ASUS is learnt to be working on firmware updates for older motherboards. These motherboards are likely to be updated with firmware that will allow hardware based security for Windows 11 compatibility. The company is working on updating motherboards for Intel processors at this time. A successful update will see more firmware updates being brought out for the AMD processors.
Microsoft’s Windows 11 is relying on hardware based security to ensure better security for the operating system and the end user. Besides the generic requirements of the processors, Microsoft has stated that the compatible systems must have:
- TPM 2.0
- Secure Boot
On most fronts, your computer is likely to be compatible with Windows 11 criteria. It is the TPM 2.0, UEFI and secure boot that has caused more incompatibility that anything else. These features are controllable through the firmware updates and can be enabled through the BIOS settings of the system.
However, older motherboards did not seem to come with options for secure boot. It is learnt that secure boot and UEFI are required by Microsoft to ensure that malwares cannot infect the system through the boot sequence.
ASUS’s purported firmware update is expected to address the secure boot, UEFI and TPM 2.0 compatibility conditions. This may bring a ray of hope for a lot of Intel 7th generation processors that are currently incompatible with Windows 11 because of failed hardware security compatibility. We hope that Intel will work on pushing a new firmware update for its motherboards to ensure that the basic security functionality such as the TPM 2.0, UEFI and secure boot for Intel processors and motherboards.
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