Can’t find TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot options in BIOS

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When you’re setting up your computer to use the latest software and games, you might run into a problem where the program asks for TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. These aren’t just for keeping your computer safe; they’re becoming must-haves for certain apps and games. But sometimes, you can’t find these options in your BIOS or UEFI, which can be really confusing when you’re trying to get everything set up right. We’ll talk about why you might not see TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot in your BIOS settings and what you can do to fix this.

Also see: How to Enable TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot on ASRock

Can't find TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot options in BIOS UEFI

What are TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot?

First off, let’s get what TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot are and why they matter out of the way.

TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module): This is a special security feature that holds encryption keys and helps with secure starting up, disk encryption, and more. It’s really important for keeping your system safe, especially if you’re running newer software that needs better security.

Secure Boot: This is a part of the UEFI system that makes sure your computer starts up with software that the maker trusts. It helps keep bad software from messing up your computer when it starts up, which is great for keeping your computer safe from various threats.

Valorant requires TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot
TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot aren’t just for protecting your computer; they’re needed for some of the latest software and games. Having these features means your system is up to date with security needs, which is why they’re important to have in your BIOS.

Learn more: Enabling TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot on Gigabyte Mobo

Motherboard doesn’t support TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot

One big reason you might not find TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot in your BIOS is because of your motherboard. Here’s the scoop:

Older motherboards

If your motherboard is on the older side, it might not have TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot. These features are more common in newer models. If you’re not sure, check out your motherboard’s website or the user manual to see if it’s supported.

Old motherboard

External TPM modules

For some older motherboards that don’t come with TPM built-in, you can add an external TPM module if your motherboard and firmware let you.

External TPM 2.0 modules header

In short, if your motherboard is older, it might not have TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot. You might need to get a new motherboard or see if you can add an external TPM module, depending on what you have and need.

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Different names for TPM and Secure Boot in BIOS

Another reason you might not spot TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot in your BIOS is because they’re listed under different names. This depends on your motherboard’s maker and the BIOS version. Keep an eye out for:

TPM 2.0 alternatives

  • On Intel motherboards, you might see TPM called PTT (Platform Trust Technology).
  • AMD boards might call it AMD fTPM (firmware TPM) or PSP TPM.

Intel PTT TPM 2.0 on Asus motherboard

Since these settings could be hidden in different places, make sure to look everywhere in your BIOS. Check under sections like “Security”, “Advanced”, or “Boot”.

Consulting the manual

If BIOS terms are tricky, your motherboard’s manual is the best place to look. It tells you exactly what terms are used and where you can find these options in the BIOS. If you don’t have the manual, you can usually find it online on the manufacturer’s website.

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Conditions for displaying Secure Boot option in BIOS

Secure Boot might be hidden in your BIOS because of certain conditions that need to be met. Here’s what might be going on:

Disabling CSM (Compatibility Support Module)

On some motherboards, like those from Gigabyte, you need to turn off ‘CSM Support’ to see or change the Secure Boot option. CSM is for older systems and can hide Secure Boot when it’s on.

Disable CSM Support on Gigabyte motherboard

Legacy to UEFI mode switch

You might need to switch from Legacy BIOS mode to UEFI mode to use Secure Boot. This setting is usually under ‘Boot’ or ‘Storage’.

Change BIOS from Legacy to UEFI

Operating system type selection

In some BIOS setups, you need to say which operating system type you’re using (like ‘Windows UEFI mode’) to get to the Secure Boot options.

Setting an admin password

Some systems ask you to set an Administrator password in the BIOS to unlock extra features, including Secure Boot.

Clearing Secure Boot keys

You might need to clear out old Secure Boot keys before you can turn on or set up Secure Boot on some motherboards.

Disabling fast boot

The “Fast Boot” feature might have to be turned off to see all the BIOS options, including Secure Boot.

These steps can be different depending on your motherboard and BIOS version. If you’re not sure, check the manual or the manufacturer’s website for help that’s specific to your motherboard. This is important to make sure your BIOS is set up right for modern software and systems.

Updating BIOS/UEFI firmware version for TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot support

If your motherboard should support TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot but you can’t see these options, your BIOS/UEFI firmware might be out of date. Look on the manufacturer’s website for updates. New BIOS versions can make your hardware work better and support new features like TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot.

When you see a new BIOS version that says it supports TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot, it’s a good idea to update. But be careful—updating your BIOS the wrong way can mess up your motherboard, making your computer unusable.

TPM 2.0 Secure Boot BIOS Firmware update

Updating your BIOS can unlock important features and make your system more stable, but you have to do it carefully. If you’re not sure how, it might be better to get help from someone who knows how to do it safely.

A brief guide to enabling TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot

Here’s a simple way to turn on TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot on most motherboards:

Enabling TPM 2.0:

  1. Get into your BIOS settings when you start your computer, by pressing a key like Del, F2, or F12.
  2. Go to the security settings. The exact place and name can be different, so check your motherboard’s manual if you need to.
  3. Find the TPM option, which might be called something like Intel PTT (Intel) or AMD fTPM (AMD).
  4. Turn on the TPM setting and save your changes.How to enable TPM 2.0 on a Gigabyte motherboard

Enabling Secure Boot:

  1. In the BIOS, head over to the boot or security settings area.
  2. Make sure your system is in UEFI mode, not Legacy or CSM, since Secure Boot needs UEFI.
  3. Look for the Secure Boot option. If it wasn’t there before, check you’ve done things like turn off CSM, as we mentioned before.
  4. Turn on Secure Boot and save your changes.How to Enable Secure Boot on ASRock motherboard

After you’ve done this, your system should be up to speed with security, which is great for running software and games that need TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot, like Valorant. If you run into trouble or can’t find these settings, looking in your motherboard’s manual or reaching out to the manufacturer can help you out.

Final thoughts

If you’re having trouble finding TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot options in your BIOS or UEFI, it’s probably because your motherboard doesn’t support them. The easiest first step is to check your motherboard’s manual or online for these features. If the manual doesn’t help, asking around in online communities like Reddit can be super useful. Other people with the same motherboard might have figured it out and can give you tips.

If you’re sure your motherboard supports these features but still can’t find them, there could be specific settings hiding them. Like we talked about, changing from Legacy to UEFI mode, turning off CSM, or even updating your BIOS might make these options show up. It’s all about knowing what your motherboard needs and working through the BIOS setup.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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