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Windows 11 TPM requirement, thoughts?

Started by Mr. Analog, June 28, 2021, 02:37:00 PM

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Mr. Analog

I was surprised to hear about this last week but apparently it's true

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By Grabthar's Hammer

Lazybones

Haven't looked into it much since it is a ways away.

We have been deploying bitlocker in our corporate machines for some time, it is a fairly common feature on moderately current hardware that windows 10 already makes use of.

For home custom built machines it is my understanding that you can get a small add on board to fill the requirement and likely new boards will just have it.

The TPM module is a bit of hardware that securely holds things like encryption keys. Something equivalent has been in every iOS devices since the iPhone 3G.

In windows it allows you to boot and sign in without an additional prompt to also decrypt the drive unlike older software, drive, bios encryption.

Mr. Analog

I just hope by then all my machines will be compatible, 2025 is still a long way off but still...

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By Grabthar's Hammer

Lazybones

Just checked my system (recently replaced my main board last year)

Check your manual for a TPM addon header..

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B550-GAMING-X-rev-10/sp#sp
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2x6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)

This is the addon module
https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GC-TPM20_S#ov

Doing some googling it looks like my specific module costs between $36 and $50 CAD.

I just generally expect new boards to start shipping with it already on the board.

Too my earlier point, nearly all OEM machines sold for business like Dells and Microsoft Surface ETC have already had this hardware for a year or more now.


Mr. Analog

Interesting! I'll have to check it out.

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By Grabthar's Hammer

Mr. Analog

Interesting, Microsoft may be backpedaling on the TPM requirement...

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/microsoft-explains-windows-11-tpm-requirement/

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By Grabthar's Hammer

Melbosa

Yeah the computer I just built in May with a 2021 mobo and 11th gen CPU failed the TPM test but my other alienwares in the house past (desktop and laptop models).  My comp I built in May may just be a bios change... but I haven't had the urge to reboot to check.
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