How To Manually Upgrade To Windows 11

Having upgraded my main gaming PC as outlined in I Finally Upgraded To Windows 11, I then set about upgrading the remaining PC which I built about six months ago and use purely for watching content on the TV. I had no reason to believe that the machine wouldn’t be compatible because the CPU is a Ryzen 5600G, a 250GB NVMe, 8GB of RAM, and a new ASUS motherboard. However, when checking Windows Update where the Windows 11 Upgrade message normally appears, I was informed that the PC simply wasn’t good enough. I then used the Windows PC Health Check program which told me that TPM 2.0 wasn’t detected, so I went into the EUFI, tracked it down (AMD calls it fTPM), and turned the damn thing on because it appears to be off by default.

Having done that, the Health Check gave me a clean bill of health, so I went back to Settings>Windows Update so that I could carry out the upgrade only to find that my machine still wasn’t compatible. I can only put that down to a bug in the software and frankly I didn’t feel like messing around with hacks because I knew damn well that the PC met all the requirements. Incidentally, I and other DCT writers have written extensively about the Windows 11 upgrade debacle, so this situation came as no surprise to me at all. Besides, in reality, you could run both Windows 10 and 11 on a potato if you so wished and I have in fact done just that on a Pentium 4. So, without further ado, I decided to carry out an in-place upgrade to Windows 11 without downloading an ISO and directly through Microsoft’s Windows 11 website, using the Windows 11 Installation Assistant just for kicks.


Confirming that the Windows Update message was clearly a glitch, the upgrade went through without a hitch, taking less than twenty minutes with barely any fiddling about being necessary once it was completed. I usually add a couple of registry hacks such as Move To, Copy To, Disable Cortana, and Windows Photo Viewer to the dialogue window and we’re ready to go.

2 thoughts on “How To Manually Upgrade To Windows 11”

  1. Thanks Marc.
    I have not made the switch to 11 yet because so far as I can tell it doesn’t seem to offer me anything that 10 doesn’t at the moment and I’ve seen grumbles that as usual Microsoft knows what is best for us and has removed a couple of useful things in 10.

    How have you found it generally and compatibility wise with printers and other devices etc – was there any compelling reason you decided to upgrade beyond the fact that you could (and appreciate you have customers probably using it so maybe that was partly the reason ) ?
    Cheers Reg

    1. Reg
      I find it a little faster than Win 10 and there have been no compatibility issues at all.
      It’s a bit prettier too and I’m staying with the new taskbar position because, why not?
      Change is good and in spite of me saying that Win 11 sucks in a previous article, it’s now grown on me.

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