Windows 11 is Microsoft’s brand-new operating system. The first Windows 11 preview build became available to users on June 28th. It comes with recent minimum hardware requirements to run which brings disappointment in a lot of Windows 10 users.
However, Microsoft is allowing some unsupported computers to install and run the developer previews, but those computers had to be enrolled in the Dev Channel ring of the Windows Insider Program.
If you didn’t manage to enroll before June 24th then and your computer is unsupported, you won’t be able to (officially) receive the previews of Windows 11.
However, there are a lot of unofficial ways to update your unsupported computer to Windows 11.
Upgrade to Windows 11 by Dev Channel
If you missed the June 24th deadline for enrolling in the Dev Channel, then no mood to worry as there are certain ways to get in. Unsupported computers only show the option to enroll in the Release Preview Channel, but it’s still possible to change that to get Windows 11.
Enroll To Release Preview Channel
Open the Settings app and navigate to Update & Security. Select Windows Insider Program in the sidebar. Then click the Get started button. It may ask you to link your Microsoft account. Once done, pick your Insider settings page, select Release Preview Channel, and click Confirm. Confirm and reboot when prompted.
Enroll To Dev Channel
Open the Start Menu and type “regedit“. The first result should be Registry Editor. Click on that to open it. Confirm any permission prompts.
Once Registry Editor is open, you’ll see a bunch of stuff in the sidebar. Use that to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability. You’ll see a few things show up on the right.
You’ll need to create or change a few values, depending on what’s already there. If you see BranchName, double-click it and enter Dev in the value field. If you see ContentType, double-click it and enter Mainline in the value field. If you see Ring, double-click it and enter External.
If any of the above values don’t exist, make sure you’re properly enrolled in the Insider Program and try again. Reboot your computer.
Go to Settings >> Update & security >> Windows Insider Program and you should now be in the Dev Preview ring. Now you should now be able to check for updates and install the latest Windows 11 preview.
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Upgrade To Windows 11 By Dev Channel Using A Script
If you are unable to join the Dev channel then it’s either because you don’t have a Microsoft account signed in, or because Windows reverted to the Release Preview channel.
In order to download the script, Go to the GitHub page where the OfflineInsiderEnroll script is hosted and download it.
Once you download the script, right-click it and choose Run as administrator. Confirm any permission prompts. A Command Prompt window should come up with some options.
Choose option 1: Enroll to Dev Channel. (Type in “1” and hit Enter.)
The script will let you know when it’s done. Press any key and the Command Prompt will close. Go to Settings >> Update & security >> Windows Insider Program and you should see something similar to the following.
Check for updates and you should see the option to upgrade to Windows 11.