Windows 11 has just been released to the public and it seems to be enticing a lot of new users. Many users have jumped the ship and have upgraded to Windows 11 while others are looking to take the leap right away. If you are in the same boat, then sadly, you might have realized that Windows 11 still has its TPM and Secure Boot requirements.
What’s more, is that a new bug going around with the media creation tool and Windows update is preventing compatible users from updating to the new Windows 11. If you’re facing the same issue then here’s how you can fix it on your PC.
This PC doesn’t currently meet all the system requirements for Windows 11″ error: Why are you seeing this on a compatible system?
If you’re facing this issue on a system that passes the PC Health check app test from Microsoft then you are likely using the media creation tool or Windows update to update your PCs.
This is a known issue that has been acknowledged by Microsoft and a fix for the same is underway. Users are randomly affected by this error on Windows 10 when using either the Windows Update tool or the Meda Creation tool to directly update your PC from your local storage.
In such cases, you can use the fixes mentioned below to solve your issue.
How to fix the “This PC doesn’t currently meet” error when installing Windows 11
You can use the following ways to fix this error on a compatible PC. We recommend you try the first fix as that seems to fix the issue for most users.
If using a different upgrade tool does not solve your issue, then you can move to the subsequent fixes mentioned in this guide. Let’s get started.
Fix #1: Make sure you are meeting all the requirements
- Ensure that you are on Windows 10 v2004 or higher.
- Ensure that you meet the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on your system.
- Ensure that you have at least 9GB of free disk space on your system so that you can download Windows 11 on your local storage using the Assistant.
- Ensure that you run the Installation Assistant as an administrator.
- Processor: 1GHz or faster with 2 or more cores.
- RAM: 4GB or higher
- Graphics: DX12 compatible with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Disk Space: 64GB free space on the drive you want to install Windows 11 on
- System: UEFI, with Secure Boot
- TPM: 2.0 or higher
- Display: 720p @ 8bits or higher
Why is this important? Well, because small issues may remain unattended sometimes.
See the screenshot below for example.
The drive on which we were installing Windows 11 had only 53 GB of total space. This didn’t meet Windows 11 requirement. Once we increased the size of that disk, we were able to fix this issue.
So, do review the Windows 11 requirements again.
Fix #2: Use an alternative way of upgrade
As the issue is prevalent when using the Media Creation tool or Windows update, the known fix is to simply use another upgrade method from Microsoft.
We recommend you start with the new Installation Assistant from Microsoft which is a dedicated utility developed to help you easily upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
You can use this comprehensive guide from us to use the Installation Assistant to update your OS directly. You will need a working internet connection to update using the same.
If Update Assistant doesn’t seem to fit your requirements or if it presents you with the same error, then we recommend you use a Windows 11 ISO instead. Microsoft has also released dedicated ISOs for the new OS and you can upgrade using the same by following this guide.
CSM or compatibility support module is a BIOS environment that helps your OS communicate with your hardware when using older Operating Systems that do not support UEFI.
CSM creates a compatible legacy environment where your OS can properly operate on your new hardware. However, if you’re installing Windows 11 then this won’t work for you as you will need to have UEFI enabled on your system.
A big issue with such systems is the fact that you can’t boot into your currently installed OS with UEFI enabled on your system. Hence if you have such a system, then we recommend you create a bootable USB for Windows 11 using this guide and then enable UEFI on your system. Once enabled, boot into your USB drive and then upgrade your PC to Windows 11.
Fix #4: Install Windows 11 on Unsupported systems with the ‘registry bypass’ hack
If you meet all the basic requirements for Windows 11 then you can install Windows 11 by bypassing TPM and Secure Boot requirements.
Windows allows you to do this officially while warning you that you will be vulnerable to security threats.
Not much information is available for the same but for now, it seems that you will miss out on all security and privacy updates from Microsoft in the future if you opt to do so.
To do this, youneed to disable the system check in the refgistry for TPM and Secure Boot.
Note: This hack involves editing your registry values which is why we recommend backing up the same before proceeding with the guide.
Now, let’s see how to do this.
Open the Registry Editor and go to this address:
Here, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value called AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU. Now, double-click on the new Value to edit it, and replace Value data from 0 to 1 and then click OK to save it. Check out the GIF below for help.
The method above is the best one really, as even Microsoft themselves suggested it. However, if you fear editing a registry file, then you tweak the Windows 11 ISO file to disable it from checking the Secure Boot and TPM requirements and install the Windows 11 upgrade right away.
All you need to do is install Windows 11 using the ISO file provided by Microsoft but removing the appraiserres.dll first inside it.
See the link below.
We hope this guide helped you get familiar with the new incompatibility error faced when installing Windows 11. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop us a comment below.
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