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How to upgrade to Windows 11, whether your PC is supported or not [Update]

Everything you need to know —

Supported or not, new or old, here’s everything you need to know.

Andrew Cunningham

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Andrew Cunningham We originally published this installation guide for October 2021 shortly after the OS release Windows 11. To keep it up to date and as useful as possible, we updated it in August 2022 to cover the tweaks Microsoft made to the 22H2 version of Windows Installer, as well as some new workarounds for unsupported systems.
It’s been nearly a year since Windows 11 launched, and the first major update is coming Posting at some point in the next few weeks. Even if our initial review didn’t convince you to upgrade, you’re probably considering it now because it’s more mature and some of the biggest early bugs have been fixed. We have assembled various resources to create a A comprehensive installation guide for upgrading to Windows 11. This includes advice and some steps – step-by-step instructions to turn on officially required features like TPM and Secure Boot, as well as official and unofficial ways to bypass system requirement checks on “unsupported” PCs because Microsoft is not your parent, So can’t tell you what to do.
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How o I installed is Windows 11? The easiest way to get Windows 11 is to check for Windows Update on a supported, fully up-to-date Windows 10 PC. However, if you don’t see it there, or if you have a lot of computers to upgrade and just want to download the new OS once, there are other options. Microsoft offers several manual downloads for Windows 11 Methods. One is to use the Install Assistant app, which is installed on your PC to trigger a normal upgrade installation via Windows Update. The second is to use the Windows 11 Media Creation Tool, which automates the process of creating a bootable USB installation drive or downloading an installation ISO file. Once you have a USB drive, you can boot from it to perform a clean install, or run the setup app from within Windows 10 to perform a normal upgrade installation. You can also burn the ISO to DVD, but installing from any USB drive (even an old USB 2.0 drive) will be much faster, so you shouldn’t. Finally, you can download the ISO file directly from the Microsoft website.

  • Do I need to pay? Windows 11 is a free upgrade to Windows 10. So, if you’re running Windows 10 Home or Professional on your PC, you’ll be able to install and activate the equivalent version of Windows 11, whether your PC supports it or not. If you are installing on a new PC you built yourself Windows 11, then you should purchase a Windows 10 or Windows 11 license. These can be purchased from retail sites like Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, or directly from Microsoft for between $120 and $140.
  • informally , you can purchase a valid Windows product key from a product key resale site for $15 to $40. Many of these sites are sketchy and we won’t link directly to any of them, but it’s an option to get a working key. Also, I informally, It’s an open secret that the equivalent version of Windows 11 was activated using the old Windows 7 and Windows 8 product keys. Windows 10 installers will continue to accept these legacy product keys long after the “official” free Windows 10 upgrade offer expired in 2016, and at least in our testing, they continued to work with Windows 11.

    my computer What needs to be “supported”?

    Let’s reiterate the Windows 11 system requirements:

  • “Compatible” 1 GHz or faster dual-core 64-bit processor from Intel, AMD or Qualcomm
  • 4GB RAM

    64GB storage

  • support and enable UEFI Secure Boot
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Version 2.0

  • with WDDM 2.0 driver DirectX 12 Compatible GPU
  • 720p monitors larger than 9 inches

  • Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account and Internet connection; Windows 11 Pro on Windows 11 version 21H1 Local accounts are still available in the 22H2 update, but in the 22H2 update, the Pro version Ben also requires a Microsoft account to log in. There are some workarounds, which we’ll cover later.

    Processor requirements are the most stringent; supported processors Includes 8th generation and newer Intel Core processors and AMD Ryzen 2000 series processors and newer. These are chips that were launched in late 2017 and early 2018. Older computers cannot officially run Windows 11. This is very different from Windows 10, which supports almost anything that can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    We take a closer look at the reasons behind these claims (and whether they hold) in our review. But the three major requirements are CPU requirements, TPM requirements and Secure Boot requirements.

