How to Check and Activate the TPM Chip on Your Windows PC

One of the best features of Windows 11 is that it makes your overall PC experience safe and secure by default. However, to enjoy enhanced protection, you need to have a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) security chip in your PC. If you have no idea about TPM chips, follow our in-depth explainer on what exactly TPM is and why it is essential for Windows 11. In this guide, we will specifically focus on how to check if your Windows PC has a TPM chip. and enable it. Chances are, your computer already comes with this TPM security module. So, without wasting time, let’s jump into the tutorial.

Check and activate the TPM chip on your Windows PC (2021)

If you are facing the This PC cannot run Windows 11 issue along with a TPM error after running the Windows 11 compatibility test, check our guide and check whether your PC comes with a TPM chip or not. We will also explain how to enable TPM chip in Windows 10 in this article.

How to Check if Your PC Has a TPM Chip for Windows 11

Before upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10, I suggest that you check the TPM support on your Windows 10 PC. That way, you can be sure that after signing up for the Windows Insider Program Dev Channel, you will receive the Windows 11 first preview release. Also, if you are running an Intel 4th Gen (2014) or AMD Ryzen 2500 (2017) CPU and higher processor, then most likely your PC comes with a TPM security chip. Here’s how you can confirm this.

  • Method 1: Using TPM Manager

1. Press the Windows keyboard shortcut “Windows + R” to open the Run window on your PC. Here, type tpm.msc and hit enter.

2. A new window will open. Now in “Status“, check whether the TPM chip is available or not. If available, the status will be — “The TPM is ready to use.” Just below you can also find the TPM version.

Check and activate the TPM chip on your Windows PC (2021)

  • Method 2: Using Device Manager

Another way to check if your PC supports the TPM security chip is through Device Manager. It’s a simple two-step process, so follow the instructions below:

1. Press the shortcut “Windows + X” and open “Device Manager“.

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Here, expand the “Security devices” and you will find the TPM along with the version information. For example – my HP laptop has a TPM 2.0 module, but your PC may include the TPM 1.2 module which is also compatible with the next Windows 11 update.

Check and activate the TPM chip on your Windows PC (2021)

Method 3: Using Windows Security

Finally, there is one more way to check for the presence of the TPM module on a Windows PC.

1. Open “Windows Security” using the Windows search bar and go to the “Device Security” tab.

2. Then click Details of the “security processor”, and you will find all the information about the TPM chip in your computer. You will also see if your PC supports TPM 1.2 or TPM 2.0 here.

security processor windows 11 and windows 10

How to enable the TPM chip on your Windows PC

Some laptops won’t let you enable the TPM chip unless you set a “Supervisor” or “Administrator” password in the BIOS settings. So you first need to set the password, only then you can enable the TPM chip. It goes without saying that you need to remember the password otherwise you will not be able to access the BIOS and make firmware level changes in the future. With that said, let’s take a look at the steps to enable the TPM module on your PC:

1. First, you need boot into BIOS or UEFI interface from your computer. You can do this by pressing the boot key continuously while the computer is booting.

Observation: For HP laptops, it is the “Esc” or “F10” key. As for other laptops and desktops, you need to look up your computer’s startup key on the Internet. Also, if you are using a custom desktop, the boot key depends on the motherboard manufacturer. It would be one of these – F12, F9, F10, etc.

Check and activate the TPM chip on your Windows PC (2021)

2. Once in the BIOS/UEFI interface, look for the “TPM” option or trusted platform technology on the “Security” tab. It is also labeled as PTT (Platform Trust Technology) on some Intel based machines. On AMD machines, you can find the “PSP”, “fTPM” or “PTP” option in the BIOS menu.

Observation: If you don’t find the TPM located under Security Settings in your PC’s BIOS interface, look around and go to Advanced Settings. However, make sure it is enabled or available. There may also be TPM state, so go ahead and enable it.

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3. Now, press “F10” and hit enter to save and exit. F10 is usually reserved for “Save and Exit”, but the key may be different for your computer. We suggest you check the BIOS/UEFI footnote.

Activate the TPM chip to install Windows 11 on your PC

So these are the ways to check if your PC has TPM module or not and if not found then you can enable it in BIOS/UEFI menu. I strongly recommend enabling TPM not only to make your PC compatible with Windows 11, but to provide an isolated hardware-based authentication system. This will protect all your passwords and personal information on your PC. If you’d like to take a look at a list of Windows 11 compatible processors that come with the TPM chip, check out our linked article. Anyway, that’s all for us. If you have any questions, comment below and let us know.

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