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What is a TPM? And here’s why you need it for Windows 11

It was only after Microsoft had finished its Windows 11 unveil earlier this summer that the company released system requirements for its software update. And buried underneath RAM recommendations and recommended gigahertz (GHz), was a curious acronym: TPM. 

Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, is a secure cryptoprocessor that secures a computer via an integrated cryptographic key. But in more basic terms, it’s like a security alarm for your computer to prevent hackers or malware from accessing data. And it will be necessary for Windows 11, which arrives this week. (Check our our Windows 11 review for our impressions of this software update.) 

Unfortunately, it seems that some older hardware will be excluded from the Windows 11 update. Microsoft confirmed as much, saying that while the situation “sucks,” it’s to ensure a more secure Windows experience moving forward.

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