It is not after all impossible to run install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC. Recently Microsoft launched Windows 11 with strict hardware requirements for improved security. Keeping in mind that some old PCs don’t come with Secure Boot, TPM, Virtualization-based Security (VBS), Microsoft has not backtracked on its decision.
A harsh decision by Microsoft would leave millions of people away from the Windows 11 upgrade process. Though there is no reason for users to get disheartened after all as Microsoft has shared a way to the TPM and CPU model/family check for people who want to manually install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs.
How to Run Windows 11 On an Unsupported PC by Editing Registry?
Making changes to the Windows Registry can seriously damage your machine if not done correctly. You are required to strictly follow the instructions given by us and do not edit anything else in the registry. In case you make a mistake you will need to reinstall Windows.
The method mentioned below will only bypass the check for TPM 2.0 and CPU model/family. You need to understand your computer still needs to have at least TPM 1.2. If your PC does not meet this minimal requirement you will need to buy a new PC.
- Open Registry Editor by pressing Win + R
- Type Regedit, and press Enter.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > Setup > MoSetup in the left panel of the Registry Editor.
- Left-click on the MoSetup key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value. Name it as AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU.
- Double-click on the newly created entity, enter 1 in the Value Data field and press OK.
- Close the Registry Editor and reboot your computer.
Now you are ready to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, though to use Windows 11 for a long time we would suggest buying a new PC is a better option.
Why Avoid Installing Windows 11 on Older Hardware?
Microsoft is trying to set new hardware standards with Windows 11, especially with an emphasis on security features such as Virtualization-based Security (VBS). This feature relies more on the tech built into the later generation of CPUs.
Microsoft has had a poor track record when it comes to security and it plans to change this image for good. The company has portrayed Windows11 as a secure operating system and it requires it to be strictly installed on systems that meet its requirements. If not users are advised to stick with Windows 10, Microsoft will support it till 2025.