“TPM is ready for use, with reduced functionality” message when the BIOS is in legacy mode with TPM 2.0


On a Windows Server-based operating system, you have the operating system installed in Legacy MBR mode (PC/AT) with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. In this situation, you receive a message in the TPM user interface stating that "The TPM is ready for use, with reduced functionality." 


On the operating systems that are listed in the “Applies To” section, TPM 2.0 is supported in UEFI mode only.

More Information

TPM 2.0 is designed to be “fully functional” in UEFI mode. Systems must be in UEFI mode with TPM enabled and secure boot configured and enabled in order to attain the security status that's described in the following TechNet article:

For more information about secure boot and TPM, see the following resources:

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Article ID: 3123365 - Last Review: Oct 19, 2016 - Revision: 1

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