Windows 11: How do I install the 23H2 update on an incompatible PC? – 01net

Enjoy the Windows 11 23H2 update on your PC even if its configuration is not officially supported by Microsoft.

A few days ago, Microsoft officially rolled out Windows 11 Update 23H2 to all eligible PCs. The update is automatically offered on all computers whose hardware configuration corresponds to the specifications specified by Microsoft. To get it, just go to Settings of the operating system, then go to Windows Update to check the availability of the update, download it and apply it.

For users who may have customized the Windows 11 installation to work on their PC with an unsupported configuration, that’s a different story. Microsoft automatically detects unauthorized computers and obviously does not offer the update through Windows Update. And even by manually downloading the Windows 11 23H2 ISO, installing the update is impossible. The program’s installation wizard automatically analyzes the hardware configuration to check the suitability of the PC.

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However, installing the 23H2 update on an officially non-compatible PC can be easily avoided. All you need is the Windows 11 23H2 disk image in ISO format, a USB stick and Rufus. Here are the steps you need to follow.

1. Download Windows 11 23H2 disk image

Open your preferred browser and go to the Windows 11 23H2 ISO disk images download page. Under the title Download Windows 11 disk image (ISO).click on the drop-down menu Download selectionand choose Windows 11 (Multi-Edition ISO). Then click on the button Download.

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A section Select a product language should then load. Click on the drop-down menu Choose aselect your language and click the button Confirm.

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Your download link should then be generated. Click on the button 64 bit download to download Windows 11 23H2 disk image in ISO format.

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2. Download Rufus

To be able to install Windows 11 update 23H2 on your PC, you will need to create an installation USB stick with the excellent Rufus, which you can download from this page.

This free utility has been updated several times to allow you to create USB flash drives for Windows installation, bypassing Microsoft restrictions. The utility is therefore very useful if you want to install Windows 11 without a Microsoft account or are looking for an easy and effective way to install Windows 11 on an incompatible PC.

3. Create a Windows 11 23H2 installation USB drive

Then connect your USB drive to your PC and now open Rufus. Logically, the utility should automatically detect your USB drive and select it from the drop-down menu under the heading Periphery. Then click on the button Selectionand then select the disk image in Windows 11 23H2 ISO format that you downloaded earlier.

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Leave all other settings selected as default and then click the button To start. A popup should open automatically. These are the different ways to bypass Microsoft’s restrictions. Leave all settings selected as default and click the button OK.

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Rufus should then initiate the process of creating the Windows 11 installation USB stick. Wait the required time for the utility to complete its work. When the process is complete, Rufus will usually display a message that your installation USB is ready. Close Rufus and leave the USB stick connected to your PC.


4. Start installing Windows 11 23H2

Now open Windows File Explorer and then enter the Windows 11 installation USB drive you just created. Now double click on the file set up to open it and start the Windows 11 23H2 installation wizard. Note that here we are installing Windows 11H23 directly from Windows 11 22H2 without having to boot the PC from the USB stick we just created.

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In the Install Windows 11 window, click the button Below. The installation wizard then checks for the availability of updates, but very quickly skips the hardware check and displays the Windows 11 License Agreement. Then click Accept.

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Then wait a moment. The installation wizard will then check whether there is enough space on your PC to install the update before displaying a window Ready to install. Then click on the button To install to start installing Windows 11 23H2 on your PC.

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You should then see a blue Windows 11 installation screen appear on the screen. Wait for the operating system installation to complete. During the process, your computer will restart several times.

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On the final reboot, your PC should display a Hello window similar to the one you see when you first set up your PC. Wait again for a few minutes until the operating system finishes installing the update.

You should then land on your Windows desktop as usual. You can easily check whether your PC is running the latest Windows 11 update. To do this, open the settings using the keyboard shortcut Windows+ithen in systemgo to the section System Information.

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Then you can check which version of the system is installed on your computer using Windows specifications.