I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but in case you were the kid who used to walk with scissors, I’ll do it: this could hurt. What I’m about to tell you could cause crashes. Drivers and various system functions can get stuck. Your computer could melt into a pile of cinders tangled in your carpet and almost impossible to clean. You could even throw the moon out of orbit. Baaaaad Things could happen.
We are entering unauthorized territory here.
Okay, for the benefit of the two who haven’t read all of Ed Bott’s coverage of Windows 11because it should be shipped from the factory, Windows 11 only supports certain PCs. It only supports 64-bit machines with TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot.
As we discussed even some of Microsoft’s own Surface computers don’t run Windows 11. Or at least they can’t do it unless you do a little tinkering.
Did i mention baaaaad Things could happen? OK Good. Keep this in mind as we get into the process.
First, there’s one caveat that we can’t get around: if you don’t have a 64-bit processor, give it up. You need a computer with a 64-bit processor. But when you have that, you are ready to change the space-time continuum.
As it turns out, Microsoft isn’t as tied to the idea of calling for a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) as they’ve all led us to believe. Deep in hers June 2021 Minimum Hardware Requirements for Windows 11 PDF is the sentence: “After approval by Microsoft, OEM systems for commercial special systems, custom-made systems and customer systems with a custom image do not have to be shipped with TPM support activated.”
Lawrence Abrams of Bleeping Computer took advantage of this detail. in the his article, it shows how you can bypass the compatibility check by creating a new LabConfig key and setting the DWORD values BypassTPMCheck, BypassRAMCheck and BypassSecureBootCheck to 1.
If that doesn’t work for you, Zachary Wander has XDA on the Android site four more approaches he describes in detail. His first approach is to manually (and manually, he’s hacking registry keys, ‘natch) log into the dev channel. In theory, that should allow you to install Windows 11 on unsupported computers.
If that doesn’t work, he has more tricks up his sleeve. The next approach also involves logging into the dev channel, but instead of a registry hack, you’ll have to run a github script (because that’s not scary at all).
His third approach is to create a hybrid USB installer. You’ll download ISOs, burn images to USB sticks, hack registry entries, and much more. If Windows 11 installs this way, you have earned it.
And finally, he has a hack where you go into the Windows 11 ISO file and remove a compatibility check file.
So. Yes. The. Another thing that goes without saying is that if you can get this to work with the current test build of Windows 11, it may not work if the current version of Windows 11 ships. It may not even work when the next test build of Windows 11 is released. But if you’re impatient and want to run Windows 11 on an unapproved device, then this is the place to go.
Just don’t come to us crying if you are blamed for destroying the moon because you had to try Windows 11 on your own unapproved computer.
tell me, what do you think about this? Will you try Did you recently purchase a Windows computer and now it won’t run Windows 11? Do you feel abandoned? Do you think Linux is the next best thing, and do we think we were all sheep running Windows in the first place? Are you going to jump to a mac? Or is it time to pull out the screwdriver, open your tower, and swap out components? Let us know in the comments below.
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