Why does the “standard hardware security not supported” issue happen? What should you do if you encounter the Windows error - standard hardware security not supported? If you are also struggling with this issue, you can refer to this article on MiniTool Website to find the solutions.

Standard Hardware Security Not Supported

The “standard hardware security not supported” Windows error message can happen on many in Windows Security. And when you encounter this error, it is possible that your device does not meet the minimum requirements for hardware security.

The requirements of standard hardware security are as follows, please make sure every one of them has been enabled.

  • TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module)
  • Secure Boot enabled
  • DEP (Data Execution Prevention)
  • UEFI MAT (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Memory Attributes Table)
  • CPU Virtualization

Besides, if your system drivers or BIOS firmware are outdated, that may trigger the standard hardware security not supported error. Chances are that you see this error because of some Windows bugs or a corrupted Windows update.

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According to users’ reports and feedback, we find this “standard hardware security not supported” issue can happen on Windows 10/11 for multiple reasons, but occurs in Windows 11 version 22H2 or other versions more often. So if you see the “standard hardware security not supported” notification in the Windows Security app, you can try to downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10.

After knowing about these potential reasons, you can go to the next part for the specific methods.

Fix Standard Hardware Security Not Supported on Windows

Fix 1: Check Requirements of Standard Hardware Security

To make sure every requirement of standard hardware security has been met, please check them one by one and make sure they are enabled.

1. Check and Enable TPM 2.0

To check TPM 2.0, please do as follows.

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Win + R key and input tpm.msc to enter.

Step 2: Then a management window pops up. If you see the message showing you that Compatible TPM cannot be found, you need to enable TPM 2.0.

If you see the message The TPM is ready for use after clicking Status, it means the TPM is enabled and then please check for its Specification Version which should be 2.0 or later.

TPM status

Then to enable TPM 2.0, you are required to get into BIOS by pressing the dedicated key, such as EscDeleteF1F2F10F11, or F12, after you boot the PC up and see the initial screen. The key depends on your manufacturer.

Go to the Security tab at the top and locate TPM to enable it. After that, save your changes and quit to restart your computer.

2. Check and Enable Secure Boot

To enable Secure Boot, you still need to get into BIOS and switch to the Boot tab at the top menu. Locate the Secure Boot option and turn it on. Then save your changes and quit.

3. Enable CPU Virtualization

To enable CPU Virtualization, get into BIOS first and under the Advanced tab, click on CPU configuration. If you are using AMD CPU, please enable SVM Mode from Advanced settings; if you are using Intel CPU, please enable the option labeled Intel Virtualization Technology. Then save your changes and quit to restart your PC.

4. Enable DEP (Data Execution Prevention)

To enable DEP, you can follow the next easy steps.

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box and input sysdm.cpl to enter System Properties.

Step 2: Then go to the Advanced tab and under Performance, click Settings….

click Settings…

Step 3: In the pop-up window, go to the Data Execution Prevention tab and choose the option labeled Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only. Then click Apply and OK.

click Apply and OK

After all of that and all requirements have been checked and enabled, you can check if the “standard hardware security not supported” issue has been resolved.

Fix 2: Enable Memory Integrity

For the newest version of Windows, it may require you to enable Memory Integrity so that the standard hardware security can run well. So you can try this by following the next steps.

Step 1: Please go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Device security.

Step 2: Click on Core isolation details under Core isolation and turn on the toggle under Memory integrity.

enable Memory Integrity

Then you can see if the “standard hardware security not supported” error message has been gone.

If you need more methods to enable Memory Integrity, you can read this article: Enable and Disable Core Isolation Memory Integrity in Windows.

Fix 3: Reregister Windows Security App via PowerShell

Another method to get rid of the “standard hardware security not supported” error is to re-register Windows Security via PowerShell. Some people have tried it and proven it works. It is worth trying!

Step 1: Open Search by pressing Win + S and type in Powershell to run it as an administrator.

Step 2: Then please copy and paste the following command and press Enter.

