Microsoft advises against installing Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, but still details the maneuver

You should not force the installation of Windows 11 on an incompatible PC. But in the event that it is absolutely necessary, Microsoft details the manipulation to be carried out. It is at your own risk.

Windows 11 the next day. Microsoft’s new operating system was officially launched on October 5, 2021. Those with a compatible computer now have the option to upgrade. Officially still, it is highly recommended not to attempt a switch to Windows 11 with a PC that is not 100% supported. And yet.

How to install Windows 11 on an incompatible PC (although it shouldn’t be done)

At the time of the launch of the operating system, Microsoft has indeed put online a dedicated web page, on its site, in which it details the installation methods of Windows 11. And if we find the one, quite standard , consisting of going through the Windows Update tool, the American company nevertheless takes the time to outline the ways of forcing the update on unsuitable workstations.

For those who have mastered the computer tool a little, the instructions given are relatively accessible. However, as we already pointed out in a previous topic, installing Windows 11 on an incompatible PC is a very bad idea. Moreover, Microsoft does not skimp on the warnings on its page: if it gives the method, the group multiplies the warnings.

Devices must meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 “, Thus recalls in the preamble the software giant, before underlining further that it is not recommended to disregard these technical requirements. The company goes so far as to point to a page developing the potential risks incurred, starting with that of no longer receiving updates, including security.

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Restoring Windows 10 is still possible

The good news is, it’s never too late to back down. Microsoft notably provides for a ten-day window in which it is possible to restore your PC to its previous state – in short, to uninstall Windows 11 and revert to Windows 10. It should also be remembered that the American company provides a tool used to check the compatibility of your workstation.

Paradoxically, even for compatible computers, it may also be wise to delay. Since the OS is very new, it can suffer from issues related to its youth – and this, even if it had a long beta phase that solved a lot of concerns. While there will not necessarily be a critical bug, some inconvenience cannot be ruled out in the short term.

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