October 4, 2023

Microsoft has posted the specific requirements for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip that will be needed to install Windows 11, indicating that TPM 2.0 is recommended but not a firm requirement for running the operating system.TPM 2.0 is ideal, that exact version is not actually required, according to Microsoft documentation on Windows 11 compatibility.

TPM 2.0 is ideal, that exact version is not actually required,As long as a PC has at least TPM 1.2, it will meet the minimum security requirements for Windows 11, Microsoft said. TPM 1.2 is the “hard floor” for installing Windows 11.

Devices that do not meet the hard floor cannot be upgraded to Windows 11, and devices that meet the soft floor will receive a notification that upgrade is not advised.

The TPM chip requirement gives a boost to a zero trust security approach.The move is timely, given that businesses have gone from having a single office and network to having thousands of individual offices (WFH)

Security is so much more important now since you don’t have that single office control that we used to have. Hardening endpoints is probably the single most important thing that IT providers should focus on.

In addition to the TPM requirement, security capabilities such as hardware based isolation, secure boot and hypervisor code integrity will be turned on in Windows 11 by default, as protection against malware and sophisticated attacks.

Microsoft also released minimum requirements for Intel, AMD and Qualcomm processors needed to run Windows 11.

For Intel Core chips, support for Windows 11 starts at the eighth-generation line, meaning that PCs with seventh-gen Intel Core chips and older would not be compatible with Windows 11, based on Microsoft’s disclosure.

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