Microsoft is nearing the official launch of Windows 11 to Windows 11 supported systems as October 5 is coming near. With Windows 11, Microsoft has truly gone far for the system requirements for Windows 11, making the presence of TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot compulsory. You can easily install Windows 11 using the Windows Insider Program, and choosing any Dev or Beta Channel.
Currently, users can install Windows 11 even on unsupported systems that do not have TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot support using Media Creation Tool. This method was initially designated for business users only but later made available for consumers as well.
Windows 11 system requirements are something that is making a whole lot of confusion for many users. Initially, Microsoft said that unsupported devices that do not have an 8th-gen processor Intel, AMD Ryzen 2000, or newer, won't be able to install Windows 11, later we have seen Windows 11 officially available for these users, through Media Creation Tool.
With making TPM 2.0 mandatory for Windows 11, Riot's most popular game Valorant has been seen requiring the same for running. After Windows 11 Build 22000.176 and Build 22449, some users reported that they’re unable to play Riot Games’ Valorant.
As the screenshot shows, if you do not have a TPM 2.0 module then your vanguard won't run, and no vanguard means no Valorant. Riot have updated their vanguard to enforce the requirement of TPM 2.0, this is something that can be a thing to worry about for a lot of gamers. As we know, Valorant's system requirements are quite similar to CSGO and require as low as Intel i3 first gen processors.
Do note that 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.
This error appears to be coming from the Vanguard app, and not Windows.— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) September 3, 2021
After users are reporting this error, Microsoft has clarified that this issue is from Vanguard and not from Windows 11.
Would you be able to Run Valorant without TPM 2.0?
As mentioned above, users that are running Windows 10 won't be getting any such error. This error is specially dedicated to Windows 11 unsupported systems that do not have TPM 2.0. 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.