How to install Windows 11 Insider preview on unsupported devices

Install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs

If you’re new to the Windows Insider program and you do not
have a compatible PC, you’ll see the following error message
when attempting to install Windows 11: Your PC does not meet
the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. Your channel
options will be limited.

On June 24,
Microsoft announced Windows 11 and promised that users in
the Windows Insider program would be able to download the
builds by joining the Dev ring. However, there are exceptions
to which PCs can install the Windows 11 beta builds.

If you’ve been installing builds on your PC or virtual machine
up through June 24, you can go ahead and install the preview of
new Windows even if your machine does not meet the hardware
requirements: newer CPU and TPM 2.0.

If you missed the deadline of June 24 and your device does not
meet the requirements, your channel options will be limited on
the Windows Insider program page and the following error
message will appear:

Your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements
for Windows 11

Your PC does not meet the minimum hardware

Thankfully, you can make minor changes to Windows Registry to
enroll into the Dev Channel and receive Windows 11 Insider
preview builds.

Install Windows 11 beta builds on unsupported devices

To install Windows 11 preview on unsupported
devices
, follow these steps:

  1. Backup Windows Registry.
  2. Open Windows Settings > Update & Security > Windows
    Insider Program.
  3. Click on ‘Get Started’ and connect your Microsoft account
    used for registering to the Insider program.
  4. Select the available channel: Release preview.
  5. Click on ‘Restart‘ when prompted.
  6. Reboot.
  7. Open the Windows Insider program and check if the Dev
    Channel option is available.
  8. If it is not available, type “Regedit” in
    the Start menu.
  9. On the Registry Editor, navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsSelfHostUISelection
  10. Double-tap on the UIBranch key on the
    right side of the window.
    Windows 11 unsupported device
  11. Change the value to Dev from
    ReleasePreview.
  12. Change ContentType to
    Mainline
  13. Change Ring key to
    External
  14. On the Registry Editor, now navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsSelfHostApplicability
  15. Change BranchName key to Dev
    Enable Windows 11 Dev Channel
  16. Make sure ContentType key value is
    Mainline and Ring is set to
    External
  17. Close the Registry Editor.
  18. Reboot.
  19. Open the Windows Insider Program program and make sure that
    your settings are correct (i.e Dev is selected).

Windows 11 on unsupported devices

Once done, you can now start testing the Windows 11 preview
builds on your unsupported device. However, if you start using
the preview builds on unsupported devices, you need to roll
back to Windows 10 when Windows 11 is generally available
(exists preview) and your device does not meet the requirements
at that time.

Insider preview on unsupported device

To check compatibility for Windows 11, you can either use
Microsoft’s PC Health app or manually verify the requirements.

You can check TPM compatibility by running
Get-Tpm command in PowerShell (elevated). For
CPUs, Microsoft says Intel’s 8th generation processors and
Ryzen 2000 or newer are currently supported.

Enable Windows 11 Dev Channel on unsupported device (method 2)

If you don’t have a Microsoft account, there’s a simple script
to join Dev Channel on unsupported devices and install Windows
11 builds:

  • Download the script from the GitHub
    website.
  • Right-click on the script and select “run as
    administrator”.
  • The command line window will display the available Windows
    Insider Program channels.
  • Select “Dev Channel” by pressing the corresponding
    number.
    Windows 11 Insider script
  • Press Enter-key.
  • Reboot.
  • Go to Windows Update and click on check for updates, and
    the build will start downloading.

OfflineInsiderEnroll is a simple script and it can be used on a
device with a local account, but you’ll need to set the
Telemetry setting to Full to receive preview builds.

If you’re planning to clean install the new Windows, you may
need to
bypass TPM 2.0 requirements by modifying the registry
during the installation screen.

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