How to check if your PC has TPM for a Windows 11 upgrade

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XDA Developers 26 June, 2021 - 09:30am 45 views

How do you get Windows 11?

Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and clicking Check for Updates. If available, you'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install. CNETWindows 11: Price, compatibility, release date and features for Microsoft's new update

Does Windows 11 require TPM?

TPM 2.0 was only released in 2019, suggesting that PCs made prior to that year may be incompatible with Windows 11. In an email to CRN on Friday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that “TPM 2.0 is a minimum requirement; Windows 11 will not install without it.” CRNMicrosoft Now Says Windows 11 TPM Requirement Is For Version 2.0 CRN 2 hrs ago

Is Windows 11 update available now?

Windows 11 will be free to download for Windows 10 users. ... So long as your PC meets the minimum requirements, you'll be able to update to Windows 11 the same way you usually update Windows 10 -- once it starts rolling out during the 2021 holiday season and into 2022 (we don't have an exact date yet). CNETWindows 11 will be free to download. Here's how to make the update (if your device is compatible)

When does Windows 11 roll out?

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update. microsoft.comUpgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

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“The Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) is a chip that is either integrated into your PC’s motherboard or added separately into the CPU,” explains David Weston, director of enterprise and OS security at Microsoft. “Its purpose is to protect encryption keys, user credentials, and other sensitive data behind a hardware barrier so that malware and attackers can’t access or tamper with that data.”

So it’s all about security. TPMs work by offering hardware-level protection instead of software only. It can be used to encrypt disks using Windows features like BitLocker, or to prevent dictionary attacks against passwords. TPM 1.2 chips have existed since 2011, but they’ve typically only been used widely in IT-managed business laptops and desktops. Microsoft wants to bring that same level of protection to everyone using Windows, even if it’s not always perfect.

That 83 percent figure seems huge, but when you consider the various phishing, ransomware, supply chain, and IoT vulnerabilities that exist, the broad range of attacks becomes a lot clearer. Ransomware attacks hit the headlines weekly, and ransomware funds more ransomware so it’s a difficult problem to solve. TPMs will certainly help with certain attacks, but Microsoft is banking on a combination of modern CPUs, Secure Boot, and its set of virtualization protections to really make a dent in ransomware.

Microsoft is trying to play its part, particularly as Windows is the platform that’s often most affected by these attacks. It’s widely used by businesses worldwide, and there are more than 1.3 billion Windows 10 machines in use today. Microsoft software has been at the core of devastating attacks that made global headlines, like the Russia-linked SolarWinds hack and the Hafnium hacks on Microsoft Exchange Server. And while the company isn’t responsible for forcing its clients to keep its software patched, it’s trying to be more proactive about protection.

Microsoft’s Windows 11 website lists the minimum system requirements, with a link to compatible CPUs and a clear mention that a TPM 2.0 is required at a minimum. (It’s not.) The PC Health Check app that Microsoft asks people to download and check to see if Windows 11 runs will flag systems that do not have Secure Boot or TPM support enabled or devices that have CPUs that aren’t officially supported (anything older than 8th Gen Intel chips).

That’s left many trying to figure out if their device supports TPM or not, confusion with BIOS settings, and even people rushing to buy separate TPM modules they don’t need. Some are even scalping TPM 2.0 modules on eBay!

Hidden away on Microsoft’s site is what’s really happening here. The true minimum requirements are TPM 1.2 and a 64-bit dual-core CPU that’s 1GHz or greater. TPM support can be enabled through practically any modern CPU in the BIOS settings of a machine. You shouldn’t need a separate module unless your CPU is very old.

Microsoft is promoting TPM 2.0 and performing checks for 8th Gen or newer Intel chips because these are the requirements for certified OEM hardware — the machines you’ll find in stores with an inevitable Windows 11 sticker. The reality is that Windows 11 will install on devices with TPM 1.2 enabled, and practically any CPU that meets the 64-bit dual-core 1GHz or above standard — you’ll just have to navigate a notification telling you the “upgrade is not advised.”

Microsoft doesn’t even mention this true TPM 1.2 minimum in its blog post outlining this new security effort today, nor does the company offer any details on the CPU support that many seem to be stumbling into. If you’re having issues with the PC Health App checker for Windows 11, make sure you have “PTT” on Intel systems enabled in the BIOS, or “PSP fTPM” on AMD devices. Otherwise, wait for Microsoft to improve this system checker over the next couple of weeks.

it’s not super obvious and every BIOS varies. On mine it’s literally just “PTT.” pic.twitter.com/CrmSGEgARN

What Microsoft is trying to achieve here will benefit the Windows ecosystem in years to come, alongside its new efforts for Xbox-like security on Windows. Microsoft just totally dropped the ball on explaining that to everyone on day one.

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Microsoft will officially support Windows 11 only in these Intel, AMD and Qualcomm processors - MSPoweruser

MSPoweruser 26 June, 2021 - 03:00am

After announcing Windows 11, Microsoft released a new tool called PC Health Check that can be used to check whether a PC is eligible for Windows 11 or not. Based on the customer feedback, Microsoft yesterday released a new version of PC Health Check app that shows why your PC is ineligible for Windows 11. We noticed that many users got “The processor isn’t supported for Windows 11” message, so we would like to clarify the supported CPU situation to our readers.

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