How to Enable Windows 11 Dev Channel on Unsupported Device

You can enable Windows 11 Dev Channel on unsupported devices, bypass the limitation and receive the builds. The first preview build of Windows 11 will be available to insiders on the Dev channel, so this is a great chance to personally evaluate the new operating system and test it on your device.


However, due to the updated minimum system requirements, this feature is not available to all users. Computer is not compatible with Windows 11 will be limited to Release Preview channel. The Release Preview channel will only allow you will continue testing updates for Windows 10.

Fortunately, there are a couple ways to force enable the Dev Channel updates. Even if your device is deemed incompatible, you can get Windows 11. Both methods are associated with editing the registry, and one has already been used by insiders in the past to go to the Skip Ahead channel, access to which was limited.

Enable Windows 11 Dev Channel on Unsupported Device

  1. Open Settings by pressing Win + I on the keyboard.
  2. Go to Upgrade & recovery > Windows Insider Program.
  3. Join the program, if you are not already in, and select the Release Preview channel which will be the only available channel for you.Windows 10 Release Preview Channel In Settings
  4. Now, press Win + R and type regedit, and hit the Enter key.
  5. Go to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\UI\Selection.
  6. Change the UIBranch value to Dev.Enable Windows 11 Dev Channel On Unsupported Device
  7. Now, browse the Registry to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability key.
  8. Set the BranchName value to Dev.
  9. Set the ContentType to Mainline.
  10. Change the Ring value to External.BranchName Contentype
  11. Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows 10.

After that, Windows Setting will list Dev channel as the current channel under Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Also at the top of the page you will see a message that your PC is not compatible with Windows 11, but it won't block the upgrade.

Ready-to-use Registry files

To avoid the manual Registry editing, you can download the following REG files.

  • Download this archive to switch to the Dev channel.
  • The following file will allow you to return to the Release Preview channel and continue testing Windows 10.

Alternative method with the OfflineInsiderEnroll.cmd tool

This method involves the OfflineInsiderEnroll utility, which uses undocumented settings from the Windows Insider program. Moreover, this method will work even with local accounts, so you don't have to sign in with a Microsoft account.

  1. Download OfflineInsiderEnroll 2.0.3 from abbodi1406 from GitHub .
  2. Run the downloaded script OfflineInsiderEnroll.cmd as administrator.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, select the Dev channel by typing the number 1 and pressing Enter.
  4. Reboot your computer.

In conclusion, it is worth noting that there is still no reliable information about whether it will be possible to bypass the TPM check when updating the system in this way. Microsoft has said that insiders on the Dev Channel will be able to test Windows 11 on unsupported devices prior to the official release of the system. If this is really the case, then these methods should help with obtaining upcoming Insider builds of Windows 11.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

19 thoughts on “How to Enable Windows 11 Dev Channel on Unsupported Device”

  1. I LOVE you this is the only blog that actually worked. My laptop is old i managed to install win 11 on it but now i can update it thank youuu

  2. Hi guys, it seems to work, but not…
    At 8% Windows 11 download, it opens a little window with the message.
    “Checking PC…”
    “It’s not possibile to run Windows 11 on this PC
    Pc must support TPM 2.0”

      1. É só abrir a pasta da atualização (local da janela de verificação) e trocar o appraiserres.dll

  3. now i can join dev channel, but when i want to update to windows 11, the system is checking my pc then they say no tpm 2.0…. can you help me with that?

  4. But does it work? My Parallels VM tried to update, and did not reboot successfully. I had to revert to Windows 10.

  5. It worked! You can use the USB Win10 Install to Install Win11 method and then use the RegEdit as presented above to go back to Dev Channel for updates… it will install win11 update again, but it will keep it on channel for further updates.

  6. When I try to go to the key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\UI\Selection.,
    I find the category UI itself is missing. I have been fiddling with my PC for the last one week with Win-11 in mind and did the following:
    First I have to turn on UEFI in BIOS; No problem.
    2. Activated fTPM and secure mode; no problem.
    3. Went to Windows Insider Program which was off and tried to change the setting. Then selected Get started — error message: windows insider program we aren’t able to talk to our service.
    4. Now I can’t even get or see available updates or summary – a blank page with dots running on the top.
    (I think I tried someone elses suggestion and eliminated some lines using command mode but few commands didn’t go through perhaps leading to this situation – I wish I took a picture or something of those steps.
    Any thoughts?

  7. Can you change to “Beta” ?
    in French it is the intermediary channel, perhaps something like Release Candidate ?


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