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Windows 10 PCs incompatible with Windows 11

What should you do if your PC doesn’t meet Windows 11 requirements? The support for Windows 10 will be ended in 2025. How to deal with those Windows 10 PCs incompatible with Windows 11 after 2025? This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard offers you 2 solutions.

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What Happens to Windows 10 PCs in 2025?

Microsoft has released Windows 11 in 2021 and shifted the focus of development from Windows 10 to Windows 11. In addition, this company has declared that it would end the support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025.

After the Windows 10 support is ended, you will not get security updates on Windows 10. And your Windows 10 PC may get more virus attacks.

Nowadays, Microsoft is actively promoting the upgrade to Windows 11. It has released Windows 11 requirements and offered a Windows 11 compatibility check tool to help you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

If your PC meets the requirements, you can get the Windows 11 upgrade for free, but please note that the free upgrade policy may be ended in the mid of 2022. What to do if your Windows PC can’t meet the Windows 11 requirements?

What To Do If Your PC Can’t Meet the Windows 11 Requirements?

How to deal with Windows 10 PCs incompatible with Windows 11? You have the following choices:

  1. Upgrade incompatible systems to Windows 11.
  2. Make the switch to Linux.

Upgrade Incompatible Systems to Windows 11

In most cases, the main reason why you can’t upgrade to Windows 11 is the TPM 2.0 requirement. Although Microsoft doesn’t recommend you install Windows 11 on a device that does not meet Windows 11 minimum system requirements because this may cause compatibility or performance issues, it still tells you the way how to work around the TPM2.0 issue.

Note: If you install Windows 11 on a PC that doesn’t meet Windows 11 minimum system requirements, the PC will no longer be supported and won't be entitled to receive updates. Damages to the PC due to lack of compatibility aren't covered under the manufacturer's warranty.

Here is the way how to install Windows 11 on PCs that don’t meet minimum system requirements:

Step 1: Use Windows 11 media creation tool to create a Windows 11 bootable USB. 

Step 2: Edit the registry to remove the CPU and TPM check.

  • Open the Windows search bar to type “regedit”, and then press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
  • Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup.
  • Right-click in the right pane, and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name the value AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU.
  • Double-click on the new value, and change its value data to 1.
  • Choose “OK” and close the registry editor.

Step 3: Insert the Windows 11 installation media to your PC and make the PC boot from the USB drive. Then, you can go through the Windows installation process, but in the process, you’ll be presented with Microsoft’s warning for unsupported hardware. You need to accept this statement to proceed.

This PC Can’t Run Windows 11: What Should You Do to Fix It?

Finally, if things go wrong in Windows 11, you can roll back to Windows 10 by selecting Start > Settings > System > Recovery > Go back. Please note that the files required to roll back are only preserved for 10 days after installation.

Make the Switch to Linux

If your PC can’t meet the Windows 11requirements and you don’t want to bear any risk, another good way to deal with Windows 10 PCs incompatible with Windows 11 is to switch to Linux. To install a Linux OS, you can refer to the following guide:

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