If you’re a regular DIYer, you most likely play around with different operating systems and versions. I often find that testing different betas can not only confuse you about what has been officially released, but also confuse your computer.

I usually use a mix of virtual and real machines for my beta testing, and I often use my laptop at home for betas. (At work, it’s too important for the machine to run possibly unstable code.)

This leads to interesting situations at home where I have an old laptop that works great for typing Computerworld posts and remote access to various servers, workstations and cloud services, but not good enough for Windows 11.

The other day, just for fun, I adjusted a registry key to see if I can get Windows 11 — even though it’s not officially supported. It didn’t work. After investigating, I realized that the registry bypass method only works if you manually download the Windows 11 ISO and run the resulting .exe file.

So I tried another computer and used the registry key method to manually install Windows 11 21H2. Then I checked to see if the 22H2 would be offered. Note: I haven’t seen anything solid to suggest that Microsoft blocks 22H2 on devices that have bypassed the hardware requirements, but I haven’t been prompted to do so.

First beta tip: If you’re using the registry key method to install Windows 11 on an unsupported computer, plan to manually install feature releases as they become available.

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