Has the German Government really warned against using Windows 8? Recent media coverage of Windows 8 and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) has claimed that “the Federal Government’s IT experts think Windows 8 is ‘downright dangerous’.” One paper from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in particular is cited as follows: “Experts from the BMWi, the Federal Administration and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) have issued an unmistakable warning about using the latest generation of Trusted Computing in German government agencies.”
A statement from the BSI itself, however, clarifies that the BSI has neither
warned the Federal Administration nor German businesses nor the German general public about deploying Windows 8. That having been said, the BSI does believe that there are a number of critical aspects in specific deployment scenarios in which Windows 8 is used in combination with hardware that has a TPM 2.0 chip.
Currently, CRE Rösler can specify whether or not a TPM chip is installed when ordering motherboards – and this has nothing to do with the Windows 8 OS. While the new UEFI bios on our new iEi motherboards does support TPM, the chip still has to be ordered along with the board.
Users can decide themselves whether TPM should be activated in their computers and can opt to disable the service. This link provides instructions to do so: