How to install Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the minimum requirements


Although it is possible, experts do not recommend installing Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the requirements.

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Microsoft does not recommend installing Windows 11 on devices that do not meet the minimum requirements. According to the company’s arguments, this installation “can cause compatibility problems” that result in poor performance of the equipment, inability to update in the future or possible damage not covered by the manufacturer. However, everything will depend on the decision of the user who must be aware of the risk he/she is running before carrying out this process, which can be completed in various ways.

How to carry out the installation process?

If you have a device that doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to install Windows 11 but you still decide to take the risk, there is a way considered the safest by the manufacturer:

1. Go to the start menu and click on “Settings”.

Windows 10 desktop screenshot
Screenshot of the Windows 10 desktop showing the start menu.

2. All the options to configure the equipment will open. Among them is the “Security Updates” option, click on it.

Screenshot showing the Windows 10 settings menu
Screenshot showing Windows 10 settings options.

3. The system will take you to the Windows Update menu on your computer. Click on the “Check for updates” button.

Screenshot of the Windows Update update menu in Windows 10.
Screenshot of the Windows Update update menu in Windows 10.

If the system is ready to receive Windows 11, it will be shown among the first options. This verifies that the computer is compatible with the new operating system. In case it does not appear, it will be necessary to use other ways such as the installation wizard or the creation of media for Windows, both tools are available on the software download page.

What are the minimum requirements to install Windows 11?

According to the Microsoft help page, each user must be aware of the technical specifications of their device before carrying out the installation of Windows 11. Once you identify them, you will also need to know the requirements of this new operating system:

1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores in a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC).

2. RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB).

3. Storage: 64 GB or more storage device.

4. System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot supported.

5. TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.

6. Graphics card: DirectX 12 or later compatible with WDDM 2.0 driver.

7. Display: High Definition (720p) display larger than 9″ diagonal, with 8-bit color channel.

8. Internet connection and Microsoft account: Windows 11 Home requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft account.

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