What to do When Your Processor Doesn’t Support Windows 11

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The long-anticipated Windows 11 has been released, and a lot of people are still excited about the new added features. But what if your computer’s processor isn’t supported by Windows 11? Does this mean you are left out of the fun?

Don’t worry! You have a few options. You can try to upgrade your processor, you can buy a new computer that does support Windows 11, or you can find a workaround. In this article, we’ll explain how you can work around this requirement by editing your computer registry. You may also be interested in How to enable dark theme in Windows 11 and How to install singularity on Linux.

Bypassing The TPM Check on Windows 11

You can work around this requirement by bypassing the TPM check, and this is done by editing the registry. Editing your computer registry can be costly if you make a mistake, so I advise that you backup your computer before continuing with this step. That said, let’s jump in.

Step 1. Press the Windows key + R to open the run menu. Then type in regedit and hit the Enter key.

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Step 2. After approving the administrator privilege, type the following path into the navigator as you can see on the top of the Windows Registry Editor. “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup”

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Step 3. Next, right-click on Setup. Navigate to New >> Key and name it LabConfig.

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Step 4. Right-click on the LabConfig key and navigate to New >> DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it BypassTPMCheck. Double-click on the new DWORD, set it value to 1 and select Ok to save.

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Step 5. Repeat the steps to create two other DWORD with their name set to “BypassRAMCheck” and “BypassSecureBootCheck” with their value set to 1.

Step 6. Go to Windows 11 download page, scroll down to create Windows 11 installation media, and hit the Download Now button.

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Step 7. Prepare a USB drive, making sure it is formatted and has a minimum space of 8GB.

Step 8. Click on the downloaded “mediaxreationtool.exe” file to run the program.

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Step 9. After granting the program administrative privilege, accept the license agreement to continue.

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Step 10. The setup wizard should begin immediately, continue pressing the Next button, and select USB drive as your preferred storage once prompted.

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Step 11. Windows 11 will be downloaded into the inserted USB drive as shown below.

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Step 12. Open the registry editor again by pressing Windows key + R and typing in “regedit” and press OK.

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Step 13. Now, navigate to the following path “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup” and create a new DWORD value using the step you used earlier. Set its name to “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” and its value to 1.

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Step 14. Now locate the USB drive you previously installed your installation media to, open it and click on Setup to start the installation process. Follow the installation wizard prompt to complete setup. Also check How to create a VM and install a VM Guest on OS.

Alternatives to Windows 11 for Older Processors

If you’ve determined that your processor isn’t compatible with Windows 11, thankfully you still have some options. One thing you can do is install an older version of Windows, such as Windows 8 or Windows 7. This operating system will work with most processors and will allow you to continue using your old hardware.

If you’re not a fan of the older versions of Windows, there are also some good alternatives. Chrome OS could be a good option if you’re looking for a lightweight operating system that is optimized for web-based applications like Google Docs and Netflix. Alternatively, Ubuntu is a free and open-source Linux-based operating system that is easy to use. Both are good choices for low end processors and will provide decent user experience for basic tasks like emailing, web browsing and writing documents.

Conclusion

If your computer processor doesn’t support Windows 11, don’t worry. You can bypass this requirement by editing your computer registry, and another alternative is to use an older version or Windows.

I hope you find this guide helpful, kindly leave a comment below if you have any questions.

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