Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware



Microsoft Windows 11 Operating System although for some came as fresh air and much-awaited change, but for most, it was news that was a letdown.

For people wishing to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, a PC Health Check App was listed to be downloaded from Microsoft’s site along with minimum system requirements. It came as a surprise then, that even only a few year old Microsoft brand devices were not found compatible. 

As with almost everything software related, there is a way to get around the problem. It would require you to manually edit your registry. Although not recommended if you don’t understand what you are doing or if you do not have a trusty source for the information.

This was however different Microsoft itself released instructions on its own support page to actually bypass the requirements and make the Windows 11 installation possible.

Advice: If you are a casual computer user and don’t depend on Microsoft’s propriety software for your daily workflow this may be a great time for you to Switch To LINUX instead. Open-source software and software available on Linux is getting better by the day and so is gaming on Linux.

I have not (yet) personally checked them or installed the new Windows 11 and thus, cannot say with surety that these will not break something or cause bugs to appear. So if you do wish to proceed with the above link do so at your own risk. Read the necessary documentation and instructions and understand them completely before actually going ahead and doing it on your system.

Moreover, even if you could successfully install or upgrade to the new windows, Microsoft has warned that installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware will leave it vulnerable, as it may not receive security updates. It may also not be able to receive any updates at all.

Again be very aware that these registry entries are sometimes found to be still evolving (new ones being added and previous buggy entries being corrected).

Some users who have used the methods listed on Microsoft’s site (plus various other articles and videos on the web) and, have been successful in installing Windows 11 on their unsupported hardware have called these warning as scaring tactics by Microsoft. Whatever it may be but I can guess if such a major update would be unavailable and make your hardware outdated, the displeasure of users at Microsoft is justified.

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