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Chinese computers will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11

Andy Vilchez
3 min read

China is a country where Windows is the dominant operating system, however the Chinese could be left without the new Windows 11. The reason for this will surprise you.

Chinese computers will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11 – Technology
Windows 11

China is a country that has more than 1,400 million inhabitants, and also has billions of computers. Of all the computers available, more than 90% use Windows as the operating system.

However, all this large number of computers could be left without Windows 11 due to the trade and technology war between China and the United States.

The root of the whole problem dates back 22 years, when the Chinese government banned TMP (Trusted Platform Module) technology. By then, the technology was unknown and also, it did not have a great importance. However, it was regarded as a foreign technology and the Chinese regarded it as a threat.

Will the Chinese be left without Windows 11? Does Microsoft have a plan B? All these questions, we will try to answer them in this article. Therefore, if you are interested in the subject, you should not miss it.

A fundamental component for Windows 11

Chinese computers will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11 – Technology
TPM chip

The TMP 2.0 chip is a fundamental requirement to be able to install the new Windows 11 on computers.

In China, this chip does not exist, since it is totally prohibited, which makes it difficult for the citizens of the Asian giant to install this operating system.

In the West, this chip can be purchased separately, and some computers have it installed. The main problem with this chip is that because it was not very relevant, very few manufacturers ended up installing them.

Could the Chinese government relax or revoke the ban?

This is an unlikely scenario, the trade war between China and the United States dates back a long time. And the relations between these two countries at present is not the best, therefore, no relaxation is expected.

But this is not the only reason this is unlikely, as China has similar technology. In this country there is a chip known as the Trusted Cryptography Module (TCM) and which would be the equivalent to the TPM.

However, Microsoft has not taken into account this small Chinese module, so it is not valid to install Windows 11.

Will the Chinese market be left without Windows 11?

For the moment, however, it is very likely that Microsoft will find an alternative. After all, the Chinese market is too big, so it is in the company's best interest to find a solution to this situation.

In fact, as we have learned, Microsoft is allowing some people and companies to update the system without the need for the TPM chip.

It will probably end up doing the same with the Chinese market, which would allow the Chinese to have this new system.

However, it is unknown how much time may pass, the truth is that Microsoft will end up doing something.