Asus releases Windows 11-ready BIOS updates with automatic TPM support

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Asus is making a range of its motherboards ready for Windows 11. The motherboard manufacturer has released BIOS updates for a variety of chipsets, including ones that support Intel Kaby Lake processors from 2017. Both Intel and AMD chipsets are supported, and these new BIOS updates will even automatically enable TPM (Trusted Platform Module) on AMD and Intel systems.

A TPM is a minimum requirement for Windows 11, and it’s a change that caused some confusion after many realized their PCs didn’t have the option enabled in the BIOS, or it was confusingly named “PTT” or “PSP fTPM” in BIOS settings. Microsoft’s Windows 11 upgrade checker didn’t ease that confusion initially, so it’s encouraging to see big manufacturers like Asus now enabling TPM by default so people don’t have to dig around.

While Asus is planning to support a wide range of motherboards for Windows 11, not every BIOS update is available just yet. Neowin has spotted a full list of Asus motherboards that are compatible with Windows 11, so you’ll need to check to see if your system has an update waiting for it.

If you purchased a pre-built PC and you’re not sure of the exact motherboard inside, you should be able to find the model number listed when you navigate to Start > Run > msinfo32 in Windows 10.

Asus isn’t alone in its motherboard support for Windows 11. Gigabyte, Asrock, Biostar, and MSI have all released lists of supported systems that will work with Windows 11. It’s still not clear exactly when Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 users. Microsoft has only officially said this holiday, but the software maker keeps hinting at an October release date.

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This "Windows 11 ready" sticker really brings back the awful memory of transitioning from XP to Vista. The need for "Vista ready" hardwares at the time highlighted just how terrible that OS’s compatibly issues were.
Just for the marketing sake, couldn’t they come up with something else? Like made for Windows 11?

shudder I remember that god awful sticker for Vista.

I would say just a simple "Windows 11" sticker is good enough. Less is more. Though I think manufacturers prefer the "ready for…" sticker so they can dupe customers into buying the latest hardware.

Oh fuck, PTSD stuff.

Any word on their laptops? Mine is only a year and change old, so maybe it’s already on by default, but it’s not something most people would think about otherwise.

Windows certified devices have required TPM 2.0 present and enabled since mid 2016.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/minimum-hardware-requirements-overview

Or to quote the Arch Linux wiki:

A TPM 2.0 chip has been a requirement for computers certified to run Windows 10 since 2016-07-28. Linux has support for TPM 2.0 since version 3.20 and should not require any other steps to be enabled on a default Arch install.

Try WhyNotWin11 https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11/releases It tells you if windows 11 is supported on your laptop and if not the proper reasoning for it unlike microsoft. Lucky that my laptop is fairly new and supports win 11 without any issues.

Oddly enough, my motherboard, an X570-Plus, isn’t on the list but I was still able to turn on firmware TPM in the BIOS settings. It even passed the Windows 11 checker from Microsoft.

Yeah, the BIOS update just enables it by default and makes it easier to find in BIOS settings.

I have a ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming mobo running Windows 11 via the insider program and there indeed was a new BIOS version just put out. It does TWO things, it automatically enables firmware TPM in the PCH-FW config AND it adds a Trusted Computing config with several more choices and information about TPM and its ilk.

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