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How to determine if your PC has Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on Windows 10

If you're planning to set up drive encryption on your PC, then you first need to make sure that there's a TPM hardware available, and in this guide, you'll learn how.

Check TPM chip on Windows 10

On Windows 10, a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a piece of hardware, usually (but not always) integrated into the motherboard that offers a secure environment to store and protect the encryption keys when encrypting the hard drive using features like BitLocker.

Although nowadays most computers already come with a TPM version 1.2, 2.0, or higher, it’s not always the case, and in many cases, the chip is available, but disabled in the motherboard’s firmware.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to determine if your computer has a TPM chip to use features like BitLocker on Windows 10.

How to check TPM chip using Manager

Use these steps to verify that your device has a TPM chip with the Trusted Platform Module Manager console:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for tpm.msc and click the top result to open the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management tool.

    Trusted Platform Module Management
    Trusted Platform Module Management

If the device includes a TPM chip, then you’ll see the hardware information and its status. Otherwise, if it reads “Compatible TPM cannot be found,” then the chip is disabled in the BIOS or UEFI, or your computer doesn’t have a compatible Trusted Platform Module.

How to check TPM chip using Settings

Use these steps to confirm if your computer has as hardware TPM chip with the Settings app:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Device encryption.

    Device Encryption on Windows 10 Settings
    Device Encryption on Windows 10 Settings

If the Device encryption option is available, then your device has a hardware TPM chip and you can use BitLocker on your device.

Although you can determine if your computer has a TPM chip by confirming if the Settings app has the “Device encryption” option, this feature is only available if your device has a Trusted Platform Module version 2 chip with support for Modern Standby.

How to check TPM chip using BIOS/UEFI

You may have a Trusted Platform Module, but it could be disabled on your computer. If you want to confirm if your laptop or desktop includes a TPM silicon, depending whether your device is using a Basic Input Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), the steps will be different. (Check your manufacturer support website for more specific details.)

Checking TPM on BIOS

Use these steps if your BIOS-based system includes a TPM hardware chip:

  1. Start your PC.

  2. Click one of the Function keys (F1, F2, F3, F10, or F12), the ESC, or Delete key.

  3. In the Bios, look for security options.

  4. Confirm your device has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip.

If available and disabled, then enable the TPM on your device using the settings available. Otherwise, it’ll not appear on Windows 10.

Checking TPM on UEFI

Use these steps if your UEFI-based system includes a TPM hardware chip:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Recovery.

  4. Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.

    Advanced Startup settings on Windows 10
    Advanced Startup settings on Windows 10
  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

  6. Click on Advanced options.

  7. Click the UEFI Firmware Settings option.

    UEFI option on Advanced Startup settings for Windows 10
    UEFI option on Advanced Startup settings for Windows 10
  8. Click the Restart button.

  9. In the firmware interface, look for security options.

  10. Confirm your device has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip.

If available and disabled, then enable the TPM on your device using the settings available. Otherwise, it’ll not appear on Windows 10.