PC manufacturers have been offering Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in business computers since 2011. If you bought your PC after 2016, chances are your PC has TPM 2.0. Older PCs may or may not have TPM version 1.2.
Since no TPM was required to install and run Windows 10, most users have never heard of it. If you plan to upgrade your Windows 10 installation to Windows 11 as soon as it’s available, it’s best to make sure your PC has a TPM 2.0.
What is a TPM?
In simple terms, a TPM is a small chip that is usually embedded in the motherboard of computers. It is used to store encryption keys, credentials and confidential data.
Windows offers several ways to check if your PC has TPM. Here are five easy ways to check if your computer has TPM 2.0.
Method 1 of 5
Check if your PC has TPM 2.0 in Windows 10/11
Step 1: In the Start/taskbar search field, type tpm.msc and then press Enter.
If you get an error that says not found, it means that your PC does not have TPM or that TPM is not enabled in BIOS/UEFI.
Step 2: If there is TPM, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) manager will open on the local machine. The TPM Manufacturer Information section provides information about the version of the specification, which is nothing more than the version of the TPM. If your PC has TPM 2.0, it will show the same in the specification version.
Method 2 of 5
Check if your PC has TPM 2.0 via Device Manager
If your PC has TPM and it is not disabled in BIOS/UEFI, Windows Device Manager will display the same. Here’s how to check.
Step 1: Open Device Manager. There are many ways to open the Device Manager. In Windows 10/11, right click on the Start button and then click on Device Manager to open the same.
Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand the Security Devices tree to see the TPM version. The absence of the security devices tree indicates that the TPM is disabled in BIOS/UEFI or is not present.
The TPM version is listed at the end of the post, as you can see in the image below.
Method 3 of 5
Check if your PC has TPM 2.0 using Command Prompt
Step 1: Open the administrator command prompt. You can do this by typing CMD in the search function, right-clicking the command prompt and then clicking the Run as administrator option.
Click the Yes button when you see the message.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, copy and paste the following command followed by the Enter key.
Step 3: The Specification Version field displays the TPM version.
Method 4 of 5
Check if your PC has TPM 2.0 using Windows Security
The Windows security application built into Windows 10 can provide you with information about the TPM. You can use it as follows to find out the version of the TPM.
Step 1: Open the Windows security application using Start/taskbar search.
Step 2: In the left pane, select Device Security.
Step 3: In the Security Processor section, click the Security Processor Details link.
Step 4: In the Specifications section, the Specification Version field displays the version number of the TPM.
Method 5 of 5
Check if your PC has TPM using BIOS/UEFI
Note that this method can only be used to check if your PC has TPM and not the TPM version.
Step 1: Restart your PC and enter BIOS/UEFI. If you’re not sure how to access BIOS/UEFI, check out our guide on how to access BIOS/UEFI in Windows 10/11.
Step 2: In BIOS/UEFI, navigate to the Security tab. You should find TPM, PTT, Intel Platform Trust Technology, Security chip, or fTPM (for AMD) if your PC supports TPM. If none of these options are present, your PC probably did not come with a TPM.
If the TPM is disabled in BIOS/UEFI, you can enable it.
Can I add TPM to my PC?
This is the most frequently asked question since the announcement of Windows 11.
If your PC does not have TPM, but it meets all other hardware requirements (see Windows 11 system requirements) to install Windows 11, consider adding TPM to your computer. Unfortunately, this is only possible if your computer is a desktop computer. That is, laptop users cannot install a TPM card.
Before buying a TPM for your PC, keep in mind that your computer motherboard must have a header for an additional TPM card. Not all motherboards (even modern motherboards) offer a header for adding an extra TPM card. Therefore, it is a good idea to check your PC manual or contact the manufacturer to make sure that your PC motherboard has provision for an additional TPM card. And if your motherboard supports TPM card, you can buy and install it. There are many detailed guides available on the internet.