How to upgrade to Windows 11, whether your PC is supported or not. How to update an old computer for free

You can still upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using a product key from a previous business version of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 (Pro / Ultimate). This can save you up to $ 100 in OEM upgrade fees if you purchase a new PC with Windows 10 Home pre-installed. (For details, see “How to Seamlessly Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro.”)

How to upgrade to Windows 11, whether your PC is supported or not

Andrew Cunningham – October 6, 2021 18:28 UTC

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Windows 11 is here. And now that you have time to read our full review, you may want to think about installing the update on your own PC.

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We believe most people should wait a few months to give Microsoft time to fix the biggest bugs of the new Windows 11 operating system and finish releasing updates for Windows embedded applications. But anyway, you may want to install the operating system because you want to test it or because you like to run the latest stuff. Or maybe you want to install Windows 11 on an “unsupported” computer because Microsoft is not your parent and therefore can’t tell you what to do.

We’ve gathered all kinds of resources to create a comprehensive installation guide for upgrading to Windows 11. It includes tips and step-by-step instructions on how to enable officially required features such as TPM and Secure Boot, as well as official and unofficial ways to bypass the system requirements check on unsupported computers.

I’ve had Windows 11 running on computers as old as the 2008 Dell Inspiron 530, and while I’m not saying it’s something you should do, it’s something you can do.

Note: This article was originally published in January 2017. It has since been updated multiple times to reflect the most up-to-date information.

What You Can Usually Upgrade in a Laptop

Overall, there are two components that can be upgraded or replaced on a typical laptop. The first is RAM or random access memory. This is high-speed memory that the computer uses to store information from the currently running software. The more RAM you have, the more applications you can run (or open browser tabs) without having to resort to free hard drive access.

Speaking of which, another component that can usually be upgraded on a typical laptop is the hard drive. Most laptops have a 2.5-inch drive bay, but newer models now have an NVME slot for NVME-format solid-state drives. Upgrading your existing drives to larger ones has the obvious benefit of more storage.

However, one of the best ways to breathe new life into your old laptop is to replace your mechanical hard drive with a solid-state model. This will instantly make your overall computer experience much more lively and enjoyable.

There are cases where the hard drive, RAM, or both cannot be updated or removed at all. This mostly applies to ultrabook laptops like the M1 MacBook Pro 13. RAM and SSD are integrated into the motherboard, so you’ll be stuck with whatever model you purchased at the beginning.

What You Can’t Usually Upgrade in a Laptop

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