Windows 11 News: Microsoft enforces TPM to install Windows 11. So, what is this TPM? Does your PC support it? If it is supported, how to activate?
With the introduction of Windows 11 and the release of the preview version, new details about the new operating system began to emerge. For Windows 11 to work properly and securely, the Trusted Platform Module, that is, the feature called TPM, must be supported. So, what is this TPM thing? Where to check and activate?
What is the TPM required for Windows 11?
The Trusted Platform Module is a piece of hardware designed to store security keys for encrypting/decrypting drives in a PC or laptop. There are two versions of TPM. TPM 2.0 is available on UEFI systems. TPM 1.2 is found in BIOS systems. They are also named differently for the two major CPU manufacturers. Intel calls it PTT (Platform Trust Technology) and AMD calls it fTPM (Firmware TPM).
When installing Windows 11 or upgrading from Windows 10, Microsoft will require the computer to support 1.2 or 2.0. There are two methods to check if it is on your system.
Step 1: Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run program.
Step 2: Type “tpm.msc” and click Enter.
This will open a window showing the current Trusted Platform Module hardware on your system along with the version number.
Alternatively, users can also open Settings → Update & Security → Windows Security → Open Windows Security → Device Security → Security Processor Details and view Trusted Platform Module support.
If you don’t have Trusted Platform Module enabled on your system, you need to go to your UEFI or BIOS and enable it from there.
On AMD Ryzen based systems, after opening your UEFI or BIOS go to the Advanced tab, select the CPU configuration and below there will be a setting called AMD fTPM Switch. By turning this on you will have enabled the TPM.
While most modern systems will have Trusted Platform Module support, there are reports that older computers don’t have this setting. Specifically, this support is said to be only for Intel 8th Gen processors and later and only AMD Ryzen processors.
It is unclear whether Microsoft will change the requirements for Windows 11 after receiving this backlash. However, if Microsoft does not step back, the number of people who can use Windows 11 will be very few.