Are you facing the problem of TPM 2.0 and your device does not support the installation of Windows 11? So let’s solve this problem together. Microsoft recently held a conference announcing the arrival of the latest versions of the Windows 11 operating system. While everyone is waiting for the release of Windows 11 to experience this huge big update, there may be only one thing standing in the way for a large group of PC users to officially receive this update.
If you look at the Windows 11 requirements, you might find that everything is fine, and then you see the requirement for Trusted Platform Module TPM 2.0. Although it is an important feature that most users are not aware of, it did not pose a big problem before the launch of Windows 11. So in this article you will know how to check the TPM version, how to enable the TPM, and other information about the TPM.
Immediately after Microsoft’s event, PC Health Check was available on the Windows Store, and everyone rushed to check and see if their systems would be compatible with Windows 11. Unfortunately, the app shows an error for most users and says that your system is not compatible with Windows 11.
Now, this has put a lot of people into fix and people were worried about having to get a newer PC than the one they own just to use Windows 11. But TPM could be the culprit here in your case. So you need to make sure that the TPM is enabled with the required version (2.0). So let’s take a look at what a TPM is, why it is important, and how to activate the required version.
What is Trusted Platform Module (TPM)?
TPM is a hardware-level security technology for your Windows OS . It’s a security chip that’s built into a lot of computers, especially the latest ones. It contains encryption keys that protect all your data. It can be said that it is in control of how the security software works throughout your device to protect all your data and files. These keys are hard, and nearly impossible to break or skip, which helps give you maximum security.
Why is Trusted Platform Module (TPM) important?
TPM is used in most security features built into your Windows system. Like facial and fingerprint recognition, and even Bitlocker that you can use to encrypt your hard drives. Without this chip, you will not be able to maintain information storage, and you will not be able to take advantage of this encryption software.
How to check what’s your TPM version?
The TPM chip is available on almost all devices launched since 2015. Systems that came preinstalled with Windows 10 have this security chip. But you can’t find it on your windows, it’s like registry, so you’ll need an explanation to check if TPM is installed and with what version it’s running. Checking the TPM version is important, as you know the minimum requirement to run Windows 11 is TPM 2.0. To find out if you have a TPM chip in your system there are two ways to do that, let’s find out if you have a TPM chip in your system:
- Via the Windows Security app
- Open the Windows security app and head to the Device Security section on the left side.
- Now click on security processor details.
- You will be able to see the TPM version, as well as the manufacturer’s name.
- Via the Run command
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R key together.
- Type tpm.msc and press OK.
- You will be able to see the TPM version number, the name of the manufacturer, and its version number.
How to activate TPM 2.0 in BIOS
Now, it could also be that even if you have a newer version of it, it may not show up. The manufacturer may disable it. If it is disabled, your computer will not meet the requirements of Windows 11. Therefore, if the PC Health check app shows that your computer is not supported to run Windows 11, follow these steps to enable the TPM on your Windows PC.
- Enter your system’s BIOS menu. You can do this by pressing the F2 key when you start your computer. This button can vary according to the computer and motherboard.
- After your computer has entered BIOS, head to the Security tab and search for TPM or fTPM.
- If it appears to be disabled, simply select and change the value to Enabled. In case if it is not changeable, you first need to set the Supervisor Password from the BIOS menu in the same Security section. Then open BIOS again to enable TPM.
- If it still doesn’t work or doesn’t show up in the BIOS control panel, make sure you enable UEFI Legacy mode first in the BIOS, or make sure that the hardware is already on your device. Below is shown how to check for the presence of the TPM chip.
- Also, enable Secure Boot from BIOS (you can find it on the Security tab or possibly other tabs).
- Save changes and restart your device. You should now have the TPM activated on your computer.
- Now rerun PC Check Health test for Windows 11 requirements.
Supported version of TPM
If you have Windows 10 version 1607, it will have TPM version 1.2. The same for Windows server 2016 version as well. By default, TPM 2.0 is enabled on the latest versions of Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016.
Your PC does not have TPM 2.0? there’s a fix!
If your device already does not have a TPM security chip in any version, or it has a version other than TPM 2.0, this is a barrier to installing Windows from Windows Insider. To find out if your device has a TPM, follow these steps:
- You must first have Windows 10 installed on your computer.
- Open the PowerShell, and give it admin privileges, you can open it by right-clicking on the Windows button on the taskbar, and then choosing PowerShell (Admin).
- Type get-tpm and press enter.
- If you see “False”, your computer does not already have a TPM.
- If you see “True”, your device already has a TPM chip, and now it’s time to check its version.
- Open Run command, by right-clicking on the Windows button on the taskbar and then selecting Run, or – simply – pressing Win + R from the keyboard.
- Type tpm.msc and press OK.
- It will open the Trusted Platform Module window, which contains the TPM version number, the name of the manufacturer and some other information about this chip. What matters most to us in this information is the version number.
- If the version number is 2.0, this means that your device is ready to officially receive the Windows 11 beta update from Windows Insider (as we explained at the beginning of this article).
- If the version number is different from 2.0 (eg 1.2), then you will not be able to officially install Windows 11 from Insider, except in two ways:
- The first is to force the system to read the device specifications as if they meet the minimum requirements.
- The second, which is to download Windows 11 ISO Insider version, burn it to a flash drive, and perform a clean installation of Windows 11.
Given the minimum specifications required to run Windows 11, as well as the list of supported processors from Intel or AMD, it certainly appears that a lot of devices may not be able to install Win 11, unless Microsoft decides to change some of these requirements, as well as make TPM 2.0 As an option it is not mandatory for devices that only have it. We’ll likely see some of the cuts to these requirements later, before the stable version of it is ready for the public.
At the end of the article, now you know how to check the TPM version and how to enable the TPM if it is disabled by default. Several users said that after enabling the TPM from the BIOS, the PC Health Check app now displays a green tick. Leave a comment below to let us know if your PC qualifies to install Windows 11 after enabling the TPM. If it still doesn’t qualify, Windows 11 may not support your CPU. Read more about supported processors.
If you have any incomprehensible step, or any query that raises your question, tell us in the comments below, and we will be ready to answer you as soon as possible, and see you on other useful topics.