Update – 05/10/21 – Windows 11 will start to become available today, allowing those with Windows 10 PCs to up upgrade for free. PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will also start to become available for purchase!
Windows 11 was officially announced yesterday and many are already starting to look at whether or not their existing hardware will be compatible with the new operating system. Alongside a slew of system requirements, one of the major requirements needed for the installation of Windows 11 is TPM (Trusted Platform Module) version 2.0. Luckily, almost any piece of hardware created after 2015 should have TPM 2.0 support – and enabling it isn’t all that difficult either.
For those that aren’t familiar with the process of enabling TPM, we’ll be going over how to enable TPM 2.0 in this simple step-by-step guide. Alongside screenshots and clear steps, we’ll also be outlining any useful information as we go.
So, with plenty to get through, let’s dive into how to enable TPM 2.0 in your BIOS.
Check our Windows 11 System requirements page here.
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Is TPM Version 2.0 Enabled On My PC?
One of the big questions we’ve been asked since the official unveiling of Windows 11 is, is TPM enabled on my PC?
Luckily, there’s a pretty easy way to check, requiring little effort and with quick results.
Start off by pressing WIN + R whilst on the desktop to open up Run. Once inside Run, simply type tpm.msc and press enter.
This will bring up the Trust Platform Module Management window that will let you know whether or not your motherboard has a TPM chip – and whether or not it’s enabled.
Here’s what it’ll look like if you don’t have a TPM 2.0 module on your motherboard:
Alternatively, if you have a TPM 2.0 chip and it’s enabled, you will recieve the following message:
If your PC showcases the above message, you should need to enter it for the installation of Windows 11.
Our Test System
- Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Pro
- Intel 11th Gen i7-11700K
- 16GB XPG 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll be using the following computer and hardware:
It’s worth mentioning that, even though the Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Pro has a TPM 2.0 chip, the Trusted Platform Module manager said otherwise. So, whilst it’s a handy tool to let you know whether TPM 2.0 is enabled, it won’t let you know if you’re motherboard has the facility.
How To Enabled TPM Version 2.0 In BIOS
This is our quick step-by-step guide on how to enable TPM version 2.0 on your current motherboard. Whilst both Intel and AMD differ in terminology (Intel PTT, AMD fTPM), the technology – and method – are still pretty much the same.
That being said, we’ll be using an Intel CPU and motherboard for this explanation.
Enter The BIOS
Start off by entering your motherboard’s BIOS. You can do this by pressing ‘DEL‘ or ‘F2‘ during startup. If you reach the Windows load screen, you’ve gone too far.
Change the BIOS into Advanced Mode
If your BIOS menu is set to ‘Easy Mode’, you’ll want to change that into advanced mode. You can do this by pressing ‘F2‘ inside the BIOS or clicking the option within the sidebar.
Navigate to Settings>Miscellaneous
Inside advanced mode, simply navigate to the settings bar by clicking it. Inside settings, you’ll see a ‘Miscellaneous‘ tab. Double click to enter.
Inside miscellaneous settings, enable TPM Version 2.0
Inside Miscellaneous, you should see an option for ‘Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT)‘ – this is Intel’s TPM feature.
Simply click it and select ‘Enable‘ from the drop-down menu.
At this point, you can simply restart your PC by navigating to the ‘Save & Exit‘ tab.
However, the following steps are also required for the safe installation of Windows 11.
Enable Secure Boot
Alongside enabling TPM in the motherboard’s BIOS, you’ll also have to enable Secure Boot as well.
This will enable you to complete a full installation of Windows 11 successfully. Here are the steps required:
Enter The BIOS
If you aren’t already in the BIOS, jump into it by pressing ‘F2‘ or ‘Del‘ during startup.
Selected Advanced Mode
Again, you’ll need to select the ‘Advanced Mode‘ to enable Secure Boot. Dot his by press ‘F2‘ or selecting it from the side menu.
Select the Boot option in BIOS
When using the advanced mode, simply click the ‘Boot‘ option from the top menu.
Select Secure Boot From The Options
Simply navigate to the ‘Secure Boot‘ tab and select it.
How To Enable TPM 2.0 In BIOS
Once you’ve fully enabled TPM 2.0 in the BIOS, you’ll be able to install Windows 11 preview build by signing up for its Inside Program – a first look, find the bugs and let us know, kind of scenario. Unfortunately, if you’re system doesn’t support (or have) a TPM 2.0 module, you’ll either have to purchase a TPM module and install it – or purchase a completely new motherboard.
You can check ASUS’s motherboard compatibility list here.
That’s all there is to it! Luckily, enabling TPM 2.0 and Secure boot isn’t that difficult of a task – only requiring a few simple BIOS steps to do so.
Having said all this, Windows 11 is still some ways off – so knowing whether or not you’ll actually need to use these steps come Windows 11 launch isn’t certain just yet.
If you have any questions regarding how to enable TPM 2.0 in your BIOS, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.