How to update to Windows 11 on an unsupported computer

If you try to update to Windows 11 on a PC or laptop that lacks TPM 2.0 or has it disabled, has a processor from an unsupported generation, or other compatibility issues, you will see the message “This computer does not meet the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 11.” However, there’s a way to circumvent this. First of all, check if your computer is otherwise compatible with Windows 11. You can do this using the PC Health Check program.

Automatic update to Windows 11 without compatibility checks using Universal Media Creation Tool

You can find various ways to work around the minimum system requirements for updating to Windows 11, such as editing the ISO image or the registry. There’s also the option to use a clean installation of the OS from a USB flash drive, but this is not always convenient.

  1. Go to the official page of the Universal Media Creation Tool script and download the file archive by pressing the Download ZIP button in the upper right.
  2. Unpack the file archive to any convenient location.
  3. Run the MediaCreationTool.bat file from the folder.
  4. After launching the file, you may receive a SmartScreen filter notification that the program is unknown to the system. Click “Details” and then – “Do it anyway”.
  5. Once it’s launched, it will open a command line and a window in which you need to choose the system version. Select Windows 11.
  6. The next window will prompt you to select the desired action. In our case, select Auto Setup (automatic installation).
  7. After the start of the automatic installation, the necessary files will be downloaded directly from the Microsoft website (as you will see in the command window). Then, after confirmation in PowerShell, the setup program will launch.
  8. Even though the installer will indicate downloading Windows 10, it will be downloading an update to Windows 11. It’s just that the installation employs the Media Creation Tool from the previous system.
  9. All that, all you need to do is wait until the download is complete and “media is created”. (In fact, no media is created and Windows 11 will be installed completely automatically; your computer will reboot in the process).
  10. After the “Working with updates” stage, you’ll see the Windows logon screen. Once you log in, the system will be set up for the first launch.

The official way to skip the checks of Microsoft TPM and processor generation