Background on the TPM Security Feature
Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, is a security device that holds computer-generated keys for encryption. It is a hardware-based solution that prevents hacking attempts to capture passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data. The security features provided by the TPM are internally supported by:
Each individual TPM has a unique signature initialized during the silicon manufacturing process that enhances the trust/security effectiveness. Every TPM must have an owner before it can be utilized. The TPM user must be physically present to take ownership. After this procedure is completed and the TPM has a unique owner, the TPM is activated.
TPM Security Feature Is Available on Select Systems
The TPM security feature is available on the following platforms:
|System Name||Model Number|
|Latitude||D410, D420, D610, D620, D810, D820|
|OptiPlex||GX280 (Desktop and Tower only), GX620, 740, 745, 745c, 755|
|Dell Precision||M20, M65, M70, M90|
TPM is not a globally supported product due to certain country regulations.
Reactivation of the TPM Security Feature Field
For users of the TPM security feature that have had a system board replacement, the TPM security feature field needs to be re-activated. For instruction on how to activate, refer to the Dell KB Article: "How do I re-activate my Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security feature" Article ID: 273378
|Installation and activation of TPM causes Windows® XP System Restore to remove any existing System Restore Points. Create a restore point after the Personal Secure Drive is activated and functional.|
Article ID: SLN55441
Last Date Modified: 04/05/2016 03:24 PM
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