With Windows 11’s release being just a couple of months away, Asus has started rolling out new BIOS updates that will automatically enable TPM support on recent PCs with Intel and AMD CPUs (via Neowin). The company had previously released a list of boards that come with the required TPM 2.0 chips for installing Windows 11, but these chips often come disabled on PC and these new BIOS updates should address that.
The minimum requirements of Windows 11 have been a source of controversy since the beginning with Microsoft dropping support for many recent CPUs from Intel and AMD. Microsoft also made TPM 2.0 security chips and a UEFI, Secure Boot capable mandatory for installing Windows 11, but the company can’t really require Windows 10 users to go mess with UEFI settings to benefit from a free Windows 11 upgrade.
It’s a good thing that Asus is doing its part by making its motherboards ready for Windows 11, and the company even released BIOS updates for chipsets that support Intel’s 7th gen Kaby Lake CPUs from 2017, which aren’t currently supported for Windows 11. It will be interesting to see if other manufacturers will follow Asus’ footsteps, but it’s great to see the company do its part while Microsoft still has some work to do to explain its minimum requirements for Windows 11.
The Redmond giant surprised many when it said that Windows 11 would require 8th gen Intel Core CPUs or newer, though the company later said that it was doing some testing “to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles.” We’ll see if the company will eventually soften its minimum requirements for Windows 11, but in the meantime, we invite you to get prepared by reading our guide for enabling Secure Boot and TPM on your Windows 10 PC.