One of the more controversial aspects of Windows 11 was the inclusion of TPM 2.0 in the system requirements.
Overall, Windows 11 minimum system requirements haven't changed much from Windows 10. However, Microsoft has decided to stop supporting multiple processors and only allow PCs with TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module version 2) to run Windows 11.
Fortunately, TPM 2.0 compatibility should be available on virtually all hardware components released after 2015, and enabling it isn't difficult. In this article, we will walk you through the steps needed to enable TMP 2.0 on your PC.
How to Enable TMP 2.0 in Windows 10
You must have a PC with TPM 2.0 to install Windows 11. However, if you cannot find the guide for your PC or motherboard, you may need to go elsewhere. A simple tool called PC Status Check provided by Microsoft can help determine if your PC has TMP 2.0.
After downloading the app, click the "Check Now!" in the "Overview of Windows 11" part of the PC health check.
Your computer's ability to run Windows 11 will be determined when the software completes its testing on your device. If all goes well, you will be notified that your PC is gone. Select the "See all results" button to view more information about your computer's performance. A key reference to TPM 2.0, which tells you if it is enabled on your device, is included in this list.
As for TPM 2.0, it can be a bit confusing because even if your computer has the feature, it might not be enabled. To help you identify if this is the case, Microsoft has offered guidance on how to do this. This can be achieved by following these steps:
- Go to "Settings" in Windows 10.
- Click on “Update & Security”.
- Select "Windows Security".
Make sure the "Specification Version" is 2.0 in the "Security Processor" section. Your PC may be incompatible with Windows 11 if this number is different from what you see above. However, if you have not enabled this feature, it may just be a matter of enabling it.
The Microsoft Management Console can also be used to check TPM 2.0 availability. Here's how:
- Open the Run window by holding down the Windows and R keys simultaneously.
- Enter the command "tpm.msc" in the text field.
The TPM will not work properly if the "Specification Version" in the "TPM Manufacturer Information" section is lower than 2.0. Additionally, a compatible TPM may be disabled on your PC if the "Compatible TPM cannot be detected" warning appears.
How to enable TPM 2.0 in BIOS
If you are lucky enough to have a suitable TPM installed but simply disabled, the next step is to enable it. Access to your computer's UEFI BIOS is required to perform these tasks, although the specific methods and provisions vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The following steps are the basic idea of enabling TPM 2.0 in BIOS. However, since there are many different versions, we will take a closer look at the Asus, MSI and Aorus BIOS later. Also keep in mind that the steps may vary depending on whether you have an Intel or AMD motherboard.
- Restart your computer.
- Press F2 to access the BIOS setup menu while your computer is booting.
- Select the "Security" tab using the arrow keys.
- Look for TPM, Intel Platform Trust Technology (IPTT), or AMD CPU fTPM in the database.
- Set “Enabled” to “Yes”.
- Press F10 to exit BIOS and save your changes.
How to enable TPM 2.0 in BIOS on an Asus
Here's how to enable TMP 2.0 in the Asus Bios on Intel and AMD motherboards.
- Keep pressing the Delete key while the computer boots.
- Go to the “Advanced” options.
- Select “PCH-FW Setup”.
- Search for "PTT" and choose "Enable".
- When the warning window appears, click "OK".
- To save changes, press F10.
- Restart your computer.
- While your computer boots, keep pressing the Del key.
- Navigate to the "Advanced" tab in UEFI once you are there.
- Navigate to the "AMD fTPM" configuration section.
- Select "TPM Firmware" from the TPM Device Selection drop-down menu.
- To save your changes, use the F10 key and restart your computer.
How to Enable TPM 2.0 in BIOS on MSI
Here you will find the steps to enable TPM 2.0 on Intel and AMD motherboards.
- Repeatedly press the Del or F2 key while booting the PC to enter the BIOS.
- Enter “advanced mode” using the F7 button.
- Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.
- Go to “Security”.
- To enable security device support, select “Security device support”.
- Switch AMD fTPM to [AMD fTPM] in the "AMD fTPM Switch" menu.
- Press the Del or F2 key when the computer boots to enter the BIOS.
- Enter “advanced mode” using the F7 key.
- Go to the “Settings” section.
- Choose “Security”.
- Access the “Trusted Computing” option by clicking on it.
- Select the "Security Device Support" option and change it to "Enable".
- Tap “Security PTT Enable” in the “TPM Device Selection” field.
How to enable TPM 2.0 in Aorus BIOS?
Aorus BIOS is also called Gigabyte Bios. The steps to enable TPM 2.0 on AMD and Intel motherboards are similar to the steps above.
- Turn on the PC or restart it if it is already running.
- When the splash screen appears, press and hold the Delete key.
- Enter the “Advanced Mode” to activate the TPM by pressing the F2 key.
- Go to the "Settings" section.
- Select "Miscellaneous".
- Choose "AMD CPU fTPM" from the list of options.
- Choose “Enabled” to activate the TPM.
- Select "Save and Exit", then restart your computer to return to Windows.
- Restart the PC.
- Hold down the Delete key until you hear a beep.
- Once the BIOS is loaded, press "F2" to access the "Advanced" settings.
- Go to the PTT menu and choose “Enabled”.
- Exit and save your work.
- Return to the BIOS menu.
Easily upgrade to Windows 11
Since not all devices have TPM capability, this has created a lot of debate among users, especially those with older computers. However, if your device is compatible, you should have no problem upgrading. It is important to remember that different processor manufacturers use different terms for TPM. So, check if you think your device does not have TPM 2.0.
Additionally, Windows 11 may be installed without the required TPM, but your computer may be vulnerable to malware attacks if you do. It is best to stick to the official guidelines and software to avoid bigger problems in the future.
What do you think of the Windows 11 requirements? Do you think TPM 2.0 is the right choice? Let us know in the comment section below!