When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it revealed that PCs would need to support TPM (Trusted Platform Module) in order to upgrade to the new OS. A lot of motherboards support this feature in the BIOS, but finding it can be a tricky task at times. Fortunately in the case of ASUS, new BIOS updates will be rolling out to enable TPM automatically, which should make the upgrade process simpler for a lot of users.
As reported by The Verge, Asus is going to issue BIOS updates to motherboards released as far back as 2017 for Intel and AMD chipsets. This update will automatically enable TPM on Intel and AMD based systems, at which point, installing the Windows 11 preview should be possible, and you'll be prepared for the free upgrade rolling out to Windows 10 users in 2022.
Not every motherboard will get a BIOS update at once, so expect to see a roll out over the next few months. ASUS does have a handy list of Windows 11-ready motherboards available, with links to download the BIOS update. Several models are still “under testing”, so check the list for your motherboard and perhaps check back in again later down the line if your update is not available yet.
Microsoft has not set a release date for Windows 11 yet, but there is chatter around an October launch for fresh installs. Those looking to simply upgrade from Windows 10 and keep their files and settings in place will need to wait until early 2022.
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KitGuru Says: Hopefully we'll see all motherboard makers making it this easy to find the Windows 11-ready BIOS update. Alternatively, you can switch TPM on manually, but in some cases, the feature is renamed to “PTT” or “PSP fTPM”, so be sure to look up instructions from your motherboard vendor.