11 and click the Delete button. (Usually, the “Drive 0” is the drive that contains all the installation files.)

    Delete partitions Windows 11 setup

    Warning: When you delete a partition, it also deletes all data on the drive. Also, it is not required to delete the partitions from a secondary hard drive.
  24. Select the hard drive (“Drive 0 Unallocated Space”) to install Windows 11 on an unsupported device.

    Clean install Windows 11 on unallocated space

  25. Click the Next button.

  26. Select your region on the first page of the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE) after the installation.

    Windows 11 OOBE region

  27. Click the Yes button.

  28. Select your keyboard layout setting.

    Keyboard layout

  29. Click the Yes button.

  30. Click the Skip button if you don’t require configuring a second layout.

  31. If the computer uses an Ethernet connection, it will automatically connect to the network. If you have a wireless connection, you will need to set up the connection manually (a security key may be required).

  32. (Optional) Confirm a name for the computer.

    Windows 11 OOBE name PC

  33. Click the Next button. (The device will restart automatically.)

  34. Select the “Set up for personal use” option when setting up Windows 11 Pro. The “Home” edition does not have this option.

    Windows 11 setup types

  35. Click the Next button.

  36. Confirm your Microsoft account email to create an account.

    Create Windows 11 account

  37. Click the Next button.

  38. Confirm your Microsoft account password.

  39. Click the Next button.

  40. Click the Create PIN button.

    Windows 11 OOBE create PIN

  41. Create a new four-digit PIN.

    Create account PIN

  42. Click the OK button.

  43. Select the “Set up as new device” option. (Or select to restore your settings from a previous installation.)

    Windows 11 OOBE restore settings

  44. Click the Next button.

  45. Confirm your privacy settings that best suit your situation by turning on or off the toggle switch for each item.

    Windows 11 OOBE privacy settings

  46. Click the Next button.

  47. Click the Next button again.

  48. Click the Accept button.

    Privacy settings continued

  49. (Optional) On the “Customize your device” page, select one or more ways you plan to use the device to allow the setup to suggest tools and services customization during this experience.

    Windows 11 OOBE customize experience

  50. Click the Accept button to continue. (Or click the Skip button to skip this part of the setup.)

  51. Select the “Back up my files with OneDrive” to automatically upload your Desktop, Pictures, and Documents folders to the cloud. (Or Select the “Only save file to this PC” option.)

    Windows 11 OOBE backup files to OneDrive

  52. Click the Next button.

  53. Click the No, thanks button to skip the Microsoft 365 setup.

    Skip Office installation

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will install in an unsupported state, which means you may or may not get security or driver updates.

Upgrade to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware with ISO file

Alternatively, you can also perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 11 with an ISO file on a device that doesn’t meet the system requirements. However, you will first need to run a script to bypass the TPM, Secure Boot, and processor check. 

1. Bypass Windows 11 requirement checks

To bypass the minimum system requirements to install Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open MediaCreationTool.bat GitHub page.

  2. Click the Download button from the top-right corner.

    MediaCreationTool.bat download

  3. Save the Zip file on your computer.

  4. Navigate to the folder with the files.

  5. Click the Extract all button.

    Extract Zip file

  6. Click the Browse button.

  7. Select the extraction location.

  8. Click the Select folder button.

  9. Click the Extract button.

  10. Open the available folder (if applicable).

  11. Right-click the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd file and select the Run as administrator option.

    Skip TPM check

Once you complete the steps, you can mount an ISO file to begin the installation of Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. If the script seems not to be working, restart the computer and run it a few more times.

2. Upgrade to Windows 11 using ISO file

To upgrade an incompatible computer to Windows 11 (version 22H2 or 21H2) with an ISO file, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Support website.

  2. Under the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section, select the Windows 11 option.

  3. Click the Download button.

  4. Select the installation language.

  5. Click the Confirm button.

  6. Click the Download button to save the Windows 11 ISO file on the device.

  7. Right-click the ISO file, select the Open with submenu, and choose the Windows Explorer option.

  8. Click on the mounted drive from the left navigation pane.

  9. Double-click the Setup file to begin the Windows 11 upgrade process.

  10. (Optional) Click the “Change how Windows Setup downloads updates” option.

    Windows 11 setup update options

  11. Select the Not right now option.

    Disable updates during installation

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.

    Windows 11 setup requirement warning

  14. Click the Install button to upgrade while keeping your files and apps.

    Media Creation Tool settings

If you want to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows 11, click the Change what to keep option, select the Nothing option, click the Next button, and then click the Install button.

After you complete the steps, the setup will continue upgrading the laptop or desktop computer to the new release of the OS. However, Windows 11 will run in an unsupported state that won’t guarantee updates, nor will you receive support from Microsoft.

Upgrade to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware with Microsoft Registry workaround

Although it’s not supported, Microsoft has published a workaround to bypass the Windows 11 requirements to continue the setup process by editing the Registry. However, the computer still needs a device with at least TPM 1.2 and UEFI firmware with Secure Boot enabled.

1. Edit Registry to bypass official checks

To bypass the minimum system requirements to upgrade to Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start

  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.

  3. Navigate to the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
  4. Right-click the MoSetup (folder) key, select the New submenu, and choose the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

  5. Name the key AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU and press Enter.

  6. Double-click the newly created key and set its value from 0 to 1.

    AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU

Once you complete the steps, you can mount an ISO file or connect a USB media to begin the installation of Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.

2. Upgrade to Windows 11 using ISO file

To begin the Windows 11 upgrade process, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Support website.

  2. Under the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section, select the Windows 11 option.

  3. Click the Download button.

  4. Select the installation language.

  5. Click the Confirm button.

  6. Click the Download button to save the Windows 11 ISO file on the device.

  7. Right-click the ISO file, select the Open with submenu, and choose the Windows Explorer option.

  8. Click on the mounted drive from the left navigation pane.

  9. Double-click the Setup file to begin the Windows 11 upgrade process.

  10. (Optional) Click the Change how Windows Setup downloads updates option.

    Windows 11 setup update options

  11. Select the Not right now option.

    Disable updates during installation

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.

    Windows 11 setup requirement warning

  14. Click the Install button to upgrade while keeping your files and apps.

    Media Creation Tool settings

If you want to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows 11, click the Change what to keep option, select the Nothing option, click the Next button, and then click the Install button.

Once you complete the steps, the setup will continue upgrading the device to Windows 11.

These instructions should work to install Windows 11 21H2 as well as version 22H2.