If Your PC Says It Can’t Upgrade to Windows 11, Check Your BIOS

The absence of a TPM chip could make it impossible for many to upgrade.

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 recently, and people can now download the PC Health Check Up to see if their computers meet the hardware requirements of the new operating system so they can get the free update. However, many users with relatively new computers (including me) are running into big ugly red crosses when running the application, saying, “No, I’m really sorry buddy, your 10th Gen Intel CPU, Zmotherboand RTX 3070 Ti won’t. “They’re good enough,” says the narrator, “which is plainly preposterous.

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It turns out that the issue is most likely caused by your motherboard’s BIOS settings, rather than a problem with your hardware.

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According to Tom Warren from The Verge, You must have “Secure Boot” enabled in the BIOS of your motherboard, and it must have a TPM 2.0 chip (Trusted Platform Module).

Certainly, a TPM 2.0 chip is part of the Windows 11 minimum hardware requirements, and is related to many different security features. However, Its minimum requirements say “Secure Boot Capable (capable)” and not that it actually has to be enabled.

To check if Secure Boot is enabled on your PC, restart it and open the UEFI menu of your motherboard by pressing the Delete key (or F2 or F11 depending on your motherboard) before Windows loads. The exact location will vary depending on the manufacturer of your motherboard (mine was in the Boot menu), but hopefully it will be quite intuitive.

As for the TPM 2.0 chip, you can check if it is enabled by pressing Windows key + R to open “run” and typing tpm.msc. Press Enter and a window should appear indicating whether the TPM chip is enabled or not. If it is not, then it may be disabled on the motherboard as well. To activate it, go back to the UEFI of your motherboard and search for it.

The reality is that there is a very good chance that your PC simply does not have a TPM 2.0 chip if you built it yourself. Although I was able to turn on Secure Boot, I could not find any trace of a TPM chip on my computer, and yes, having consulted the instruction manual of my motherboard, I knew that my Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero Z590 has a connector for a TPM chip 2.0, but this is sold separately. What a disappointment, it turns out that TPM 2.0 is not that common on motherboards on the market, which is quite annoying if you ask me.

It is possible to install TPM chips on your motherboard, but it is a bit complicated and you will probably need to consult your motherboard’s instruction manual to find out where the connector is. All of this is quite unnecessary, and a real annoyance for us PC users. I will be aware of this situation as we get closer to the release of Windows 11 later this year, but I hope that Microsoft will change the requirements so that computer enthusiasts are not unnecessarily penalized.

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