The Trusted Platform Module is in charge of ensuring that all the data your computer is making is safe and secure from hackers. It is responsible for encrypting the data as well as creating a unique secret key, known as the TPM key. But what if you don’t have it? It might come as a surprise, but there is a way to check whether your computer is using it or not. The process is quite simple. Here’s how to check if your PC is using TPM.
TPM is a security technology that is used on some PCs to protect sensitive information such as usernames and passwords. TPM 2.0 is an optional feature that can be enabled on some PC models, but not all. If you want to know if your Windows PC has this feature, follow the steps below.
Microsoft just announced and revealed its newest operating system Windows 11 in its Microsoft event. While everyone is all excited about trying the new update, there is one particular thing that’s stopping the majority of PCs from being eligible for Windows 11. If you look at the system requirements, everything seems fine and then you see Trusted Platform Module TPM 2.0. Although it is an important feature most users don’t know about it as it wasn’t a big deal before Windows 11. Here you will know how to check TPM version, how to enable TPM, and other information about TPM.
Check if your PC can Run Windows 11.
While the event was done with, the PC Health Check app was made available on the Microsoft Store, everyone rushed to check and see if their systems would be compatible. Unfortunately, the app just throws an error for most users and says your system isn’t compatible with Windows 11. Now, this has put a lot of people in a fix and people were worried about having to get a brand-new system just to use Windows 11. But the TPM can be a culprit here in your case. So you need to make sure TPM is enabled with the required version. With that being said, let’s take a look at what it is, how it is beneficial and does your system has it.
What is Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
TPM is a technology for the security of your Windows system at a hardware level. It is a security chip that is implemented in a lot of computers, mostly the newer ones. It has cryptographic keys that protect all your sensitive data. You could say it’s like how security software works around to protect all your data and files. These cryptographic keys are difficult and almost impossible to crack or break into, which helps in giving you maximum security.
Use of Trusted Platform Module
TPM is used in most of the security features that are built right away in your Windows system. such as the Windows Hello face recognition, fingerprints, and even Bitlocker which you can use to encrypt your hard drives. Without this chip you will not be able to store sensitive information and neither will you be able to make use of such encryption software.
How to Check TPM Version
Well, the TPM chip is available on almost all systems that have been launched since 2015. Systems that came in pre-installed with the Windows 10 operating system have this security chip. But you can’t find it on your windows, it is like a registry, so you will need a guide to check if TPM is installed as hardware and it is running with which version. Checking the TPM version is important as you know the minimum requirement is TPM 2.0. To know if you have a TPM chip in your system there are two ways to get it done.
1. Via Windows Security app
- Fire up the Windows Security app and click on Device security.
- Now, click on security processor details.
- You will now be able to see the TPM version as well as the chip model & manufacturer.
2. Via the Run command
- Press the Windows and R key to open the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog box type in tpm.msc
- You will now be able to see the manufacturer of the chip, the TPM version as well as the Manufacturer’s version.
How to Enable TPM from BIOS
Now, it could also be that even if you have a new system, it might not show up. Your system manufacturer might have disabled it. And if it is disabled, your PC will not pass the requirement for Windows 11. So, if the PC health check application shows your PC is not supported for Windows 11, follow these steps to enable TPM on your Windows PC.
- Enter the BIOS menu of your system. You can do that by pressing the F2 key while the system starts. The Function button can vary according to the PC & its motherboard.
- After booting your PC to BIOS, head over to the Security tab and look for TPM or fTPM.
- If it shows that it’s disabled, simply select it and change the value to enabled. In case if it is not editable, you first need to set the Supervisor password and save it. Then open the BIOS again to enable TPM.
- Also, enable Secure Boot from BIOS (you can find it in the Security or maybe other tabs).
- Save the changes and restart your system. You should now be having TPM enabled on your system.
- Now you can recheck for Windows 10 eligibility in the PC health check application.
Supported TPM version
If you have a system running Windows 10 version 1607 you will be having TPM version 1.2. The same goes for the Windows server 2016 version as well. TPM 2.0 is enabled by default on all the latest Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 versions.
Remove TPM 2.0 missing warning to install Windows 11
Well, there is one way that you will be able to enable and run Windows 11 without the TPM 2.0 needed message. However, for this, you will be required to have the ISO files of Windows 11 (the official versions are yet to be released) and make a few changes to some files in the setup folder of Windows 11. Apart from that, there is no other way to get TPM onto your system except installing the hardware.
Looking at the minimum required specs as well as the supported processor list of Intel and AMD, it sure looks like a lot of systems might not be able to install Windows 11, unless Microsoft decides to relax a few of these system requirements and also making TPM 2.0 as an option for devices that only have it. We could see these changes drop in at a later date before the official build of Windows 11 is ready for the public.
So now you know how to check the TPM version and how to enable TPM if it is disabled by default. Many users have reported that after enabling the TPM from BIOS, the PC health check now shows the green sign. Let us know if your PC is eligible after enabling the TPM. If it’s not then your CPU may not be supported.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enable TPM on Windows?
In case you do not know what a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is, it is basically a hardware chip that is a “key to the kingdom” when it comes to encryption. It is essentially a hardware encryption chip that is integrated into computers and network devices. This chip is intended to provide strong encryption for computers and network devices to provide secure data transfer. The TPM is about to become a standard for computer hardware. Passcode on phones and tablets has become very common these days. This is because when people get locked out of their devices, they don’t want to wait for someone to come over, or call the help line. For this reason, many manufacturers provide an after-market way to unlock your device without the need to go through the hassle of having to bring the device to a shop, or having to wait on hold.
How do I enable TPM in BIOS?
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a full-featured cryptographic coprocessor that provides hardware-based security functions in computing devices. TPM is used as a security module for mobile devices, such as mobile phones, to provide an enhanced level of security and manageability. TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, is an encryption chip that is used to store highly sensitive user data (such as passwords and encryption keys) and that can be used to secure laptops, laptops, personal digital assistants, tablets, and smartphones. TPM can be used to lock down a machine with one or more passwords to unlock and access the sensitive data if the computer is lost or stolen, or if the computer is compromised and the data stolen. TPM-protected devices can also be used to meet enterprise security objectives.
How do I check if TPM is enabled in CMD?
TPM is a security technology that runs in the background and helps protect your device, making it more secure and difficult to breach. To enable TPM, you simply go to your BIOS settings and make sure that it is enabled in the Security settings. Once enabled, TPM will help encrypt your data and protect your PC from malicious attacks. Windows 7 provides a number of ways to verify the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is enabled, including Show TPM in the Security Center, setting up the TPM Group Policy, and using the wintrust.dll. However, none of those methods are as simple as the following command: wdm.ocx -r -valuetab -v