Bypass Windows 11 Hardware Checks

If you’re struggling to install the latest Windows 11 update due to unsupported hardware, this post outlines a simple and effective solution. By replacing a key DLL file and following a few steps, you can bypass the hardware checks hassle-free.

Introduction #

So, you’ve got an older PC, and the latest Windows 11 update seems out of reach because of pesky hardware checks. Fear not! In this post, I’ll walk you through a solution that worked for me, making it easier for you to update your system without the headache.

The Challenge #

I initially faced the roadblock of outdated hardware when attempting to upgrade my Windows 11 system. The regular Windows Update route wasn’t an option for my aging laptop. Desperate for a solution, I turned to Google, only to find that existing methods like AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU or BypassTPMCheck/BypassCPUCheck weren’t cutting it.

The Hidden Solution #

After some digging, I stumbled upon a method that successfully bypassed the hardware checks. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a widely known solution, despite being effective. To increase its visibility and help others in a similar situation, I decided to share the process that worked for me.

The Unconventional Fix #

Step 1: Create an Empty File #

Start by creating an empty text file on your desktop and renaming it to appraiserres.dll. Ensure that your file explorer displays file extensions to avoid accidentally appending .txt to the file name.

Step 2: Mount the Windows 11 ISO #

Instead of creating a bootable flash drive, download the latest Windows 11 ISO from the official site. Mount the ISO in Windows, then double-click setup.exe. Choose “Change how Setup downloads updates” and select “Not right now.”

Step 3: Replace the DLL File #

Navigate to C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources before clicking “Next” in the setup. Copy and paste the empty appraiserres.dll file, overwriting the existing one. If done correctly, the hardware checks step should be skipped during installation.

Step 4: Complete the Installation #

Return to the Windows setup, click “Next,” and proceed with the installation. If all steps are followed correctly, you should be able to update your system without any hindrance.

Additional Insights #

  • Updates Precaution: Disable updates during the installation to prevent potential issues, as suggested by many users who followed this workaround.

  • Alternative Method: An additional method circulating on the internet involves executing setup.exe from a CMD using setup /product server. While untested by me, you might explore this if the main solution doesn’t work for you.

Conclusion #

In wrapping up, this unconventional but effective solution allowed me to seamlessly update my system from Windows 11 version 22H2 to 23H2. While it may not be a one-size-fits-all fix, it’s worth trying, especially if standard methods have failed.

Disclaimer #

This blog post was written and formatted with the assistance of ChatGPT, a generative AI. While the content aims to provide helpful information, consider it a friendly guide rather than professional advice. Don’t forget to share your success stories or alternative solutions via email!

I hope this post proves useful on your Windows 11 update journey. Until next time, happy updating!

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