When it comes to hardware on a PC, users tend to look at specifications like RAM, CPU, GPU, the motherboard model and, if you’re looking at hard drives instead of solid state drives, its speed and capacity. One tiny hardware component that you may not be aware of is the Trusted Platform Module chip or the TPM chip. It’s not going to make your PC faster, or boost any performance benchmark. The device basically makes your system more secure and is often advertised for business-use machines. Here’s how you can check if you have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on your PC.
Check for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip
To check if you have the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on your system, open the run box with the Win+R keyboard shortcut. In the run box, enter the following;
Tap enter and it will open the Trusted Platform Module Management app. Under the ‘Status’ section, check if TPM is ready for use. If the status section says that there is no TPM chip on your system, it is possible that is has been disabled from BIOS.
Restart your system and access the BIOS or UEFI. Since they differ from system to system, it’s not possible to guide you to the exact place you should check for the TPM chip setting. That said, look for anything related to security. If you don’t have a security tab, look for a hardware related tab, or something to do with encryption.
Once you find it, look for Trusted Platform Module and enable it. If you can’t find it, even after searching for it in areas where it doesn’t necessarily belong, it’s possible that you don’t have the chip. Most recent laptop models are highly likely to have it however, not all do. Check the specifications for your laptop model. If it has a Trusted Platform Module chip, it will definitely be mentioned there.
No TPM chip
In the event that your system doesn’t have the TPM chip, you still have the option to install one yourself. Installing a TPM chip isn’t as simple as buying and connecting a Bluetooth dongle to your system. Your motherboard must support it and a newer laptop or PC model’s motherboard is likely to do so. Once you know it’s supported, you can buy the chip. You can install it yourself but if you’ve never tinkered with hardware before, have a professional do it for you.