    How can I tell if my computer is supported?

  • Windows Update can tell you if your PC is supported, but The PC Health Check app will still give you the most detailed information.
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    The version of the message you will receive if your PC is supported.
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    When you are in When you turn on Windows Update in Windows 10, it may tell you if your PC is supported. But the easiest way to check manually is to use Microsoft’s PC Health Check app. Earlier versions of this app were not very good, but the current version will tell you if your PC is compatible and why is compatible or not.
    If you are not using a supported processor, please plan Upgrade to a supported CPU or skip to the section where we discuss installing Windows 11 on an unsupported PC.
    If your processor is supported but you do not meet TPM Or Secure Boot requirements, the good news is that unless you’re having a serious problem with your PC, they should all be features you can enable in your PC’s BIOS.

    How do I enter the BIOS of my PC?

    Typically, you can enter your BIOS by pressing a key after turning on the PC but before Windows starts to boot. Keys vary, but common ones include the Delete key, F2 (for Dell systems), F1 (for Lenovo systems), or F10 (for HP systems). Consistent but more roundabout way of opening the BIOS Yes go to the Windows Settings app, then Windows Update, then Recovery, then restart now under Advanced Startup. In the basic blue screen you see next, click Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then UEFI Firmware Settings. If your drive uses the older MBR partition style, you will need to convert it to GPT before you can enable Secure Boot. How do I enable my TPM?

  • Enabling the processor’s built-in firmware TPM is easy, but sometimes not. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, try searching for “[computer or motherboard manufacturer] enabling TPM” as many manufacturers have created help pages specifically for Windows 11.
    For Intel systems, if you are in the chipset or security I can’t find a setting labeled “TPM” somewhere, look for “Platform Trust Technology” or “PTT” and enable it. AMD systems usually just refer to it as “fTPM”, although you might also refer to it as “Platform Security Processor” or “PSP”.
    After enabling TPM, reboot into Windows and view device management or use a health check application to make sure it is working properly. How to enable Secure Boot?
  • Any computer manufactured since Windows 8 was released in 2012 should support Secure Boot, which helps prevent unsigned and potentially malware processes from loading during your PC startup. If it’s not already enabled, you should be able to turn it on in your PC’s BIOS, usually in the “Security” or “Boot” section. As with enabling TPM, if you can’t find the setting, check your PC or motherboard manual.
    If your computer is After booting it won’t start, don’t worry, you just need to do a few extra steps. The boot failure is most likely because your hard drive or SSD has an MBR (or Master Boot Record) partition table set up instead of the newer GPT (GUID Partition Table) format required by both Secure Boot and UEFI.
    To check, right-click the start button or use Windows + X keyboard shortcut and click Disk Management in the popup menu. Right-click on any drive where Windows is installed (on most computers it will be Disk 0, but not always if you have multiple hard drives), then click Properties, then check the Volumes tab. If your partition style is listed as MBR, that’s when you need to convert the drive.

    If your drive uses the older MBR partition style, you will need to convert it to GPT before enabling Secure Boot.

    Andrew Cunningham Converting from MBR to GPT in Windows 10:

  • Open Settings, Windows Update, Recovery, and then click Restart now under Advanced Startup start up”.
  • When your PC restarts, click the Troubleshoot button, then Advanced Options, then Command Prompt.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type If your drive uses the older MBR partition style, you will need to convert it to GPT before you can enable Secure Boot.mbr2gpt /validate Check to make sure the drive can be converted. Then, enter mbr2gpt /convert to convert the drive.
  • is complete, re-enable Secure Boot in your BIOS and your PC should boot normally.
  • If your drive uses the older MBR partition style, you will need to convert it to GPT before you can enable Secure Boot.
    If this transition fails for some reason, the easiest option may be to reinstall Windows 10 or 11 with Secure Boot enabled. When you format the drive and install Windows from a bootable USB stick, it will use GPT instead of MBR.

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