Microsoft CEO: Higher System Requirements Windows 11 Make System Much More Secure

New requirements, but still TPM 2.0

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 at the end of June. Not much later it was announced that the system requirements have become much heavier, but two days later it was announced that this had been slightly reversed. It was still very unclear what exactly the motivations for the turnaround were, but TechRepublic spoke to Microsoft head of enterprise and OS security, David Weston, to clarify the matter.

The main reason seems to be safety. Microsoft initially required the use of rpm 2.0, but a day later it turned out that rpm 1.2 is also sufficient. Another day later, Microsoft has the requirements re-adjusted, rpm 2.0 is again a hard requirement as far as we know. Tpm is responsible for various functions, such as:

  • BitLocker;
  • Storing other security keys and passwords for Windows Hello and Credential Guard;
  • Make brute-force attacks more difficult;
  • Virtual smart cards directing;
  • Form a hardware root of trust for the Secure Boot and Measured Boot functionality;
  • Make Windows Autopilot safe enough.

“Without a RPM, you don’t have enough layers of security, which adds extra security,” Weston explains. After the announcement of the system requirements, the prices of individual RPM modules skyrocketed, indicating that many systems did not have active RPM and that users are only now actively considering this. In addition, Microsoft is going to increase the security requirements for Windows Server 2022, for this tpm 2.0 will be a requirement. The news is therefore a clear wake-up call for administrators who can further increase their security measures.


A separate rpm 2.0 module. Many modern motherboard chipsets have an integrated version, and software versions also exist.

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Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.

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