Gigabyte Motherboard – See How to Enable TPM 2.0 to Install Windows 11

Process to activate the mandatory option in the motherboard BIOS is not complicated

This article shows you how to enable the RPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) in a motherboard BIOS Gigabyte, requirement to install the Windows 11. By default, motherboards with AMD or Intel chipsets released before the arrival of Windows 11 have TPM 2.0 disabled, regardless of model and manufacturer, it is necessary to enter the BIOS and activate the option to follow the normal system installation process.

On most boards TPM 2.0 must still be manually enabled within the BIOS

Microsoft explains why TPM chips are required for Windows 11

Manufacturers are updating your BIOS for motherboards compatible with Windows 11. In new versions this TPM 2.0 is already defined as active by default, but again, it will be necessary to update the BIOS.

The official release of Windows 11 takes place on October 5, 2021.

See also how to enable TPM on boards from other manufacturers:
– ASUS [BREVE]
– ASRock [BREVE]
– MSI [BREVE]


Windows alerts

A Windows installation is usually done in two ways: updating your current Windows to the new version from within the installed Windows itself, either by using the Windows update tool or by clicking on the installation file of the new version; or doing a “clean” and fresh installation of the system on a new SSD or HD drive that has no system (or on one that will be formatted to receive the new Windows 11 erasing everything on the drive that will be used).

In the two cases mentioned above, the incompatible system warning is shown to the user. When this warning is shown on the screen, if the user is inside Windows, he will be directed to a Microsoft website to download a tool that indicates whether the hardware is compatible or not.

Windows 11 Hardware Compatibility Check Tool

Windows warning screens

Below the screens of the two cases, the warning screens that Windows 10 can show inside Windows Update (below we put two different screens), as well as the screen that is shown when trying to do a clean installation.


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Warnings displayed within Windows:
– This computer does not meet the requirements of Windows 11 at this time.
– TPM 2.0 must be supported and enabled on this computer.
– This computer must support secure boot.
– This computer will not run Windows 11.
– Currently, this PC does not meet all system requirements for Windows 11 (Get the details and see if there are things you can do in the PC Health Check application).


Screens that appear when updating from within Windows 10


Screen that appears on a clean install

As the idea is to solve the problem, so let’s now show where the option (or options depending on the manufacturer) is inside the BIOS to enable TPM 2.0.


Enabling TPM 2.0 in BIOS

It is worth noting that the company did not follow a pattern, that is, the option changes its name and location depending on the motherboard. If it’s AMD it’s in one place, if it’s Intel in another, even with slightly different option names.

Always after enabling the option you must use F10 to save and exit BIOS

Gigabyte Motherboards for AMD Processors

We started with AMD boards, and from the beginning I emphasize that in the case of AORUS models we tested two models and the places where the TPM is activated are different. Even the initial menu changes, which makes no sense and only complicates the user’s life.

Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 [BIOS download]


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This motherboard, launched in early 2017, is the top-of-the-line model from Gigabyte with the first generation of chipsets compatible with AMD AM4 socket. We kept a September 2017 BIOS for testing, and it already had the TPM option. We then updated to the last available BIOS released in July 2020, and the option remained exactly the same, with no relocation.

Some manufacturers had reported that first-generation Ryzen board models could go unsupported, but at least on this model, support is present.

  • On the main screen click “Classic” at the top of the screen to go to advanced mode.
  • Then click on that sequence according to the images below: PERIPHERALS > AMD CPU fTPU > ENABLE.
  • Once that’s done, send save and exit the BIOS using the key F10 or by clicking on Save & Exit >¬†Save & Exit Setup > YES

Gigabyte B450 AORUS M [BIOS download]

We start with the model with the B450 chipset, compatible with the entire line of Ryzen processors, from the first to the last generation, as long as using the latest BIOS.

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  • On the main screen press the key F2 to go to advanced mode.
  • Then click on that sequence according to the images below: PERIPHERALS > AMD CPU fTPU > ENABLE.
  • Once that’s done, send save and exit the BIOS.

Gigabyte X570 AORUS XTREME [BIOS download]

Another board, another AMD AM4 socket, and here we have the first case of a change of location in the interface, even both boards compatible with the same CPUs. On this X570 the option is SETTINGS > MISCELLANEOUS > AMD CPU fTPM as shown in the sequence of images below.

Gigabyte Motherboards for Intel processors

When it comes to Intel motherboards, we tested it on two Z590 models, but from very different lines.

Gigabyte Z590 AORUS XTREME [BIOS download]

We started with a board from the Z590 AORUS line.

  • Like the others, we start by going to advanced mode using the F2 key.

  • Once this is done, this sequence is also detailed in the images below: SETTINGS > MISCELLANEOUS > INTEL PLATFORM TRUST TECHNOLOGY (PTT) > ENABLE.

  • Finally, just press the F10 key to save and exit the BIOS.

Gigabyte Z590 VISION G [BIOS download]

Another Z590 board, which in practice only changes colors and small details on the interface, otherwise, the same as the previous one.

  • We start by going to advanced mode using the F2 key.

  • Then follow with the following detailed sequence in the images below: SETTINGS > MISCELLANEOUS > INTEL PLATFORM TRUST TECHNOLOGY (PTT) > ENABLE.

  • Once this is done, just press the F10 key to save and exit the BIOS.


Installing Windows

If you still don’t know how to generate a pendrive to install Windows 11, we have an article that shows how to make the pendrive enabling a “clean” installation of the new Microsoft system, on a computer that has no operating system.

Creating Windows 11 installation USB flash drive

We also show you how to install Windows 11 on an external drive, creating a portable Windows that can be used wherever you want, just a USB connection.


Doubts and clarifications

Quick questions and answers about some situations:

  • You can activate TPM 2.0 independently of installing Windows 11, this option does not compromise the functioning of the current version of Windows that you have installed in the system.
  • It is possible to install Windows on a computer with TPM 2.0 enabled, then take the drive (SSD or HD) where it was installed and put it on a system with TPM 2.0 disabled and the system will work. Applications that have this option as mandatory may not work.
  • TPM 2.0 can be implemented either by software (motherboard BIOS), or by hardware (through a dedicated chip on boards with this support). To find out if your hardware is compatible, we recommend running the hardware validation tool, and if there is compatibility, do the activation process in the motherboard or notebook BIOS.
  • There is a difference in the BIOS interface even on boards from the same manufacturer. The option to enable TPM 2.0 can change a lot of location, it will not be uncommon for an AMD motherboard interface to be in a different location and with different names than on an Intel motherboard, and even in different locations of compatible boards with the same processors, eg AMD B450 and AMD X570 chipset board.

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