Installing Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware

Retro

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UPDATE 14.12.23

New super easy way to install it in post 3, check it out.

Note that my old 2700K rig mentioned below is no more since the motherboard died very suddenly (literally in an instant) about a month ago with the PC idling on the desktop. There's currently another old mobo and CPU in there (i5-4590) to tide me over until I upgrade to the 14700K. That, of course, will make this W11 installation workaround redundant.





The fact is that computers 10-15 years old can run Windows 10 just fine and do the basics like browse the web, run Office and play many games and apps with good or acceptable performance. Yet, Microsoft has chosen to shut them out of its latest operating system, Windows 11, allegedly for security reasons.

I'm currently rocking an 11 year old 2700K based PC with 16GB RAM, an RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card, plus that old PC has no hardware issues. It's still really fast on the desktop and can even play most games just fine* with only the latest games, and the especially resource hungry ones, running at a slow framerate. All this, plus I even created NerdZone using it and am currently writing this post with it too, so it's hardly obsolete. It's just Microsoft and the hardware PC industry who want it to be to get more money out of users.

This video guide from the world's nerdiest YouTuber, Christopher Barratt of ExplainingComputers, clearly explains how to jump through the right hoops to install Windows 11 on your old, unsupported PC and save you hundreds, maybe thousands, of pounds or dollars in hardware upgrades.

Note that Microsoft might start getting funny with updates or other software or hardware issues pop up over time due to the aged hardware, so go into this with your eyes open.

This guide is so handy, that I've pinned this post for easy access.

*My recent purchase of a G-SYNC compatible monitor has extended that life further by ensuring that even lower framerates play smoothly, so no need for it to meet the refresh rate of a fixed rate high refresh monitor, which it may not be able to do. 60fps really is the minimum required for smooth gameplay, though.

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Thanks for sharing! I have windows 11, but not too thrilled with it. It's a bit quirky and the updates concern me at times on how they are going to frick-up my computer since I have alienware which is also quirky by itself.
 

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This video shows the easiest way I've seen yet to install W11 on unsupported hardware and it does an upgrade install, too. Just delete the contents of a dll file on the setup .iso and that's it! Superb.

On top of that, it works with the latest 23H2 version. I'll be trying this out on my old rig.

Full details on how to do this, here:

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If your PC is really old, like before 2010, then the next major revision of Windows 11, 24H2, will no longer run on it. Might finally be time to bite the bullet and upgrade the hardware.

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If your PC is really old, like before 2010, then the next major revision of Windows 11, 24H2, will no longer run on it. Might finally be time to bite the bullet and upgrade the hardware.

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Your old computers will work fine with Linux. Free operating system.

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@Geffers ...and no product activation. It was first released in 2001 with Windows XP and I still hate it with a passion.

The video actually makes a point of suggesting Linux, too.
 

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Folks, with support for Windows 10 finishing and Microsoft's hardware requirements for Windows 11 pretty strict many machines will not be able to upgrade so effectively become obsolete. Fear not, these computers will work perfectly well with the Free Linux Operating System.

You will be able to surf, play videos and write letters, to give you a taster here is a 15 minute video showing a Linux Desktop, what it looks like and showing some of the programs available.

Linux is ideally suited to older machines and drivers are built in to the system so likely everything will work out of the box. There are issues with some nvidea cards but this can be remedied.

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Further to my post Sunday 5 May suggesting that older incompatible computers unable to run Windows 11 can run Linux and I attached a short video showing a Linux Desktop, I did fail to mention another bonus of Linux.

The Linux system can read the Windows Filesystem allowing users to browse the Windows files and directories in the same manner as if you were in Windows. Image files, Videos, sound files, PDFs, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint can all be opened with Linux.

Here is a brief 5 minute video showing how the Windows filesystem is accessed.

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