ASUS has released BIOS updates for more than two hundred motherboard models to automatically enable the built-in TPM 2.0 security process for users to upgrade to Windows 11.
To explain what this means, it is important to give some background on TPMs and why they are required by Windows 11.
The Windows 11 + TPM 2.0 controversy
When Microsoft first announced Windows 11, one of the biggest surprises was the new requirement that computers would need a TPM 2.0 security processor to install or upgrade to the new operating system.
For those unfamiliar with Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), they are a dedicated security processor used to perform hardware-based cryptographic functions, protect encryption keys, and prevent tampering with hardware drivers and software. boot process.
While some motherboards have dedicated slots in which users can install a TPM module, since 2013, Intel and AMD have incorporated firmware TPM technology into many of their CPUs that perform the same functionality as a TPM 2.0 processor.
For Intel processors, the embedded TPM 2.0 is called Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT), and for AMD, it is called AMD Platform Security Processor.
TPM 2.0 processors are now a requirement for Windows 11, as they are used to power many of the security features of the operating system.
“The following Windows features require TPM 2.0: Measured Boot, Device Encryption, WD System Guard, Device Health Attestation, Windows Hello / Hello for Business, TPM Platform Encryption Provider Key Storage, SecureBIO, DRTM, vTPM on Hyper-V, “Microsoft said. BleepingComputer.
After learning about this requirement, many users were angered, as their hardware running Windows 10 smoothly would no longer work with Windows 11.
While a method has been discovered to circumvent the Windows 11 TPM requirement, it will not be an easy task for many.
ASUS BIOS updates automatically enabled TPM 2.0
For supported ASUS motherboard and CPU owners, users can enter a device’s BIOS and enable TPM 2.0 by enabling Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT) or AMD platform security processor settings.
However, for many people, entering the BIOS and making changes can be a confusing process.
To make things easier for ASUS owners, last week ASUS announced that they had launched new BIOS updates for 207 motherboard models that automatically enable the TPM 2.0 processor built into supported CPUs.
To check if your motherboard is compatible, you can refer to this list of ASUS motherboards compatible with Windows 11. If your motherboard is listed, click the download button to download a ZIP file.
To install the new BIOS, simply extract the zip file, run the BIOSRenamer.exe program, and follow the instructions.
While performing the BIOS update, do not turn off or restart your computer until prompted, as it may cause a problem with the operation of your computer.
ASUS states that they continue to test other motherboards for compatibility and will update the list as they finish testing.