How to check and activate TPM 2.0 to get Windows 11

Josh Spires | June 26, 2021 | Featured, Software

TPM 2.0 Windows 11

Along with the announcement of Windows 11, Microsoft released minimum system requirements, including the need for TPM 2.0 to get the update, which most modern PCs have – but don’t have turned on.

What is TPM 2.0?

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 is a mix of software and a dedicated chip found on most motherboards and laptops that ensure any passwords or encryption keys. The chip can quarantine any software that isn’t supposed to be there by scanning the BIOS on start up.

First, check if TPM is active

Checking if you already have TPM 2.0 enabled on your Windows PC is simple. Press WIN + R on the keyboard to open Run. Once opened type in tpm.msc and hit OK or press enter.

A window will open with the status of your PC. If you have TPM active it will show an overview, status, available options, and the version info of TPM.

An example of TPM 2.0 running on a Windows PC

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  1. Shutdown your PC.

  2. Turn your PC on and hit the DELETE or F2 key to enter the BIOS.

  3. Navigate over to the Advanced tab.

  4. If your motherboard supports it, you should see a fTPM option, select it.

  5. Enable fTPM and then save and exit the BIOS, it should automatically restart and take you into Windows.

  6. Once in Windows check to see if it’s activated by press WIN + R and typing in tpm.msc and hit OK or press enter.

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  1. Shutdown your PC.
  2. Turn your PC on and hit the DELETE or F2 key to enter the BIOS.
  3. Navigate over to the Settings tab and then the Miscellaneous menu option.
  4. If your motherboard supports it, you should see an Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT) option, enable it.
  5. Save and exit the BIOS, it should automatically restart and take you into Windows.
  6. Once in Windows check to see if it’s activated by press WIN + R and typing in tpm.msc and hit OK or press enter.

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