What is TPMS 2.0
Have you tried to Install Windows 11 and found that you need a TPM to proceed? Microsoft Windows 11 Operating System is requiring a TPM 2.0 to let your hands on the new Windows 11.
However, TPM is a chip on your computer, located on the motherboard. This chip is made for the security of your PC, in other words, if your PC was stolen from you, the stealer will not be able to take data or access your PC, the TPM 2.0 chip will block all data.
This allows for features like BitLocker Drive Encryption, Windows Hello PINs and biometrics, and PC hardware tamper protection.
It’s like the authenticator app that you use to log in to your bank account, so using this ship will encrypt Your PC’s data to secure them in case something bad happened.
How To Check if You have a TPM on your PC
On Windows 10, there are many ways to check if you have TPM, using Settings, Device Manager, also the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) settings, but now I will show you the best 5 easy and best ways to checkTPM Fast.
Check Compatibility with the Microsoft Health Check application
- Go to This link.
- When you open the page Click on “Download”.
- You will find The Health Check App “DOWNLOAD” Button, Click on it.
- After Downloading the APP, Install it, then open it.
- Click on “Check Now”
- After Check Complete, You will receive a message that will tell you if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 or not.
- If it’s compatible that means your PC contains a TPM as well, and if your PC wasn’t compatible you will receive a popup with reasons why your PC is not compatible.
Download WhyNotWin11 App Made for TPM 2.0 check
“WhyNotWin11” is another app made for a PC health check with more details about your PC hardware compatibility.
It’s better for those who want to get more information about their PC’s Hardware after the checkup.
So let’s go to the steps:
- First, go to this link.
- Then scroll down and find “Download Latest Stable Release”, and click on it.
- The App will start downloading.
- After download complete, install and open the app.
- Then The application will do the check automatically and gives you the results.
When the check is complete you will have an idea about your hardware compatibility, if all is okay, you will notice a green color with an “OK” on all checkpoints, however, if not you will find a red color as it shows in the picture below.
In my case, I just have 2 HDD, and 1 SSD Drive so the results show that 1 Disk Partition Type meets the requirements which are normal and I am ready to do Windows 11.
Checking it directly from your PC
If you want to check your PC directly it will not show you the exact result, because maybe your PC contains a TPM but windows don’t recognize it, so you may need to activate it from the BIOS.
Although, to be more sure, Here is how to check it directly from your PCs:
- On your Keyboard Press Windows Key + R, to open the Run dialog.
- Type into Run box “tpm.msc”, then hit Enter.
- If your TPM is not available you will receive a message with “Compatible TPM not found”, however, if it’s active you will find out that it’s active by looking at the status “The TPM is ready for use”.
Check Using Device Manager
Also by using the device manager, it may not show you the complete details as the “WhyNotWin11” application, even so, it’s also a better way to understand if at least Your TPM is active or not, or if maybe the PC recognize it.
Now moving to the steps:
- Go into the top bottom left of your Desktop, and click on the Search Box.
- Search for “Device Manager”.
- A printer icon with a camera beside will show “Device Manager”, Click on that icon and it will take you directly to the Device Manager center.
- Scroll Down, and lookup for “Security Devices Icon”.
- If you find the security Devices Icon that means it’s likely you Have a TPM activated on your PC, however, if not that doesn’t mean your PC doesn’t have a TPM, maybe it’s not active.
Using Command Prompt
Now you are gonna be more advanced in Checking your TPM using Command Prompt, as it is an advanced mode of doing the check.
Follow the steps below:
- In the Windows 10 search box, type cmd, or hit the “Windows Key”.
- Type “cmd”, and on the right of the results click “Run as administrator”
- After opening cmd copy this command and then paste it into cmd
wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2\security\microsofttpm path win32_tpm get * /format:textvaluelist.xsl
- After hitting Enter, the results will come up.
- To know if you have TPM you will see these values as shown in the photo below:
That means your TPM is activated and if you didn’t see these results that means your TPM is either not activated or doesn’t exist in your computer.
How to enable TPM if you have it
If the TPM management screen doesn’t show up on your PC, chances are your computer contains a TPM but it just is not activated yet.
To enable the TPM, you will have to open the BIOS settings and activate your TPM settings. Depending on your motherboard brand, your BIOS settings may differ but take a look at an option that says TPM or PTT (Platform Trust Technology), usually it appears under an ‘Advanced’ tab somewhere on the BIOS.
Once you have enabled it, you can check for your TPM compatibility again to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 11.
Final Important Note
This is particularly helpful for CPUs, where PC Health Check states that your CPU isn’t compatible, but alternatively, it can meet the necessary processor speed and number of cores.
Microsoft can mark your CPU as incompatible with windows 11 because it doesn’t have a built-in TPM 2 processor. On the other hand, you can install the TPM processor on your motherboard to fill that missing piece, to make all your hardware compatible.
You should put in mind that even though your hardware was not 100% compatible, this will not prevent you from downloading and installing Windows 11 on your device as long as most of your hardware is compatible.
The best thing about WhyNotWin11 is that it is an open-source tool, so you can see exactly all the details of what the program is looking for to run your tests from the command line.
Finally, Will, you upgrade to Windows 11 ? and what’s your thought about the TPM feature?