How to upgrade to Windows 11 on non-compliant computers

In this article, friends, we will talk about how to update Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 to Windows 11 on computers that do not meet its minimum system requirements. Those. How to upgrade to Windows 11 without TPM 2.0, Secure Boot and UEFI and with an unsupported processor.

The requirements of the 11th Windows are strict, technically unsubstantiated, in fact, represent a strategic step by Microsoft to oust old and relatively old computers from the user’s everyday life. If our computer does not meet the system requirements for Windows 11, we will not receive an update to it in the Update Center of our current version of Windows. And we won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 11 using the official upgrade tools Microsoft has provided for eligible computers. But we can install Windows 11 from scratch and upgrade to it on unsupported computers using third-party tools. Let’s see how to upgrade to Windows 11 if your computer does not meet its system requirements.

 

↑ How to upgrade to Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the system requirements

 

↑ Highlights

 

What is Windows 11 in general, is it worth, in principle, to bother with updating it and switch to it, friends, you can see in the article about the presentation of Windows 11 and in its comprehensive review. You can also look at the operating system in detail in the publications devoted to working with it. The new Windows 11 is undoubtedly good, but due to its system requirements it can be a headache for those whose computers do not meet these requirements. On such computers, we will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11 using the official update tools from Microsoft – the Windows 11 Installation Assistant utility and the Windows 11 installation ISO image. The utility will notify us “Use the PC Health Check app to check compatibility”, i.e. .e. will send us to use the utility for compatibility with Windows 11.

And the update using the Windows 11 installation ISO will stall at the system requirements check stage with the issuance of components to us that do not pull on Windows 11.

You can check whether your computer meets the requirements of Windows 11 using various utilities, see the article “How to check your computer for compatibility with Windows 11” for details. If it doesn’t, see the Windows 11 System Requirements article for explanations and guides to troubleshoot the cause of the non-compliance. If you cannot eliminate these reasons without a radical upgrade of your computer, and this is not yet possible, welcome to the outsider zone. In this zone, you can:

  • Install Windows 11 from scratch using various workarounds described in the article “How to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0, Secure Boot and UEFI”
  • Upgrade to Windows 11 using various workarounds, which will be discussed in detail below.

Fortunately, compliance or non-compliance with system requirements does not in any way affect the transfer of a license to Windows 11. Having upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, we will transfer it to a new operating system and licenses, and all our accumulated goodness – system settings, account, programs , your user data.

 

Important : We will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11 if our original operating system is Windows 10 with LTSB or LTSC long-term servicing. And we will not be able to update on 32-bit operating systems, because Windows 11 is only 64-bit.

 

How to upgrade to Windows 11 if the computer does not meet its system requirements? Friends, upgrading to Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the system requirements is not easy, unlike a fresh installation. Checking computer components for compliance with Windows 11 is firmly embedded in the update process, and no registry edits and file substitutions in the installation image that worked with the first insider assemblies now work with a stable operating system. Microsoft is serious about limiting the use of Windows 11 and is strengthening mechanisms to block the installation of the system on unsupported PCs and laptops. But there is opposition to every action, and no matter how Microsoft puts obstacles, there are ways to bypass them.

 

↑ Launch of the Windows 11 Installation Assistant utility in the compatibility mode with Windows 7

 

The Windows 11 Setup Assistant utility mentioned above is one of the official tools for upgrading Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 to Windows 11. It will not work if your computer does not meet the Windows 11 system requirements, but there is one simple trick you can do, and She will work. You need to run this utility in compatibility mode with older versions of Windows, for example, with Windows 7. How to download this utility, and how to update with it, see the article on the site about the official methods of updating to Windows 11. In the case of unsupported 11th Windows computers do the same thing, just before starting the Windows 11 Setup Assistant utility, let’s select Properties from its context menu.

Let’s go to the properties in the “Compatibility” section and set the compatibility mode with Windows 7. Click “Apply” 

And only after that we can launch the utility and work with it. Who knows if this trick will work in the future. Therefore, of course, we need additional mechanisms for solving this problem.

 

↑ Universal MediaCreationTool utility from GitHub

 

There is opposition to every action – this vital law was implemented by enthusiasts from GitHub. And offered upgrade solutions for computers that do not comply with Windows 11. The solutions, however, may or may not work. But, as they say, demand will not hit the forehead. You don’t lose anything if you try.

 

Enthusiasts have posted on GitHub a set of tools Universal MediaCreationTool, which allows you to create installation images of Windows 10 and 11 in different versions using the custom utility MediaCreationTool. Most importantly, these tools include a pre-upgrade Windows 11 compliance skip script and a Windows 11 upgrade mechanism that works for non-compliant computers. Uploading an archive with tools to GitHub.

We unpack the archive. And let’s take a look separately at the two ways to upgrade to Windows 11 offered by the tools in this archive.

 

↑ Script for skipping the Windows 11 compliance check before upgrading to it 

 

In the unbuckled folder there is a command line script file Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update. This is a script to skip the Windows 11 compliance check before upgrading to it.

By running this script, we can update using the official Windows 11 installation image. To launch the script, press any key in the PowerShell window.

Then we download the Windows 11 installation ISO image from the Microsoft website and try to update with it.

Important : friends, restarting the script will cancel its effect. If something doesn’t work out for you, start the script over again.

If the method doesn’t work, try the next one.

 

↑ Upgrade to Windows 11 using the custom utility MediaCreationTool

 

In the unpacked folder, we will also have a command line script file MediaCreationTool. This is a semblance of the original Windows boot utility from Microsoft, executed in a script.

We run this script. We bypass the SmartScreen filter: click “More”, then – “Run anyway”.

After starting the script, we will see a window with versions of Windows 10 and 11. Select “11”. 

Next, click “Auto Setup”.

And we will start the upgrade process to Windows 11. It is fully automated, we will only observe its stages. Friends, do not be confused by the fact that at the first stages the update process will take place in the Windows 10 setup window. It should be so.

Later, the upgrade process will go to Windows 11 Setup.

The installation of Windows 11 will start.

Next, there will be the stages of introducing updates in the pre-boot mode.

Final stages.

And that’s all – we will observe the operating system updated to Windows 11.

Here is this, friends, how to upgrade to Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the system requirements.

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