Windows 11 vs unsupported computer


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I don't feel comfortable to upgrade or clean install Windows 11 on my unsupported computer. How about you? Please post it here
 

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    Computer type
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    PRO904059
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7300U CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.71 GHz
    Memory
    8.00 GB (7.87 GB usable)
    Hard Drives
    250 GB solid state drive
    Browser
    Firefox ESR
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    ESET Smart Security Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell OptiPlex 9020
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz
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    8 GB
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    Nvidia Quadro K620
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Berton

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I'm now on a 4-month-old Notebook that came with Win10 Pro and after setup got Win11 Pro. I have a Desktop I'm considering doing a hardware clone of the drive then try the Upgrade using some of the tips on how to install on unsupported hardware 'just to see' what happens. Just like an Insider Preview computer it is not my main/production machine.
 

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8GB [16GB on order]
    Monitor(s) Displays
    21"
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security

f14tomcat

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Well, as you say, "unsupported". The security risks will only grow day by day, week by week. Without any MS update support, you will have a nice doorstop in no time. 🥱
 

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  • OS
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Alienware Aurora R6
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz OC 4.8GHz - Kaby Lake
    Motherboard
    Alienware 07HV66 (U3E1)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti w/11GB GDDR5X & Intel HD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 27" Curved C27F591
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 x 60 hertz
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe PM961 NVMe SSD SAMSUNG (Boot),
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001-1ER164 (SATA),
    1TB Samsung SSD 850 EVO,
    1TB Seagate ST1000DM003-1ER162,
    1TB WD Elements 10A8 USB Device,
    1TB BUFFALO HD-PNTU3 USB Device,
    1TB x4 Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device
    PSU
    850W PSU Liquid Cooled Chassis - CyberPower 1500 UPS
    Case
    Alienware Mid-Tower (Dell)
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    Liquid Cooled - 3 fan - Top exhaust
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1 Gigabit
    Browser
    FF, Chrome, Opera, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender, MBAM, SuperAntiSpyware
    Other Info
    Blueray R/W Optical,
    Canon MX410 series Printer/Fax/Scanner/Copier,
    Altec 5.1 Speakers L-R, Mid Base Boom,

    Macrium Home Premium, Revo Pro, Screenspresso Pro

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I have installed Windows 11 Pro on my old Windows 7 laptop. It works fine, and I am getting Microsoft updates. It will never turn into a door stop, I still have the Windows 10 Pro hard drive that I can install in a few minutes. In the mean time I am enjoying Windows 11 PRO on my laptop
 

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    Window 11 Pro (Preview)

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I have installed Windows 11 Pro on my old Windows 7 laptop. It works fine, and I am getting Microsoft updates. It will never turn into a door stop, I still have the Windows 10 Pro hard drive that I can install in a few minutes.
Exactly what I have done for my System Two below. It's a test machine, waiting to see what (if anything) may go wrong. So far nothing bad has happened.

I would not rely on it for my main machine though, so for my System One I got a fully W11 compatible machine.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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I m anow at a point where I run Windows 11 on no fewer than 7 unsupported systems including 2 systems that are a minimum of 10 years old.

I have absolutely zero problems on any of these systems.

However, the very fact that you are uncomfortable with this makes me question why you want to do so. If you are not comfortable with it, don't do it!

As an alternative, if you want a completely safe way to just test, I'd like to suggest this:

1) Create a disk image backup of your system as it is now using a quality backup program such as Macrium Reflect.

2) Perform you clean install of Windows 11.

3) Test.

4) If you have any difficulties, restore your backup.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
    CPU
    Intel i7-7500U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Built-in Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4k 15-inch
    Screen Resolution
    4k (3840 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    RAM Upgraded from 16GB to 32GB WiFi Upgraded from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6 SSD upgraded from 512GB NVMe SSD to 1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD

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Well, as you say, "unsupported". The security risks will only grow day by day, week by week. Without any MS update support, you will have a nice doorstop in no time. 🥱
Without any update support? Windows 11 updates currently work on all systems - supported and unsupported.

Could that change? Sure - but I STRONGLY doubt it and for some very sound reasons that I've already explained multiple times.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
    CPU
    Intel i7-7500U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Built-in Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4k 15-inch
    Screen Resolution
    4k (3840 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    RAM Upgraded from 16GB to 32GB WiFi Upgraded from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6 SSD upgraded from 512GB NVMe SSD to 1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD

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You've got approximately 3 to 4 years to evaluate / reevaluate.

Continue to use Windows 10 until October 2025 then decide whether to use Windows 10 in an unsupported fashion (End of Life).

By this time (October 2025) there should be sufficient information about Windows 12 to decide whether to stay with Windows 10, move to Windows 11, or even move to Windows 12.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Product : 190A Version : KBC Version 94.56
    Memory
    16 GB Total: Manufacturer : Samsung MemoryType : DDR3 FormFactor : SODIMM Capacity : 8GB Speed : 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Quadro K3100M; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC; PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0
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    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
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    Microsoft Defender
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    Mobile Workstation

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If the PC you're referring to is your main system or daily driver, I don't recommend upgrading an unsupported system to Win 11. Who knows with the next major update if Microsoft closes the loopholes that now exist to run it on unsupported hardware.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3793
    CPU
    10th Gen. Intel Core(TM) i7-1065G7 @ 1.30GHz 1.50 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics with shared graphics memory
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop Display 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbs
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge / Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee Multi Access
    Other Info
    Upgraded from Windows 10 10-21-21
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 23-q1133w AIO
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4170T CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    HP ALL-in-One (1920x1080@60Hz) Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HP)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge / Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee Multi-Access
    Other Info
    Bought in late 2015. System has secure boot, but no TPM. I have no intentions on upgrading this system to Windows 11.

