How to upgrade to Windows 11 for free

After a long wait, the new version of Windows has been officially launched, although demanding certain minimum software and hardware requirements, some of them very easy to meet, but others such as the need to have a firmware compatible with secure boot. or have the TPM 2.0 chip implemented, they don’t seem to be.

This means leaving millions of computers around the world without the ability to install Windows 11. Especially when it is an easy and free process for computers running a legitimate copy of Windows 10 and updated to its latest version.

How to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11

Its installation on computers that meet the requirements imposed by Microsoft will come gradually in the form of a system update through the Windows Update function, so that all personal files, programs and user settings can be maintained. But the process can also be expedited in two ways.

Install Windows 11 automatically

The first is to download the Windows 11 installation wizard from the following official link: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2171764 and then proceed to run it.

This tool will check the compatibility of your computer with Windows 11 and will take care of updating it.

Install Windows 11 manually

The second option is to download the Windows 11 ISO file and proceed to install it manually using the Windows Explorer ISO Image Mounting Tool. For this you just have to do the following.

  1. Download the Windows 11 ISO file from the Microsoft download page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows11
  2. Right click on this file and select Properties. In the General tab, go to the Opens with: section and click Change.
  3. Select Windows Explorer as the program for opening ISO files and select Apply.
  4. Finally, right click on the ISO file and select Mount. This will lead to the creation of a virtual boot disk.
  5. Double-click on this drive to view its contents and run the setup.exe file to start the upgrade to Windows 11.

If your copy of Windows is legitimate, you will not need to enter the product key, as the Windows 10 key will be used.

You can also install Windows 11 from scratch on a compatible computer using Microsoft’s installation media creation tool. Once downloaded, it will help you create a bootable DVD or USB disk with Windows 11. You can download it from the following link: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2156295

How to get Windows 11 on an unsupported PC

All of the above works perfectly as long as the computer chosen to update to Windows 11 meets the requirements established by Microsoft. Otherwise, the installation hangs together with the error message This computer cannot run Windows 11.

To solve this problem there are some third-party tools. What they do is hack into the system settings incompatible with Windows 11 and allow its installation.

Microsoft itself has taken it upon itself to provide an efficient and simple method of overcoming the limitations imposed by themselves. However, they do not recommend it or ensure future support through its usual updates, and this is demonstrated by the warnings that appear on the screen once the blockade has been circumvented. The detailed procedure is as follows.

  1. Press Windows + R keys to bring up the Run dialog box. Type regedit and click OK.
  2. When the Windows 10 Registry Editor opens go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup.
  3. Right-click on the MoSetup key and select New > DWORD Value (32-bit). Right click on this new value and select Modify.
  4. For the value name enter AllowUpgradesWithUn supportedTPMOrCPU. In value data write the number 1. Reboot the system.
  5. Next, download the Windows 11 ISO file and follow the steps described in the second part of the How to install Windows 11 section located above.

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