Riot Games’ Valorant game is enforcing TPM 2.0 on Windows 11


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Windows 11 is finally arriving on October 5 and it will officially require newer processors with TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. One of the hottest topics in Microsoft’s community is whether or not you can get Windows 11 on PC via Windows Update, and a lot of users are confused.

Microsoft has confirmed that users can try Windows 11 on older machines, but they shouldn’t expect any support or updates from the company. Windows 11’s minimum system requirements include an 8th-gen processor, AMD Ryzen 2000 or newer. In addition to newer processors, you’ll also need TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot.
Microsoft says users can still install the new operating system manually using tools like Media Creation Tool. This method was originally planned for businesses, but consumers will now be allowed as well. Still, it isn’t going to stop developers from blocking their apps or games on unsupported hardware.
After Windows 11 Build 22000.176 and Build 22449, some users reported that they’re unable to play Riot Games’ Valorant.

Windows 11 TPM 2.0 Valorant

As shown in the below screenshot, Riot Games’ Valorant won’t run on unsupported Windows 11 PCs without TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 and Secure Boot.

Riot Games recently updated its Vanguard anti-cheat system to enforce TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot on Windows 11. Vanguard anti-cheat software is packaged with Valoran and it’s a powerful anti-cheat software that keeps an eye on processes running in the background whether or not you’re playing Valorant.

This rule is just being enforced on Windows 11 and Valorant will continue to work on Windows 10 PCs failing to meet the requirements of the new operating system.

In a tweet, Microsoft has also clarified that the error message has nothing to do with Windows 11 preview update.
If you have a TPM module, you’re good to go. Furthermore, TPM has been a requirement for Windows 10 since at least 2016, so it’s likely that your PC already comes with this security feature and it needs to be enabled from the BIOS menu.

It’s worth noting that Riot isn’t the only company targeting hackers and cheaters with its anti-cheat software. It’s possible that popular anti-cheat systems like Fortnite’s Easy Anti-Cheat will also start enforcing TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot on Windows 11.

We’ve reached out to Riot Games for further clarification on what’s going on.


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It will not last. Riot killing a majority of their customers for "security"? At the moment, League is their #1 game, but Valorant is rising quickly, and not all users have new machines. It doesn't make sense to let them out if it affects their revenue.


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One more reason why no one including gamers who don't have Windows 11 supported PC should use any bypass method to install Windows 11 on their system. Stick to Windows 10. Windows 11 isn't anything remarkable anyway so 10 is a better choice for them.
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