Mixed Reality – come usare un vecchio PC

When Microsoft teased their Windows Mixed Reality headsets we were under the impression the devices would work even on low-end PCs with integrated graphics.

Somewhere along the line, the specs morphed to require Core i7 processors and DX12 graphics cards.

If you happen to have one of the super-cheap $300 headsets and want to try it out on your equally cheap PC or laptop, there is a registry edit available which will let you bypass the minimum hardware spec checks and least give you a taste of the experience.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Holographic\FirstRun (you can paste that into the address bar at the top).
  2. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value (either via Edit or context menu) and give it a name of AllowFailedSystemChecks.
  3. Double-click that value and set its data to 1.
  4. Restart Mixed Reality Portal and click Next on the hardware check screen you were previously stuck at.

Of course, the minimum specs are there for a reason, presumably to guarantee adequate performance, which is important when things like lag can give you vertigo and nausea, so use the hack at your own risk.

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