The official presentation of Windows 11 left many people interested in making the leap to the new operating system and at the same time wondering if their current computer will be enough or will have to be updated. Good news: it is not that difficult to know if a computer is compatible with the new operating system.
And is that Microsoft has released a small tool that allows to know in a few seconds if the computer they use is compatible. It is an application that analyzes the components of the computer and, based on the information gathered, indicates in a few seconds whether the upgrade to Windows 11 is possible or not.
In general, the requirements of Windows 11 are not very high: you need a processor with at least two cores at 1 GHz or higher, 4 GB of RAM and a minimum of 64 GB of storage. The screen must be at least 1280 x 720 pixels, the video card must be compatible with DirectX 12 and also, the Home version of Windows 11 requires an internet connection during installation and a Microsoft account.
But in addition to the above, there is another specification that is causing relatively new computers to not be compatible with Windows 11 according to the analysis application: it is the Secure Platform Module 2.0, or TPM for its acronym in English.
The TPM is a security technology based on a physical chip to encrypt information or access to computer data. Modern motherboards (from 2016 onwards) include TPM support, either because they come with the hardware out of the box or because they come with the necessary slot to connect a TPM chip directly.
In the case of Windows 11, it is a requirement that the hardware – in this case, the motherboard – be compatible with TPM. However, if this option is disabled from the BIOS, the tool will not detect it and, therefore, it will say that the computer is not compatible with Windows 11. This can also be checked from Windows 10, launching “Run” (pressing the Windows key and R at the same time) and typing tmp.msc in the command field.
If the TPM is present on the board but disabled, it is best to search the motherboard manufacturer’s support for the method of entering the BIOS and enabling it from there. Whatever the case, TPM is an advanced security system and it is not for nothing that Microsoft is aiming for Windows 11 to be one of the most secure operating systems they have ever made.