A Raspberry Pi 4 can run Windows 11, even if your own PC can't

Windows 11 Raspberry Pi
Windows 11 Raspberry Pi (Image credit: ETA PRIME)

What you need to know

  • Windows 11 is having compatibility issues on the most expensive, recent rigs on the market.
  • Windows 11 is also having a grand old time running on the Raspberry Pi 4.
  • The Raspberry Pi Windows 11 setup can run Minecraft, sort of.

While Microsoft enthusiasts with $5,000 gaming rigs are suffering at the hands of Windows 11's strict adoption requirements, one person is living the good life without a trouble in the world. That person is Etaprime on YouTube, who has been enjoying Windows 11 on his Raspberry Pi 4.

The Raspberry Pi 4 can handle Microsoft Edge, the calculator app, and more, all via the power of Windows 11. It can even run Minecraft, albeit in an undesirable state. For the full rundown of what the Pi can and cannot handle when paired with Microsoft's latest OS, check out Etaprime's video. Spoiler: It's not a big fan of the YouTuber's Elgato capture card.

It's an impressive video, given what's being run on what. And then, when you compare it against all the people with standard PC setups claiming they're ineligible for Windows 11, it's even more impressive. Mind you, much of said ineligibility can be attributed to Microsoft's TPM requirements, the likes of which are even confusing seasoned PC users, many of whom have never had to consider the security inclusion before now.

With that said, many of the people who have managed to get Windows 11 running without issue (on standard rigs, not a Raspberry Pi 4) are having a good time with it thus far. You can be one of those people if you're on the inside loop and are keen on grabbing the Insider build that's available right now.

And if you want to know how to install Windows 11 on a Raspberry Pi 4, check out Tom's Hardware's guide that'll help you recreate all the aforementioned fun on your own setup.

Robert Carnevale

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.