How do I install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware without losing data?

Copper Contributor

I would like to learn how to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. My current computer does not meet Microsoft's official system requirements, such as TPM and Secure Boot, but I would still like to upgrade. I am particularly concerned about losing all my data and files or applications during the installation process. Can anyone provide a detailed tutorial or tips on how to successfully bypass these limitations and install Windows 11 on my computer without affecting its performance or losing data? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

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@VanderER 

 Installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware can be a bit tricky, but it’s definitely doable with the right approach.  Sometimes, you might need to edit the Windows Registry on your current system before you start the installation.  But, incorrect changes can cause the system to become unstable, leading to frequent crashes or a complete system failure.

There are a couple of great tools you can use to bypass the system requirement so you can install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware even the very old ones.
Can you share the tutorial on how to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware? I need it!

@VanderER 

Installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware is technically possible, but there are risks, including potential system instability.

 

Using a tool like Rufus to create a modified ISO for Windows 11 installation, which can bypass some of the hardware limitations Microsoft has placed on its latest operating system, such as TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot requirements. This method involves manipulating the installation media to override these checks, allowing Windows 11 to be installed on older or unsupported hardware, but it is complex and prone to problems! 

@VanderER Another possible way to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware (CPU/TPM2.0/Secure Boot) is via a batch script.

 

First, Obtain the official Windows 11 ISO from the Microsoft website. Now, mount the Windows 11 ISO and copy all files to USB drive. Next, download a script that bypasses the TPM and Secure Boot checks. One such script is the "Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd" from GitHub. Also, copy this file to USB drive.

 

Boot from the Windows 11 USB drive. When you reach the "This PC can't run Windows 11" message, press Shift + F10 to open the Command Prompt. Run the script by typing its path in the Command Prompt and pressing Enter to start installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.

The Win-Boot-Mate app has a built-in option to bypass Windows 11 system requirements when burning Windows 11 ISO to USB. You need to check the bypass option first. Once you have the bootable USB drive, then you can use it to install Windows 11 on any unsupported hardware. However, you should make a backup of your data first. The clean install will wipe the C drive.

Another simple trick is to replace the Appraiserres.dll file from Windows 11 ISO. The appraiserres.dll file is responsible for providing various resources and functions to these applications, including Microsoft Office, user interface components and graphics rending.

 

Now, download a copy of Windows 10 and Windows 11 ISO from Microsoft website. Now , burn Windows 11 ISO to USB and replace the appraiserres.dll from Windows 10 ISO. 

 

Finally, boot the computer from USB and install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware such as unsupported CPU or No TPM/Secure Boot.

@Carly_Amanda 

Thanks for your help, but the batch script I found online wasn't compatible with the latest Windows 11 ISO. Despite following the instructions, the script failed to bypass the TPM and Secure Boot checks, resulting in an error message that stated, "This PC can't run Windows 11." 

Since your computer doesn't meet the Secure Boot requirement, you'll need to disable the Secure Boot before installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. This might vary depending on your motherboard or BIOS settings. Check your manual or online documentation for instructions.
You can use Win-Boot-Mate's built-in option to bypass Windows 11 system requirements when burning a Windows 11 ISO to USB. But bypass system requirements can create security vulnerabilities, as it may allow installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware configurations. This can lead to potential exploits and compromises to your system's security.
Replacing the Appraiserres.dll file from the Windows 10 ISO with the one from Windows 11 ISO is a "tricking" approach. This might lead to compatibility issues with system instability, crashes, or errors when running these applications.