Try these alternative solutions when your device does not meet Windows 11 minimum system requirements to install the latest OS. By Zainab Falak, Published Feb 08, 2022
The Windows 11 release has proceeded at a lightning pace. The new version includes many changes, which means there will be compatibility issues you previously did not face in Windows 10.
For Windows 11, your PC must meet some strict requirements from Microsoft, which has caused plenty of confusion and frustration among the users. Fortunately, there are several ways to bypass the installation requirements and install Windows 11 on incompatible PCs, so all is not lost. So let's jump in to see how we can eliminate the Windows 11 compatibility checks!
What Are Windows 11 Installation Requirements?
It is essential to understand that the minimum specifications required to install the new operating system version are different from the recommended specifications. Here is what is absolutely necessary:
- Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm dual-core 64-bit processor running at 1 GHz or faster
- At least 4GB of RAM
- At least 64GB of storage
- Supported and enabled UEFI Secure Boot
- A Trusted Platform Module (TPM), version 2.0
- Supports DirectX 12 or later, using WDDM 2.0 drivers
- High definition (720p) display, 9" or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel
Windows 11's stringent compatibility checks are most restrictive for the processor requirements, and older hardware is less likely to pass them. See our guide to Windows 11's requirements for more info, which is especially useful if you want to run Windows 11 on a Virtual Machine.
Use the Windows11Upgrade Tool From GitHub
It is easiest to bypass the Windows 11 installation requirements with the Windows11Upgrade tool, which provides the option of an in-place upgrade as well as a clean installation.
Here is how you can install and use it:
- Visit the Windows11Upgrade tool's official GitHub page.
- Click on the file named Windows11Upgrade_EN.zip and wait for the download to complete.
- The downloaded file should be in ZIP format. Navigate to the download location and right-click on the file.
- Select Extract All from the context menu.
- Once done, access the extracted folder, right-click on the Windows11Upgrade file, and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
- You should now see a pop-up window with two options. Click on Select Windows 11 ISO File if you already have an ISO file. If you do not have an ISO file of Windows 11, click on the Download Windows 11 ISO file option.