TPM or Trusted Platform Module is a kind of chip installed on your computer’s CPU for better security on your computer. Recently Microsoft has announced the system requirements for Windows 11 which created a huge buzz in the tech world. This is because they have made the TPM chip and secure boot mandatory for installing Windows 11 leaving back millions of PC that don’t have such hardware.
Anyways, they have made it mandatory and we need to have the minimum system requirements on our system including the TPM and Secure Boot features. But how to know whether your PC has a TPM? Knowing this can help you decide whether to directly install the OS or to get a TPM chip for that.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to check if your PC has TPM for Windows 11 with a couple of methods. So let’s go through the steps.
What is TPM (Trusted Platform Module)?
A TPM a.k.a Trusted Platform Module is a hardware component (basically a chip) designed to make your hardware secure by using integrated cryptographic keys. This chip includes multiple physical security measures to make it tamper-proof, and malicious applications like viruses, trojans, etc cannot tamper with the security layers provided by the module.
Some major advantages of having a TPM chip on your machine are as follows:
- Create, save and limit the usage of cryptographic keys.
- Use the TPM technology for platform device authentication by using its RSA key.
- Ensure platform integrity by taking and storing security measurements.
Check Windows 11 TPM Using TPM Management Tool
The first method to check TPM compatibility on your computer is using the TPM management tool.
- At first use the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to launch the Run dialog. Type tpm.msc and click OK or hit enter.
- Now the TPM utility will be opened and you can find the Status and TPM Manufacturer Information. In my case the Status is “The TPM is ready for use” and the version of TPM is “2.0″. This means that your system is eligible to install Windows 11 operating system.
- In case your system doesn’t have a compatible TPM or no TPM at all, you will see a screen like this.
Check Windows 11 TPM Using Device Manager
This is another way to check whether your PC has a compatible Trusted Platform Module for running Windows 11.
- First of all search for “device manager” by clicking the lens button on the taskbar. From the result select Device Manager. You can also use devmgmt.msc command in Run dialog to open the device manager.
- In the device manager window, scroll down and click Security Device to expand it and see if any TPM entries exist or not.
- If exist, make sure that the TPM version is 2.0.
Checking Windows 11 TPM Using Command Prompt
The third and final method for Windows 11 TPM check is using the command prompt. For that.
- Open the command prompt by searching “command prompt”. From the search result click on Run as administrator to open it. You can also type cmd in the Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R.
- Once the command window is opened, copy and paste the following lines of code.
wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2\security\microsofttpm path win32_tpm get * /format:textvaluelist.xsl
- If your system has a compatible TPM available and is installed correctly, then you will see the above screen with IsActivated, IsEnabled and IsOwned values as TRUE.
- If not compatible TPM is found you will something like this:
So these are the methods to check Windows 11 TPM compatibility on your PC/laptop without any external tools. However, you can also perform a Windows 11 TPM compatibility check on your device using the official PC Health Check App released by Microsoft. But as per our experience, you actually don’t need the health check app for confirming the existence of a Trusted Platform Module hardware on your device. The 3 methods mentioned above are more than enough to know it.
And now you know whether your PC has a TPM or not. In case you have it, enable tpm in bios with our guide.
In case your system doesn’t have a compatible TPM, it’s not the end of the world.😂 You can still install Windows 11 on your incompatible PC using our guide here:
Try it once and let us know your thoughts.