Install Windows 11 on 'incompatible' systems using Microsoft's official registry hack to bypass the TPM 2.0/CPU check

Although Microsoft would prefer it if people waited to be invited to install Windows 11 on compatible hardware, you can jump the queue now and install it in a number of ways, including by downloading the ISO file, or using the Windows 11 Installation Assistant.

Microsoft has warned against installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware but -- in the perfect display of the mixed messaging the company seems so adept at delivering when it comes to the new OS -- it’s also revealed the steps you need to take to do exactly that.

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Using Microsoft's hack will bypass the check for TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is still required) and the CPU family and model.

Starting with a warning that states: "Microsoft recommends against installing Windows 11 on a device that does not meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. If you choose to install Windows 11 on a device that does not meet these requirements, and you acknowledge and understand the risks, you can create the following registry key values."

Follow these steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
  • Search for AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU
  • Change its value to 1.

Once you’ve done that, restart your PC and install Windows 11 using your preferred method.

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