Microsoft backpedals, explains controversial Windows 11 TPM requirement

Filed in Technology by on June 29, 2021

The TPM 2.0 requirement in Windows 11 has caused a lot of misunderstanding in recent days. Because this hardware encryption module isn’t present on every computer, Microsoft’s Windows 11 PC Health Check application, which tests for compatibility, fails a lot of them. Microsoft has provided an explanation, and even hinted that the restriction may be reconsidered, now that the first Windows 11 preview build is available through the Insider Program.

Microsoft noted the uncertainty with the PC Health Check app and minimal system requirements in a blog post releasing the first Insider preview for Windows 11. As a result, Microsoft has put the PC Health Check app on hold until its “teams can address the feedback.” The TPM requirement, on the other hand, is still listed on the minimum system specs page.

When TPM-enabled technologies like Windows Hello and BitLocker encryption are utilized on supported devices, Microsoft has seen a 60 percent drop in malware, according to the post. It also claimed that devices employing the new Windows driver model may deliver a crash-free experience of 99.8% of the time.

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Microsoft, on the other hand, is now fully acknowledging the TPM need issue rather than avoiding it. Microsoft updated the PC Health Check app over the weekend to add more information and remove the “hard floor” and “soft floor” TPM requirements from the minimum system requirements.

The initial misunderstanding arose almost immediately after the release of Windows 11, when PC manufacturers discovered that their high-end PCs might not be able to run Windows 11. TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, is a chip that conducts hardware-level encryption in Windows and was the source of the compatibility issues.

The decision to eliminate the PC Health Check software and clarify the system requirements stemmed from Microsoft’s desire to “improve security, dependability, and compatibility” in Windows 11. For certified manufacturers, the company is providing exceptions to the TPM requirement, though we’re still not sure how it will handle TPM when Windows 11 launches later this year.

Microsoft also clarified the Windows 11 minimum CPU requirements, implying that the need for newer processors is still being evaluated. Anything older than an 8th-generation Intel or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor isn’t supported right now. Microsoft, on the other hand, says it will continue to test devices with these processors through Windows Insider versions and wants Windows Insiders to be able to install Windows 11 on 7th-gen CPUs “to provide us more data regarding performance and security.” These requirements are clearly in change, and we’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft decides.

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