How to get Windows 11 Dev builds anyway...

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After initially being very tempted to put my Surface Go on the developer builds of Windows 11, despite not being officially supported, I've ended up deciding to stick with Windows 10 - all but one of Windows 11's features is for larger screened devices, so there would be very little benefit - to me, personally. However, the steps needed to fool Windows's developer preview system into accepting an unsupported device onto Windows 11 are worth noting. And helpfully and clearly listed here by MSPU, hence the link of interest...


If you are eager to see what Microsoft cooked up with Windows 11, the Windows Insider program is a good place to get in on the action and see Microsoft build the OS in real-time. You may have a problem if your PC does not meet minimum criteria, however, and this may be particularly true if you want to install the in-development OS on your old laptop or in a virtual machine.

Fortunately, Microsoft is making an exception for long-term Windows 10 Insiders, who will be allowed to install the Dev version of the OS on non-compliant hardware. You however need to have been part of the program before the 24th June, meaning it is too late to jump on that bandwagon now.

Even with non-compliant hardware, you can still join the Insider programme, but you will be shoved into the Release Preview channel, which will likely get very few builds. There is however a simple hack (of course completely at your own risk) that will get you around this restriction, simply by making a few registry edits.

Note: This is only needed if you are a new Insider and want to join the Insider Dev channel with old hardware.

  1. First, join the Insider program and select Release Preview ring, which should be your only option.
  2. Reboot, then open your Registry Editor.
  3. Then navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ WindowsSelfHost \ UI \ Selection


Read on in the original article for all the steps.

In some cases, readers here will have been Insiders in the past and so these steps may not be needed. But my gut feel is that if you weren't an active Insider before June 24th and you have a Windows 11-unsupported PC then you will indeed have to set up your registry for this early access. Data points welcomed!

Source / Credit: MSPU