Windows 11 has officially arrived to the public with more pain than glory. The reason? The company’s controversial update policy, which despite offering the new version of the operating system completely free of charge – if you have a valid Windows 10 license – leaves out a large number of computers for not meeting the minimum requirements demanded by Microsoft. The good news is that there are several methods to bypass this blocking, some provided directly by the company itself. This time we will show you how to install Windows 11 on a non-compatible computer by following several methods to bypass the installer’s hardware check. All this without accessing the BIOS, at least a priori.
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Understanding Windows 11 Installation Limitations: Processor Generation and TPM
As announced at the official launch event a few months ago, the two components that limit the installation of Windows 11 on computers are the processor, on one hand, and the TPM module, on the other. In the case of processors, the company limits installation to Intel models from the eighth generation down, i.e. any processor from the 7000, 6000, 5000, or 4000 series, among others. As for the TPM module, the minimum iteration required is based on the TPM 2.0 standard, which is supposed to be mandatory for all Windows computers released since 2016, even if it has not been implemented.
Starting from these two limitations, we have methods we will use to bypass the processor and TPM module checks in the upgrade process. The first method, by the way, is developed by Microsoft – although in our tests it had no effect.
Download the Windows 11 Installer from the Official Website
If you have an active version of Windows 10, the first step is to download the Windows 11 installer in executable format, which you can download from the official Microsoft website. Since the methods for bypassing the hardware check are based precisely on the executable installer, you will not be able to use ISO images or physical disks to install the system from an external drive.
Once the tool has been downloaded, you will proceed to apply the two methods explained below before running the installer.
Bypass the Processor Check To Install Windows 11
To bypass the processor model check in the Windows 11 installer, the first thing to do is to open the Windows 10 Registry Editor, which can be accessed by typing the following word in the Start menu search box:
Once inside, go to the following path, which can be accessed by pasting the path directly in the address bar or manually accessing folder by folder:
In case the folder is not found, you will have to create it manually by right-clicking on the root folder, which in this case corresponds to Setup. Inside the MoSetup folder, create a key by right-clicking on any blank space, click on New, then select the REG_DWORD type (or DWORD 32-bit):
Right-click on the just created Key and click on “Modify”. In Value data, type ‘1’ (without the quotes) and select a hexadecimal base. The result should look similar to the following screenshot:
After completing the information, click OK and save all changes.
Bypassing the TPM Module Check
To bypass the TPM module security check, you will have to resort to a script developed by Ayeyo, whose Github repository can be accessed through this link. From the same repository, you can analyze the source code of the tool, which you can download by clicking on the Download ZIP button on the right side of the web page.
With the tool downloaded, unzip the ZIP file and run either of the two executables in CMD format (Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update_v1.cmd or Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update_v2.cmd as of publication date) although it is recommended to always run the latest version. Automatically, a PowerShell window will be enabled that will execute the corresponding commands when pressing any key after granting the appropriate permissions.
With the executable open, you can now run the Windows 11 installation tool. It should be noted that this executable allows users to configure the media check in different formats through the ISO image, although on this occasion only the installable one will be used. It should be noted that if you run the CMD executable that you just downloaded again, the TPM module check will be re-enabled, so you will have to stay tuned.
During the installation process, it is likely that the tool will display some incompatibility warnings, such as those related to the components we have just mentioned. To continue with the installation, just click on OK and Continue. In our case, we have tested installing the system on a computer with a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and have not experienced any performance problems due to incompatibility or computer performance.