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How to Enable TPM 2.0? [Step By Step With Images]

In this piece, we will talk about why you should enable TPM 2.0, the perks it offers to Windows users, and the benefits of this technology.

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The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a critical yet frequently unnoticed chip located on motherboards or CPUs. Functioning as a crypto processor, it employs cryptographic keys to safeguard data, thereby significantly improving computer security. It protects encryption keys, user credentials, and sensitive data. In Windows 11, features like Windows Hello and BitLocker utilize TPM for identity and data protection. 

Key Takeaways

  • TPM 2.0 is vital for running Windows 11 and is primarily used for identity and data protection.
  • Enabling TPM 2.0 involves accessing BIOS/UEFI settings, finding the TPM option in the Security or Advanced section, and enabling it to enhance security.
  • Check whether your PC has TPM 2.0 through the PC Health Check app.

Verify TPM 2.0 Compatibility

To install Windows 11, confirm that your PC has TPM 2.0. You can utilize Microsoft’s PC Health Check tool for compatibility verification. After running the test, the tool will indicate whether your device meets the requirements. For a more detailed evaluation, click See All Results to check if TPM 2.0 is enabled on your PC, as activation may be necessary.

Verify TPM 2.0 status:

  1. Open PC Settings > Update and Security option > Windows Security.
  2. Ensure that you choose Specification 2.0 Version in the Security Processor section. If the number differs, your computer may be incompatible with the latest Windows.

Determine whether TPM 2.0 is available by checking the Microsoft Management Console:

  1. Press Windows + R keys > In the Run box, enter tpm. msc.
  2. The TPM could be inactive on your computer if it displays the warning, Compatible TPM Cannot Be Detected. Otherwise, check the Specification Version in TPM Manufacturer Information. If it is lower than 2.0, the TPM may not work. 
Check TPM Info
Check TPM Status (Image By Tech4Gamers)

How To Activate Through BIOS?

The BIOS contains and manages the crucial PC settings, including the TPM. If you have the right TPM installed, the next step is to activate it in the BIOS.

AMD Motherboards

Follow these steps:

  1. Press F2 or Delete continuously when the computer is booting to access BIOS.
  2. Press F7 to enter Advanced Mode > Click on the drop-down > Choose Settings.
  3. Look for Security > Choose Security Device Support.
  4. Go to AMD fTPM Switch > Change AMD fTPM to [AMD fTPM].

Intel Motherboards

Here are the steps you must follow:

  1. Open BIOS > Press F7 for Advanced Mode.
  2. Enter Settings > Security.
  3. Click on Trusted Computing > Security Device Support > Change the status to Enable.
  4. Finally, head to TPM Device Selection > Enable PTT security.

ASUS Motherboards

Take note of the following steps:

  1. Continue pressing the Delete button while the computer is booting up.
  2. Go to Advanced > PCH-FW > Look for PTT > Select Enable > OK.
  3. Press F10 > Restart the computer.
ASUS Settings
ASUS PTT Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Can I Activate TPM 2.0 In Gigabyte BIOS Auros?

I used the following methods to enable TMP 2.0 Gigabyte BIOS for AMD and Intel motherboards, and they were quick and effective in performing the required task.

AMD Motherboards

Here is what I did:

  1. Restart PC > Press the Delete key > Hold it once the boot screen pops up.
  2. Go to Advanced Mode > Press F2 to activate TPM.
  3. Navigate to Settings > Miscellaneous > Choose AMD CPU FtPM > Save and Exit > Restart your PC.
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Enable Security (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Intel Motherboards

These are the steps you should follow:

  1. Restart your computer > Hold the Delete key until there is a beep.
  2. Hit F2 for Advanced Settings > Navigate to Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT) > Select Enabled > Save the changes and exit.
Intel BIOS Settings
Intel BIOS Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Primary Functions Of TPM

Here is a look at the primary reasons for incorporating TPM:

  • Managing And Storing Passwords
  • Encrypting Hard Disk Partitions
  • Maintaining Platform Integrity

As per my research, enabling TPM 2.0 brings several security perks, as discussed above. Therefore, I recommend making the best use of this feature if it is compatible with your Windows. Remember that different manufacturers have varying terms for the TPM. So, double-check by learning about the specific name used by your CPU’s manufacturer on their official website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Need A TPM?

TPM adds an extra hardware security layer to your system, protecting the data on its chip.

How Do I Know If TPM 2.0 Is Enabled On My Computer?

Use the PC Health Check tool or run tpm.msc in the Run Box.

How Do I Enable TPM 2.0?

You can do it in your motherboard’s BIOS by enabling PTT or AMD fTPM settings.


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