Today, I want to show you how you can upgrade your windows 10 PC to Windows 11. Even if your processor is not officially supported, Windows 11 requires that you have an eighth generation or newer Intel processor. You also need TPM 2.0. But what if you don’t have those? Well, if you try to upgrade, you’ll see an error message that looks like this.
Basically, you need a fairly new PC to be able to run Windows 11. So what if your PC doesn’t qualify? Well, you have two different options. One, you could just continue running Windows 10 for another four years through October 2025. Or, alternatively, you can live life on the edge. And you can follow Microsoft’s official workaround for bypassing the CPU and the TPM checks.
And in a moment, we’ll walk through that guidance. But wait, Microsoft has an official workaround? Why would they do that? Well, it turns out lots of business customers want to evaluate windows 11, but they just don’t have qualifying hardware in place. Now, one caveat before we jump into this, doing these steps is at your own risk. And Microsoft has even stated that you may not get security updates in the future if you follow this workaround. Now, whether that’s an empty threat, or if Microsoft will actually follow through on that, it’s hard to tell my recommendation.
If you have an older PC that maybe you don’t care quite as much about Sure, feel free to upgrade it to Windows 11. If you have a mission critical device that you rely on, I would hold off on upgrading until we see whether Microsoft will actually follow through on not providing security updates. to install windows 11 on an unsupported device, head to the following website. On this website, scroll down to the bottom option where you can download an ISO for Windows 11. Here, select Windows 11, then click on download.
Next, you’ll have to select a language then click on Confirm.
It will be about a 1.5 gigabyte file. While the file is downloading, we need to make one simple change to the registry. To open up the registry editor go down to the search field on your taskbar and then type in Registry Editor. Next, click on the best match option within the editor.
We need to navigate to a specific location. Now that we’re in the correct location over on the right hand side, check if you already have a value for allow upgrades with unsupported TPM or CPU.
If you don’t have this yet, that’s okay. Simply right click and pick new D word 32 bit value. Name the value allow upgrades with unsupported TPM or CPU, just like what I entered here on the screen.
Next, double click on the new value that you just created, and enter one into the value data field. Next, click OK and close the registry editor.
And that was all we had to change in the registry. And that was actually pretty easy. Once your ISO finishes downloading, double click on the file to mount it. Within the ISO you’ll find a file titled setup.
Click on that and that’ll kick off the windows 11 install process and you should now find that you’re able to successfully install windows 11.
Now, let’s say you install windows 11 but you prefer windows 10. Well, within a 10 day period, you can still revert back to Windows 10 on Windows 11. Click on your Start menu and select Settings.
Then click on system. Then select Recovery. And here you’ll see the option to go back.
But just keep in mind you only have 10 days to do this before Windows 11 wipes out all of the Go Back files. Well hopefully you were able to successfully install windows 11.