Although it did not reveal an exact release date, the company has already provided details about the minimum requirements that computers will need to meet to run the new product.
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Among the requirements is a security chip called TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module).
This component is a data security processor, related to encryption. Encryption is a mechanism that obfuscates information and only allows access to it using certain keys.
The TPM stores these encryption keys and can detect software changes. If that happens, it generates signals that the computer can use to contain potential damage.
According to Microsoft, the TPM chip records system startup information and checks for software integrity, for example. In practice, it can prevent malware from circumventing security functions.
The TPM can be a component on the motherboard, integrated with another part of the computer, or contained in the firmware (a set of instructions programmed directly into the hardware). The 2.0 standard was released in 2014.
a st 1 Microsoft asked why this requirement was only made now, for Windows 11, and did not get a response until the latest update for this report.
How can I tell if my computer has a TPM 2.0 chip?
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Microsoft’s support page notes that since 2016, the company has required that new forms, fonts, or strings must “implement and enable TPM 2.0 by default.”
Here’s how to tell if your computer has an active TPM 2.0:
- Go to the start menu and type tpm;
- Select the Security Wizard option;
- Find the Specification version field and make sure that “2.0” is indicated.
If the information does not appear, it may mean that the computer It does not have TPM 2.0 or the feature is not enabled.
In some cases, the component must be enabled in UEFI, the software interface between the operating system and firmware – the term UEFI has replaced BIOS. Strictly speaking, Windows 11 does not support BIOS, only UEFI.
It is not possible to indicate a single path to check if the TPM can be enabled via UEFI / BIOS, as each PC manufacturer uses different versions of this function.
One way out Find the exact model of your motherboard, find the complete guide on the internet and check if there is any mention of TPM 2.0 – The document will usually only indicate that the motherboard has a compatible port, but that the component may be on the computer.
How do I know if my computer is compatible with Windows 11
Microsoft has released a program that indicates the compatibility of the new system, indicating the minimum requirements.
- Download PC Health Check from the Microsoft website;
- Open the tool and click on Check Now;
- Then, the app will show you if your computer is compatible.
The software may be accused of incompatibility due to the TPM 2.0 chipSo, it is worth checking out the above options.
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