How to enable the TPM to upgrade to Windows 11

Only a few days have passed since the official presentation of Windows 11 . The new operating system will be available already during the second part of this year. In this first phase, among all the news announced to users, the attention was focused on the necessary requirements for the update.

Update and requirements

It is thought that there are still a few months to go until the official release of Windows 11 , presented on June 24th. Microsoft will soon make available to users an application (PC Health Check) that will be useful to check if your device meets the necessary requirements and if, therefore, it is compatible with the new version of the operating system. Furthermore, the update will be completely free for Windows 7, Windows 8 (8.1) and Windows 10.

One of the items needed to get Windows 11 requires the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip . Without TPM support (1.2 or higher) the upgrade will not be possible. While devices may include the required chip, it is likely that this will not be enabled by default . Therefore, it may be necessary to proceed manually in order to update the operating system and get Windows 11 as soon as it is available.

What is the TPM chip, which is needed to upgrade to Windows 11

The TPM chip (acronym that stands for the Trusted Platform Module) is a dedicated and specialized element in the generation, storage and protection of cryptographic keys . It helps to make the communication flow between the hardware components of the system more secure . Each time this chip is turned on, it checks that the hardware is not exposed to cyber attacks , therefore tampered with. It is usually integrated into the motherboard of your computer, but you can acquire it as a single item and integrate it into your system later.


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How to enable the TPM chip through Windows 10

Below is the information, step by step, useful for enabling the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on your computer through the Windows 10 settings :

  • Open Settings
  • Click Update & Security
  • Click Recovery
  • In the Advanced Startup section, click the Restart Now button
  • Click Troubleshoot
  • Click Advanced Options
  • Click the UEFI Firmware Settings option

Note: If you have a legacy BIOS , the option will not be available.

  • Click the Restart button
  • Open the security settings page

Note: UEFI settings are generally different depending on the manufacturer and also on the computer model. As a result, you may need to check the company’s support web page for more specific details and thus find the security settings .

  • Select the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) option and press Enter
  • Select the Enabled option and press Enter
  • Exit UEFI settings
  • Confirm the changes to restart the computer

After completing all the steps shown, your computer is ready for the compatibility check that will precede the installation of Windows 11.


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How to enable the TPM chip via the computer boot sequence

L ‘ enabling the TPM present on their computer is a process that can also be performed during the boot sequence . These steps below are useful if, for example, you don’t have access to the Windows 10 desktop or have a new device with different settings. Here is an alternative way to enable the Trusted Platform Module chip:

  • Press the power button
  • Refer to the home screen to identify the correct key to press to access the firmware (normally this is one of the function keys F, or Esc )

Note: Your computer may restart very quickly. You need to pay close attention to the key required to proceed with the necessary steps. If the information does not appear on the home screen, you should check the device documentation . The manual will contain useful information to proceed with this method directly from the start screen.

  • Follow the instructions and press the required keys until you enter the configuration mode.
  • Open the security settings page
  • Select the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) option and press Enter. Select the Enabled option and press Enter again
  • Exit UEFI settings
  • Confirm the changes to restart the computer

Once all the above steps have been performed, the TPM chip will be correctly enabled and the computer will have the last requirement necessary to get the update to the new Windows operating system.

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