Ben Meekin

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Hi all, I'm really sorry if this is a basic and considered a stupid question but I want to make sure I do this correctly.

I run a Ryzen 9 3900x CPU so I know I'm able to enable my TPM firmware through my bios, what I'm getting confused about is the encryption side of things, I've read that bitlocker is used but I don't recall ever setting anything like this up so I'm very unfamiliar with the process, as soon as I enable TPM do files automatically become encrypted or am I able to simply enable TPM and upgrade to windows 11 when it releases without having to do anything else?

Thanks for your time, again I apologize for such basic questions.
 

Ben Meekin

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From some reports, Bitlocker will be automatically enabled with Win 11.

In Win 10, it is a feature you enable/configure (not supported by Home version).

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-on-device-encryption-0c453637-bc88-5f74-5105-741561aae838
Ok it's starting to make a bit of sense, so in theory I can enable it, leave the encryption stuff alone and just do the upgrade when it releases?

I understand there is safety in encrypting files but truthfully I'm quite comfortable living without it.
 

COLGeek

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Honestly, Win 11 could change quite a bit between now and when actually released. Just something to keep in mind.

If you practice good cyber hygiene and stay away from questionable sites/practices, you should be okay regardless.
 

Colif

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TPM also can be used for Windows Hello and PIN's and in some versions of Win 11 users will only have PIN, no password. I don't think that applies to Home/Pro. More Enterprise versions get that feature. TPM still used for the 2 features I mentioned - PIN & Hello on all versions.

I enabled ftpm in bios weeks ago, I don't think win 10 uses it for PIN/Hello as it uses a software variant for that. Just to make sure I was ready for October.
 

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