Asus Deploys BIOS Updates To Alleviate Likely Windows 11 Upgrade Headaches
In anticipation of the imminent release of Windows 11, Asus is offering a motherboard firmware update to facilitate a hassle-free upgrade to Microsoft’s next operating system. New BIOS files do this by enabling support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.
TPM 2.0 is a key requirement of Windows 11, and one of the reasons people initially encountered issues with Microsoft’s PC Health Check app before it was taken offline. The app was designed to scan systems for potential compatibility issues. If all went well, you knew your PC was ready for Windows 11.
Microsoft ended up removing the app because it wasn’t “quite ready to share the level of detail or precision you’d expect from us on why a Windows 10 PC doesn’t meet upgrade requirements. level”. I strongly suspect this was to prevent people from panicking after failing the compatibility check due to a simple switch in BIOS: TPM 2.0.
I first encountered this myself on my main system with an Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard based on Intel’s Z590 chipset. This is a newer platform, but since TPM is usually disabled by default, as it was in my case, the application returned a message saying, “This PC cannot run Windows 11 When he actually could. I just needed to enable TPM support in BIOS first.
Here’s the problem: On the vast majority of modern systems, TPM is built into the processor. It can also be present as an actual chip on the motherboard. Either way, its job is to add a layer of protection by generating and storing encryption keys, and authenticating certain interactions.
Microsoft has decided to require this additional layer of security to run Windows 11. However, on most consumer platforms, it is not enabled by default. Adding to the confusion, it may be labeled otherwise in the BIOS: PTT (Platform Trust Technology) on Intel boards and PSP (Platform Security Processor) and / or fTPM (Firmware Trusted Platform Module) on AMD hardware.
This brings us back to Asus and its latest round of BIOS updates. Asus is busy updating firmware on a multitude of motherboards which, when applied, automatically activate TPM 2.0 without any user interaction. So, for example, if you have a TUF Gaming X570-Plus (AMD) or Prime Z590-P (Intel) motherboard, all you need to do is apply the latest BIOS update and you are good to go. less with regard to the TPM 2.0 requirement.
Asus is in the process of releasing updated firmware for dozens of AMD and Intel chipsets covering hundreds of motherboard models. Many of them are already available, while several more are currently being tested. If you have an Asus motherboard, go to its Windows 11 BIOS microsite and search for your model to see if a new BIOS is available.
You can also enable TPM 2.0 yourself without updating the BIOS. You might want to go this route if the latest BIOS doesn’t add anything else to the mix (you can check the release notes). Updating the BIOS is generally safe and easy these days, but things can still go wrong (like a power outage in the middle of an update), and you might have a bunch of custom settings to reenter.
On Asus Intel motherboards, the setting can be found by navigating to Advanced> PCH-FW Configuration> PTT and selecting Enable from the drop-down menu. On AMD motherboards, go to Advanced> AMD fTPM configuration and select Firmware TPM from the drop-down menu.