Windows 11 Workaround?

You’ll need both the Windows 11 and a Windows 10 ISO. In the Windows 10 /sources folder, remove install.esd. Then copy everything else in there to the extracted Windows 11 ISO’s /sources.


That is, you want to have the Windows 10 installer files, but the Windows 11 install.esd.


See instructions…


This allowed Windows 11 – the leaked build at least – to install and run on an XP-era system.

Conversation 3 comments

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    16 September, 2021 - 7:50 pm

    <p>… I posted this ages ago. How is it back?</p>

  • epguy40

    22 September, 2021 - 1:40 pm

    <p>sometimes it’s not install.esd but <strong>install.wim</strong> instead</p>

  • epguy40

    28 September, 2021 - 11:05 pm

    <p>here’s a better workaround – use an updated MediaCreationTool batch script that creates Win11 install media that also bypasses the Win11 hardware requirements as noted in these recent articles from Neowin &amp; Bleepingcomputer:</p><p><br></p><p></p><p><br></p><p></p>

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