With Windows 11 just introduced to the company, now comes the controversy. On the minimum system requirements to switch to the new Microsoft operating system two important new features are coming: TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot (Secure Boot, in English). The problem here is that many computers do not have these options, mainly from 2015, and in more modern ones they are disabled.
In fact, it is common for the TPM option on part-mounted computers to be disabled by the motherboard manufacturer. The solution is to enter the BIOS and enable this feature. So, in a few minutes, we’ll see how PC Health Check goes from rejecting the update to Windows 11 to indicating that our equipment is fully compatible.
As we said, Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 to update. Therefore, before we go into the BIOS and do anything, we will check if the TPM chip is enabled (this is common in laptops) to see if the version is compatible.
Here we have to look at the bottom, where the version of the spec is indicated. If we see version 2.0, our computer should be compatible with Windows 11 in this section. If PC Health Check continues to indicate that we cannot update, we will need to look for other causes, which are likely related to the graphics driver from the computer manufacturer.
To enable TPM 2.0 by firmware, as is usually the case on desktops, we will need to access the BIOS. To do this, you must press the corresponding key when starting the equipment. Usually this is F2, F8, F12, or Esc, although we can confirm this in the manufacturer’s or motherboard manual.
If Windows 10 is installed by UEFI, we can access the BIOS from the Settings app. Concretely, we will have to go to Update and security> Recovery. Here, click on “Restart now” in the “Advanced startup” section.
The computer will restart and a menu with a blue background will appear. On the first screen, click on “Troubleshoot” then on “Advanced options”. Finally, we click on “UEFI Firmware Configuration”. Finally, we confirm the restart and the computer will go directly into the BIOS.
The next steps will depend on the manufacturer, although they are generally similar on all motherboards. In this case, we will detail the process for MSI cards with ClickBIOS.
Secure Boot is also a prerequisite for upgrading to Windows 11. Likewise, it is also usually disabled by default on desktop computers. To activate it, we will follow the following steps from the BIOS.
It is important that you check what we have indicated in step 3, because UEFI is an essential requirement for installing Windows 11. In case “Legacy” or “CSM” appears, we must keep in mind that we will need to change it and reinstall our copy of Windows 10 or perform a clean install of Windows 11 after the install ISO image is released.
Finally, we save the changes made from the “Save and Exit” section by clicking on the “Save changes and restart” option. If we now reopen the PC Health Check application, we will see that the equipment is compatible with Windows 11.