After running the compatibility checker for Windows 11, I was surprised to find most of our computers did not pass. I decided to investigate this further and came up with a way to get Windows 11 to run on computers that did not pass the test. I am providing this for your information and experimenting.

Use this at your own discretion and risk. You are responsible for any damage to your computer system and/or loss of data that could results. You should protection and backup of your data. In any case, KComputer Zone and Kteck Webs will not be liable for any damages that you may suffer in connection with using this information. Furthermore, support from Microsoft for a modified install may be limited or not available.

A) Preparation Stage

Important stage to be prepared for the later stages.

B) Create Windows 10 USB Installer

To make this we will need to make the Windows 10 install USB stick with both 32bit and 64bit included.

  1. Insert the USB Stick from preparation stage into a open USB Port on your computer
  2. Run the downloaded MediaCreationTool21H1.exe,
  3. Click Yes on the UAC Prompt
  4. Agree to the terms by clicking Accept
  5. Select Create installation media (USB flas drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC) then click Next
  6. Unselect Use the recommended options for this PC and set Architecture to Both then click Next
  7. Select USB flash drive then click Next
  8. Select the USB drive you inserted and click Next
  9. TheWIndows 10 Media Creation Tool will download and create the Windows 10 USB Installer

C) Customize the Boot Menu

This step will replace the existing 32bit and 64bit Windows 10 setup menu items with options to install Windows 11 in fully validated state and in a state that has no compatibility checks.

  1. Run the downloaded VisualBcd_0.9.0.1.msi
  2. Click Yes on the UAC Prompt when prompted
  3. Complete install as its presented.
  4. Open Visual BCD
  5. Click Yes on the UAC Prompt
  6. Agree to the terms by clicking Accept
  7. Click Store then select Open store then browse to the boot folder in the root of your USB Stick and select bcd
  8. Edit entry for Windows 10 Setup (32-bit)
    1. Double click on Description and change it to Windows 11 Setup (No Compatibility Checks)
    2. Double click on ApplicationDevice and change x86 to no-checks
    3. Double click on OSDevice and change x86 to no-checks
  9. Edit entry for Windows 10 Setup (64-bit)
    1. Double click on Description and change it to Windows 11 Setup
    2. Double click on ApplicationDevice and change x646 to official
    3. Double click on OSDevice and change x64 to official
  10. Click Store then select Open store then browse to the efi/Microsoft/boot folder in the root of your USB Stick and select bcd
  11. Edit entry for Windows 10 Setup (32-bit)
    1. Double click on Description and change it to Windows 11 Setup (No Compatibility Checks)
    2. Double click on ApplicationDevice and change x86 to no-checks
    3. Double click on OSDevice and change x86 to no-checks
  12. Edit entry for Windows 10 Setup (64-bit)
    1. Double click on Description and change it to Windows 11 Setup
    2. Double click on ApplicationDevice and change x646 to official
    3. Double click on OSDevice and change x64 to official
  13. Rename the x86 folder in the root of your USB Stick to no-checks
  14. Rename the x64 folder in the root of your USB Stick to official
  15. Delete setup.exe and autorun.inf from the root of your USB Stick
  16. Replace the install.esd in the no-checks/sources contained in the root of your USB Stick with the install.wim from the Windows 11 install media
  17. Delete the contents of the official folder in the root of your USB Stick and replace them with the contents of the Windows 11 install media

D) Enable selection of any Edition (Optional)

By default the setup media will default to the edition that matches your in UEFI BIOS key but that can be annoying if you have upgraded to pro and your BIOS key is home.

  1. Click on the Start button and type notepad then press enter
  2. Paste the text below into the notepad window
    [Channel]
    OEM
  3. Click File then select Save As...
  4. Browse to official/sources in the root of your USB Stick
  5. Enter the file name ei.cfg and click Save
  6. Click File then select Save As...
  7. Browse to no-checks/sources in the root of your USB Stick
  8. Enter the file name ei.cfg and click Save

E) Convert install.wim to install.esd (Optional)

You may need to convert the non compressed install.wim to the compressed install.esd if your usb stick don't got enough free space on your USB Stick

  1. Click on the Start button and type command then click on Run as administrator
  2. Click Yes on the UAC Prompt
  3. Make folder on your Desktop named Temp
  4. Copy install.wim to the Temp folder on your Desktop
  5. Run the command Dism /Export-Image /SourceImageFile:"%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Temp\install.wim" /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:"%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Temp\install.esd" /Compress:recovery /CheckIntegrity
  6. Copy install.esd to the Sources folder for both official and no-checks in the root of the USB Stick

F) The End

If all of the required steps (and possibliy the optional steps) went well you should now have a bootable USB install stick that has Windows 11 in both offically supported state and all compatablity checks bypassed (windows 10 mode).



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