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Microsoft frustrated and confused many people when it said that for people to get Windows 11 on their machines, they would need to have support for TPM 2.0. The reason was, it would improve the general security of the latest Windows iteration.

The problem is that even the somewhat modern and powerful machines do not have support for TPM 2.0. That means only computers from the very recent past (a couple of years or so) officially meet the requirements to run Windows 11.

There has been a change in the atmosphere, as Redmond revealed how to upgrade existing Windows 10 machines to Windows 11 without meeting these minimum requirements.

An interesting turn of events

On this support page are instructions telling you how to upgrade to Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 support. You will still need support for TPM 1.2 though, which covers more chips going back years.

You will have to make sure that you have TPM 1.2 turned on, which covers more chips going back several years.

Users will also have to turn on TPM 1.2 in their BIOS. The easiest way to check if yours is already turned on is to press Win+r and then type tpm.msc and make sure that it is on.

You can take it from here

At the bottom right-hand corner, you will be able to see which version of TPM you have. If it isn’t on, you will have to foray into the BIOS and deal with that.

It is also important to check the motherboard and ensure it has a BIOS update since manufacturers have been updating their BIOS(es) to make the information easy to find.

Assuming you meet the other hardware requirements, the process described on the support page should work for you. However, since this OS is so new, don’t risk it if you don’t need to. It works better for gaming and all, but bugs could arise.