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If you’re concerned about 11 just get Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019, it’s good till January 2029, this is what I’m using, never even had one issue with it.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware PC
    CPU
    Intel 4790K
    Motherboard
    ASROCK Z97 EXTREME4
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG UE57 Series 28-Inch 4K UHD
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2
    PSU
    EVGA 850 watt
    Case
    Alienware Area 51 Black Tower Case
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    HyperX - Alloy Elite 2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
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    1.2 GHz
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    Chrome

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I'm running a dual-boot system at present, W10 & 11 even though my PC wasn't deemed as worthy to run W11 but it runs without any issues.
Not sure I will stick with 11 though, I'm leaning towards trying some of the other OS that are currently being promoted out there.
At least with those OS I'm not under any pressure to upgrade my PC anytime soon.
 

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I don't feel comfortable to upgrade or clean install Windows 11 on my unsupported computer.
Well, don't then Can't see the point of further discussion. Been done ad nauseum in multiple threads already.
 

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    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel i5-9400
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 1TB SSDs
    Internet Speed
    Classic Australian w.a.p.
    Antivirus
    KIS

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If you’re concerned about 11 just get Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019, it’s good till January 2029, this is what I’m using, never even had one issue with it.
I think Nvidia might going to stop supporting Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 version 1809 in the future on my system three Dell OptiPlex 9020
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Linux Lite
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PRO904059
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7300U CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.71 GHz
    Memory
    8.00 GB (7.87 GB usable)
    Hard Drives
    250 GB solid state drive
    Browser
    Firefox ESR
    Antivirus
    ESET Smart Security Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell OptiPlex 9020
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro K620
    Browser
    Firefox ESR

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For what it's worth i've been running Win11 Dev on my main unsuported since the Russian leak version, i also use the term "main" quite loose in my situation. My main is simply me running the high seas, casual gaming & watching tv and movies. If the worst should happen it's really no thing to clean install.

Now if you're doing actual real work like company payroll, design, or things that actually matter if you lose them, then maybe not.
 

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    Windows 11

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I am running 4 unsupported HP desktop that was running W10 on them upgraded from W8 to W10 to W11 now & on my wife's unsupported HP desk top along with 1 HP laptop for 6 months with updates on all of them, no problems !
Chuck
 

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    Windows11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP HP ENVY TE01
    CPU
    2.90 gigahertz Intel Core i7-10700
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8767 A (SMVB)
    Memory
    16214 Megabytes Usable Installed Memor
    Hard Drives
    1511.52 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    1418.15 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    M 185 wireless
    Internet Speed
    12 ms Jitter 8 ms Download 10.5 Mbps Upload 1.7
    Browser
    Edge & FF
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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  • OS
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    Manufacturer/Model
    PRO904059
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7300U CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.71 GHz
    Memory
    8.00 GB (7.87 GB usable)
    Hard Drives
    250 GB solid state drive
    Browser
    Firefox ESR
    Antivirus
    ESET Smart Security Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell OptiPlex 9020
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
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    Nvidia Quadro K620
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I think Nvidia might going to stop supporting Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 version 1809 in the future on my system three Dell OptiPlex 9020
Just bear in mind that if you are uncomfortable with going to windows 11, there are several newer versions of Windows 10 you can go to. I know you are currently on an LTSC version, but even within the Long Term Servicing Channel, you have new versions such as the 2021 release of Nov. 16th.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
    CPU
    Intel i7-7500U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Built-in Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4k 15-inch
    Screen Resolution
    4k (3840 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    RAM Upgraded from 16GB to 32GB WiFi Upgraded from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6 SSD upgraded from 512GB NVMe SSD to 1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD

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I feel comfortable to upgrade or clean install Windows 11 in the future if I buy my brand new supported computer in the future.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Linux Lite
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PRO904059
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7300U CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.71 GHz
    Memory
    8.00 GB (7.87 GB usable)
    Hard Drives
    250 GB solid state drive
    Browser
    Firefox ESR
    Antivirus
    ESET Smart Security Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell OptiPlex 9020
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro K620
    Browser
    Firefox ESR

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I feel comfortable to upgrade or clean install Windows 11 in the future if I buy my brand new supported computer in the future.
If it's a new computer, I would hope you wouldn't have to do an upgrade to Win 11.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel i5-9400
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 1TB SSDs
    Internet Speed
    Classic Australian w.a.p.
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    KIS

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Hi folks
I find the simplest way is to run Windows in smallish "VHDX" physical partitions -- easy to Multi-boot" and maintenance of all / any of them is a doddle.

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This also even works if you run VM's as you can also "Multi-boot" the a VM (Single VM definition).

When doing it for VM's initially from Linux Host on KVM you need to establish the inital Virtual disk as a SATA rather than a Virtio drive as you wont have the Virtio Windows disk drivers at the time of the initial install. Boot the VM into command mode from a PE iso, Macrium iso or a windows installl iso in command mode. On the initial "Virtual disk" create a single 100 M efi fat32 partition and the rest as a single ntfs partition. Create vhdx files on the large partition and attach to the booted "PE" system. then do a dism apply-image and bcdboot for each Windows system you want to install.


The VM at boot will show : Here either W10 or W11 for this particular VM.

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Simple, flexible and saves messing around with "Too many" VM's -- good for testing different builds / versions of W10/W11 where you want to run on the same / similar hardware - or even the same / similar "Virtual" hardware.

Doing it this way also you keep digital licenses of all the Windows systems. Of course the drawback is that you can't run them concurrently but that's probably not a big issue for individual testing.

Running Host as :

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
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