As we mentioned in June, you most likely already have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in your computer or BIOS, which is incorporated into the motherboard of your desktop or laptop computer or the CPU. (If you don’t have access to one, there are workarounds, but let’s assume for the moment that you do.)
You may easily determine whether or not Windows will recognize your TPM by using either the aforementioned PC Health Check application or by pressing Win + R, typing tpm.msc into the window that displays, and pressing enter to see what type of TPM might be there and whether or not it is “ready for usage.”
If it isn’t, don’t give up hope just yet! Your BIOS may have just disabled it, and you’ll have to seek for it to find out what happened.
When you’re in the BIOS, the TPM setting can be found under a variety of different names. For example, my desktop motherboard referred to it as “Intel PTT” (Platform Trust Technology), but it might also be an “AMD PSP fTPM” or just a “Security Device”. Alternatively, Microsoft suggests looking for a sub-menu labeled “Advanced,” “Security,” or “Trusted Computing” if there isn’t an apparent place to look.
Oh, and depending on your BIOS, you may need to navigate about with the arrow keys on your keyboard, and you may even need to use the PG UP / PG DOWN buttons to toggle things on and off once in a while. Sorry if you already know this, but it’s no longer safe to make assumptions.)
Have you grasped the concept? Great! However, you should not exit the BIOS just yet.
Even if you only have a TPM 1.2 module and not a TPM 2.0 module, you are not out of options: “If you recognize and understand the risks,” Microsoft will allow you to edit a registry entry in Windows to allow for upgrades. If this is the case, click Start, enter regedit, search for “HKEY LOCAL MACHINESYSTEMSetupMoSetup”, locate the AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU key, and adjust its value to 1.