Simple trick to install Windows 11 on an old PC

Simple trick to install windows 11 on an old computer

Windows 11 hardware requirements

As you know, 11, the latest version of Windows is expected to be issued within this year, according to Microsoft. In the previous post, I showed you how to get and activate it for FREE. After that, some of you mailed me and said that they got the error “This PC can’t run Windows”. This issue is related to system requirements. Perhaps your PC is old and does not meet the minimum hardware resources, CPU and RAM in particular. It means you need to upgrade your system to be able to install Windows 11.

Simple trick to install Windows 11 on an old PC

Do not worry if you are using an old laptop or desktop. There is a simple way to install version 11 on your PC for free without upgrading the hardware. First, you need some necessary files. It includes a free file archiver like 7zip, a freeware that helps you create ISO image from a folder such as ImgBurn portable and 2 ISO images, one of Windows 10, the other of Windows 11.

ImgBurn portable:

As soon as you get them, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Extract the 2 ISO images you got above.

Right-click on the file and select extract. Then rename them to “W10” and “W11” for brevity.

Extract iso image files
Extract iso image files
Rename extracted folders
Rename extracted folders
rename folders for brevity - Simple trick to install Windows 11 on an old PC

Step 2: Replace the install.wim file in the W10\sources folder with the respective one in the W11\sources folder.

Replace the install.wim file
Replace the install.wim file

Step 3: Create a new ISO image from the W10 folder.

Using ImgBurn to create Windows ISO image file

Open the portable version of ImgBurn then select the option “Create image file from files/folders” from the menu.

create image file from files and folders
create image file from files and folders

On the next window, please follow the steps in the picture below.

build new iso image
build new iso image

(1): Select the W10 folder

(2): Select the destination folder and set the name of new ISO image of Windows

(3): Select Advanced tab > Bootable Disc

(4): Put a tick in the checkbox “Make Image Bootable”

(5): Select the file etfsboot in the W10\boot folder

(6): Set the value to 8.

(7): Click it to build the ISO file

Please wait until the file is created successfully. If you do not have time to do all steps above, you can download the ISO file I built already here. After having the image file, just burn it to a flash drive. And you now have a Windows 11 bootable USB that runs great on old hardware.

If you would have any questions or concerns, please leave your comments. I would be glad to explain in more details. Thank you so much for all your feedback and support!

17 thoughts on “Simple trick to install Windows 11 on an old PC”

  1. Addendum to my post from October 5th, 21st.
    If the search for updates is deactivated before the installation definitly starts, the installation runs smoothly, if it is not deactivated, the installation process is still canceled after approx. 14% without comment.

  2. Good job!!
    I installed on two computers that do not officially support Windows 11 (Dell Optiplex 3010 and HP ProBook 430 G2)
    Both systems are stable and it seems to me that the system is even faster than on Windows 11.
    Thanks for a great job!
    Digital licenses have been transferred without any problems, both systems are activated.

  3. Hi,
    Good work on the website and KMS servers.
    The method you are showing replaces actual Windows 10 files with Windows 11 files, but the trick does not seem to work.
    The file you uploaded seems to be corrupted as well and gives an error.
    What we need to work on is to trick Windows 11 setup that the computer is compatible by inserting Windows 10 requirements.

    Hope that someone has a solution soon.

  4. your workshop with exchanging the install.wim from windows 10 with windows 11 does not work.
    Setup started and would also like to download updates. however, after approx. 14% the setup is closed without comment.

  5. I was running the windows 11 64bit for old PC
    This app can not run on your PC.
    To find a version for your PC, check with the software publisher.

  6. The CMD file appears to activate Office.
    After starting Word, Excel and Co. the message appears, “Your license is not genuine and you may be the victim of software counterfeiting …”

  7. I have successfully installed Windows 11 on my old Laptop. Thank you very much. But when I enter the Windows Insider Program it shows your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for windows 11. Your channel options will be limited. Request a solution..

  8. First I want to say thank you for all the work you do in creating this.

    Did you build an iso win 11 for old computer 64 bit? The one I downloaded said it was a 32 bit

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