Windows 11 was announced on June 24, 2021, and it will be made available to all users on October 5, 2021.
On the day of the announcement, people had mixed feeling about Windows 11. Some people were very excited and loved it and wanted to get the update until they checked the system requirements for it on the Microsoft website.
This time around, Microsoft has made it compulsory for your PC to have a TPM chip and secure boot enabled to be able to get your hands on the latest and greatest build of Windows. The plot twist being that only the newer Intel CPUs starting from the 8th Gen models and a few 7th Gen models will be supported by Windows 11 because of guess what, TPM. But what is TPM and Secure Boot? How to check if your PC has it?
What is TPM & does your PC have it?
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a chip on the motherboard or embedded inside the processor which generates and stores cryptographic keys which are used for protecting important data and credentials. This may be used by Windows utilities such as Bitlocker which is a utility that is used to encrypt the data on your device.
If you have any Intel CPUs released after 2017 then you are in luck and you might already have it enabled. If not, it can be added to your PC’s motherboard by using an external TPM chip. But, on the AMD side of things, the CPUs will receive a BIOS update to enable TPM. But how to check if your PC has has TPM?
- Press the windows button + R and then type tpm.msc and press enter
- This leads to the TPM Management window. Check if it says the “TPM is ready for use” and the “specification version says 2.0“.
- If not, you need to enable it in the BIOS (press F10, F12, or Delete during boot-up to open BIOS) by going under security and enabling tpm.
What is secure boot & how to enable it?
Secure Boot is a security feature found in the startup software of your computer that’s designed to ensure that your computer starts safely and securely by preventing unauthorized software like malware from taking control of your PC at boot-up. But how to enable it?
- Press the Windows button + R again and then type “msinfo32” and press Enter.
- This leads to the system information window. Check if it says that the Secure Boot state says on.
- if not you need to enable it under system configuration in the BIOS (press F10, F12, or Delete during boot-up to open BIOS). Use left/right arrow keys to navigate through the menus, use up/down arrow keys to select items, change the value of the secure boot to enable by using f5/f6 and finally press f10 to save and exit to boot up the PC.
- Finally in the PC health checkup app, click check now and it should say “this PC can run Windows 11” you can download the PC health checkup app from over here
Now your PC is officially ready for Windows 11 before it drops on October 5th, 2021.
Apart from the recommendations made by Microsoft, we also recommend using an SSD over an HDD and having at least 8GB RAM instead of the recommended 4GB RAM if you want to run anything more than productivity apps such as Microsoft Word to the get most out of Windows 11.