What to do if my computer is unsupported for Windows 11

What Should I Do If My PC Doesn’t Meet Windows 11 Requirements

This has become a FAQ since the release of Windows 11.

Many users are attempting to update to Windows 11, only to discover that their PC or laptop doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

The most common failures include “unsupported processor” and “lack of TPM 2.0”.

Microsoft have an app called PC Health Check which can be downloaded by clicking this line of text. This will run a check to see if your hardware is compatible.

Why Is My Processor Not Supported By Windows 11

Microsoft have specified that newer generation CPU’s, at least Intel 8th Generation and AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen are supported.

Older processors may be more powerful (faster), but the reason for this is improved performance and security because of the architecture of the processor.

What If My Computer Fails TPM Test?

TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module Version 2.0) is an embedded hardware module that computers dating from approximately 2019 will have.

You can run a test to check if your computer has this module by entering the command Get-tpm into Windows PowerShell on Windows 10.

If the result comes back as Ready = False and Present = False, your computer most likely doesn’t have the TPM module.

My Motherboard Is New But It Doesn’t Have TPM

On some PC motherboards (purchased in recent years), TPM can be enabled in the BIOS settings. Until they are enabled, the computer will fail the W11 test to run.

To enable TPM (or fTPM), boot in to the BIOS settings and look for Secure Boot. Enabling this will often allow a feature called fTPM to run.

Once this has been enabled, check again in Windows PowerShell to see if TPM is present and enabled. If it now shows up as TRUE, you can go ahead and install Windows 11.

If this doesn’t work, you could go to the support pages for your motherboard on the manufacturer’s website. From there you could check for firmware or BIOS updates.

To get information such as motherboard model & current BIOS version, open a Run command (Windows Key & R) and enter this msinfo32

Video Instructions To Run Get-tpm In PowerShell

Can I Install Windows 11 On Unsupported Hardware?

The quick answer is yes. But the advice is to wait. There are currently a few work-arounds to install Windows 11 onto your system even if it has failed the initial compatibility test.

However, the advice at this moment (November 2021) is, wait. We advise continuing to run Windows 10 for at least 6 months.

The reason for this advice: we don’t know what will happen when the first big (service-pack type) update is released. Windows 11 have already released the first batch of security and bug-fix updates, which have gone fine. But we don’t know what will happen when the first major feature update comes out.

If you go ahead and upgrade now on unsupported hardware, the worry is that future feature updates will require the secure boot technology, therefore fail to install.

What Am I Missing By Not Installing Windows 11 Now?

Nothing. Windows 10 is fully supported until at least 2025. If anything, you could argue that Windows 10 is more stable. When a new OS is released, there are inevitably some bug fixes that need to be reported back to Microsoft to iron out and fix.

The testing process known as “Windows Insider” only allowed us to test the software for a couple of months before the final version was released. This did allow for initial bug fixes but there will be more that need fixed.

So for that reason, we advise sticking with Windows 10 for now on unsupported hardware.

Article Dated

This article is dated November 2021. The advice within this article may change in the future, once the new feature updates have been released and thoroughly tested.