Microsoft has been under fire for its stringent Windows 11 requirements which prevented many users from upgrading, even on modern PCs. However, the company has finally relented, publishing a simple registry edit that allows millions of more users to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
In what can only be described as an unusual development, Microsoft has announced a method whereby users can bypass requirements for TPM 2.0 and newer CPUs to upgrade to Windows 11. It must be noted that the older version of TPM (v1.2) is still required.
Microsoft published details of a registry edit on its Ways To Install Windows 11 webpage that allows users with PCs running older CPUs to upgrade to Windows 11 on the proviso that at least TPM 1.2 is supported and enabled:
This will open the way for millions of more users to upgrade to Windows 11 and appears to be a face-saving move from Microsoft. The Redmond giant has stood firmly by its stringent Windows 11 requirements, even in the face of a massive backlash, and by officially condoning this registry edit can now say it hasn’t eased the requirements but merely offered a workaround. The result, however, is the same.
There are other registry edits floating around the web that allows users to bypass the TPM requirement altogether but these are not sanctioned by Microsoft and may well come back to bite the user on the bum.
As far as I am aware, this move from Microsoft is a first. I cannot recall any previous situation whereby Microsoft has officially sanctioned a registry edit to bypass its own requirements. It seems that by constantly standing by its stringent Windows 11 requirements, Microsoft painted itself into a corner.
Please be aware that all other Windows 11 requirements still apply:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
Most machines already running Windows 10 should meet those basic requirements.