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Did you install Win 11? How to install it on X300?

#1 Post by Insomniac1971 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:05 pm

Hi folks, I wonder if this is even possible.

How did you get it installed:

Did you have to have win10 installed first in order to edit registry?

Or did you do a fresh install and wiped the HDD/SSD?

Which Product key did you use, did you have one from win7 or from win 10 or did you have a retail product key?

I have an Thinkpad X300, it had windows 7 pro on it when I bought it, and a windows 7 Pro Product key under the battery, so used that Product key to do a fresh install of win 10 and activate it. I didn't like win 10 and there were things not working, like mouse scroll, sound problems. So I wiped the SSD and installed Xubuntu and have been happy with it, now running Linux Mint 20.2.

Just wondering if I would like Win 11, so my question is : Would my Win 7 Pro Product key - which were used to activate win 10 -, be able to activate win 11 fresh install?

Or do I need to install win 10 first and then upgrade that one to win 11?

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Re: Did you install Win 11? How to install it on X300?

#2 Post by TheForgottenKing » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:03 pm

Create the install disk with rufus.ie and enable the bypass requirements check option. You should be able to use your Windows 7 key, but if not you can always use various FOSS scripts to hacktivate.
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Re: Did you install Win 11? How to install it on X300?

#3 Post by kfzhu1229 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:57 am

How I install Windows 11 on Core 2 duo machines is I just use the standard Windows media creation tool to create the bootable USB.
You know how you are supposed to add 2 registry entries during the setup to bypass the TPM and Secure boot checks? I just end up writing those changes in a .reg file, and every time the setup's welcome screen appears, all I need to do is to press Shift+F10 to open command prompt, and then simply open the .reg file, let the Windows setup environment import those registries and then continue as usual.
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