Since the release of Windows 11, one topic in particular has been the focus of numerous discussions on the Internet: the high system requirements for everything to do with the processor. It has to support TPM 2.0 and HVCI (memory integrity function), which is why even halfway modern CPUs such as the first AMD Ryzen generation are not officially supported.
Unsurprisingly, many users are looking for ways and means of installing the new operating system on their system. They get help from an unexpected direction, namely from Microsoft itself, who also provide official instructions.
All information about Windows 11 – including a list of the official Intel and AMD CPUs – can be found in our large overview:
more on the subject
Our great Windows 11 FAQ
This is how you bypass the CPU lock
In one Support entry Microsoft offers step-by-step instructions on how to force an update to Windows 11 using a simple registry key.
You have to do the following steps:
- Access the registry by looking at it in the search bar
- Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMSetupMoSetup. It may be that the MoSetup directory has to be created first.
- In the right part of the window you put a new DWORD key with the name
AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPUand give it the value 1.
Then you can install either via Windows update search or the official ISO file nudge. What may sound like a happy ending at first, but should be carefully considered! Because Microsoft itself emphasizes that this forced update can have serious disadvantages.
Our hardware expert Alex explains in this video whether Windows 11 has advantages for gamers or not:
Windows 11 for gamers – the most important questions clarified
What consequences can the forced update have?
If you install Windows 11 on a CPU that is not officially supported, the performance, especially in games, can be significantly worse than you are used to from Windows 10. We have already started the benchmarks on this topic in detail and checked what losses you can expect.
In addition, your system should not receive any further updates, as the Windows search continues to brand your system as incompatible. Over time, this could become a security problem.
Resourceful hobbyists may also find solutions for this. Nevertheless, the following applies at the moment: If you really want to have Windows 11, nothing stands in your way. But you should be aware of the downsides. In the Windows 11 special episode of our GameStar podcast, we explain why we are currently only making a limited recommendation for the switch.
How are your experiences with Windows 11 so far? Do you regret the change or can the new look and feel convince you? Let us know in the comments!