New BIOS updates will make Windows 11 support less of a pain on custom PCs | GeekComparison

Asus (and others) modify their motherboards to ensure compatibility with Windows 11.
Enlarge / Asus (and others) modify their motherboards to ensure compatibility with Windows 11.


If you’re using an off-the-shelf desktop or laptop PC made in the last three or four years, Windows 11’s sometimes-confusing, sometimes contentious security-focused new system requirements won’t be a problem for you: all of Microsoft’s security features required for the new operating system, should be enabled by default. The change poses a bigger problem for people who build their own computers (or have computers built for them), because features such as the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) are often disabled by default.

Most motherboard manufacturers have already posted lists of boards they expect to meet Windows 11 requirements, and some are going a step further by releasing new BIOS updates that enable the integrated TPMs in Intel and AMD processors by default . While it’s usually not too difficult to manually enable the TPM, each motherboard manufacturer keeps this setting in a different place, and the way the setting is labeled differs depending on whether you’re using an Intel or AMD chip, or which motherboard you’re using. used. am configuring.

Asus takes the most comprehensive approach, with BIOS updates available or “being tested” for the vast majority of Intel and AMD motherboards made in the last three or four years (300, 400, and 500- series chipsets from both Intel and AMD are widely supported and cover most 8th Gen and newer Intel CPUs and all of AMD’s Ryzen processors). But ASRock has also released TPM-compatible BIOS updates for a handful of its newer motherboards, and we expect other motherboard manufacturers to follow in the coming months. We’ve reached out to ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI to see if they have any information to share and will update if they do.

Of course, you don’t need a BIOS update to enable your processor’s TPM module. But it’s nice to know that new motherboards that ship with the latest BIOS version installed will support Windows 11 without any extra work, and these settings Are important when a power failure or configuration change resets your BIOS settings to defaults.

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