How to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware

Upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware involves a few additional steps since Microsoft has specific system requirements for Windows 11. However, it is possible to bypass some of these requirements. Here’s a step-by-step guide for performing an in-place upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.

Disclaimer:

Upgrading unsupported hardware to Windows 11 may lead to performance issues, compatibility problems, and a lack of updates. Proceed at your own risk, and make sure to back up your data before starting.

Step-by-Step Guide to Perform an In-Place Upgrade to Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware

Step 1: Check Your Current Windows Version
  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type winver and press Enter.
  3. Note down your Windows 10 version and build number.
Step 2: Backup Your Data

Before making any significant changes, it’s crucial to back up your important files to avoid any data loss.

Step 3: Download Windows 11 ISO
  1. Visit the Microsoft website to download the Windows 11 ISO file.
  2. Select Download now under the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” section.
Step 4: Mount the Windows 11 ISO
  1. Right-click the downloaded Windows 11 ISO file and select Mount.
  2. This will create a virtual drive containing the Windows 11 installation files.
Step 5: Modify the Windows 11 ISO to Bypass TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot
  1. Open the mounted ISO drive in File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the Sources folder.
  3. Locate the file named appraiserres.dll.
  4. Delete the appraiserres.dll file. This file checks for TPM and Secure Boot during the installation.
Step 6: Run the Windows 11 Setup
  1. In the root directory of the mounted ISO, find and double-click setup.exe to start the installation process.
  2. The Windows 11 Setup will begin. Choose Not right now when asked to download updates.
  3. Click Next to proceed.
  4. Accept the license terms.
Step 7: Choose the Upgrade Option
  1. When prompted, select Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files and applications. This ensures an in-place upgrade without losing your data or installed programs.
  2. The setup will check your system for compatibility. If you see a warning about compatibility issues, you can proceed despite the warning due to the removal of appraiserres.dll.
Step 8: Complete the Setup
  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  2. Your PC will restart several times during the process.
  3. After the installation, you’ll be taken to the Windows 11 setup screen to configure your settings.
Step 9: Install Drivers and Updates
  1. Once Windows 11 is installed, check for any missing drivers in Device Manager.
  2. Download and install necessary drivers from your hardware manufacturer’s website.
  3. Check for Windows updates and install them.

Conclusion

Performing an in-place upgrade to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware involves a few additional steps to bypass system requirements. While this method allows you to keep your files and applications intact, be aware of potential performance and compatibility issues. Ensure you have backups and consider the risks before proceeding. Enjoy the new features and improvements of Windows 11!