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.Windows.SecHealthUI*).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}”

input the command

Step 3: Once the command has been successful, you can close the window and restart the PC to check if the error persists.

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Fix 4: Reset Windows Security

Because this error usually occurs on the Windows Security app and the chances are that the program has been corrupted or some bugs exist here. You can try to reset the Windows Security app to see if you can fix “standard hardware security not supported”.

To reset Windows Security, do the following:

Step 1: Open Search by pressing Win + S and input windows security to click on App settings in the pop-up window.

click App settings

Step 2: When a window pops up, please scroll down and choose Reset. That will help you fix some app’s bugs but all your app’s data will be deleted.

click Reset

Or you can reset Windows Security via PowerShell. Run your PowerShell as an administrator and type the following command to enter:

Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.Windows.SecHealthUI* | Reset-AppxPackage

Once the command executes, you can exit the PowerShell console and restart your PC to check the error.

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Fix 5: Update Windows

After trying the above methods, if your issue still exists, you can owe this error to the outdated Windows version, firmware, or drivers. Go to finish these pending updates and your issue may be resolved.

Step 1: Open your Settings and choose Update & Security.

Step 2: Then choose Check for updates under the Windows Update from the left panel.

If there is any available update for you, you can download and install them on your PC.

If your Windows version is the latest, you can click on View optional updates to check for available driver updates.

check for driver updates

Hope the above methods have resolved the “standard hardware security not supported” issue, if not, the next fixes may put you at risk of data loss, so it is recommended to back up your important data with MiniTool ShadowMaker before you start the next steps.

Fix 6: Uninstall Windows Updates

If you have installed your Windows update recently and on the heels of that, the error occurs, you can try to uninstall your Windows update; or if you have created a restore point before the update, you can directly restore your Windows.

To uninstall Windows update, you can do as follows.

Step 1: Open Settings and go to Update & Security > Windows Update > View update history > Uninstall updates.

click Uninstall updates

Step 2: Right-click on the latest Windows installation and choose Uninstall. Then follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

Fix 7: Downgrade to Windows 10

As we have mentioned, the “standard hardware security not supported” error message often happens on Windows 11. If you are using Windows 11, you can try to downgrade your Windows 11 to Windows 10.

To downgrade your Windows, please do as follows.

Step 1: Open your Settings and click on System and then Recovery.

go to Recovery

Step 2: Under the Recovery options, click on Go back next to Previous version of Windows. Then please follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

If you need more details about how to downgrade Windows, you can read this one: [3 Ways] Downgrade/Uninstall Windows 11 and Go Back to Windows 10.

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Backup scheme

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Bottom Line:

This issue usually happens for multiple reasons and you may have a general picture of this “standard hardware security not supported” issue. The solutions are easy to follow and you can follow the above to resolve your concerns. However, it is still advised to back up your data in advance and that can help avoid most troubles.

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Standard Hardware Security Not Supported FAQ

Why does Secure Boot fail to be enabled?

Because Secure Boot can be enabled only when the operating system has been installed on a PC, if you find the Secure Boot feature does not work, that means a new installation of a recent version of UEFI is required.

How to bypass TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot?

  1. Press Win + R to open Run and input regedit to enter.
  2. Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup and right-click on it. Click New > Key, name it LabConfig, and click on it.
  3. Right-click on the right pane to follow New > DWORD (32-bit Value) and name it BypassTPMCheck. Change its Value data to 1.
  4. Create other two DWORDS with the value data of 1 and name them BypassRAMCheck and BypassSecureBootCheck.

Can a PC run without TPM?

Yes, you can run Windows without TPM but your PC won't go with any key or minimal updates. That may make you go through data risks or PC crashes.

Is Windows 11 worth it on unsupported hardware?

It may trigger some unexpected results, such as a blue screen, system instability, and even data loss. Therefore, it is recommended to ensure that your computer meets the Windows 11 requirements before attempting to install the operating system.

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