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How to Disable Secure Boot in Windows 8 So you can run Linux.

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:33 PM


Secure boot is a feature of Windows 8 that helps to prevent malicious software applications and “unauthorized” operating systems from loading during the system start-up process. While it is a great security feature, it effectively prevented you from dual booting your PC. Any other OS without the proper signing key will be deemed as “unauthorized” and won’t be able to boot up. The way to go about it is either install an OS that comes with the appropriate signing key or disable the secure boot feature altogether. In this article, we will show you the latter.\

Disabling secure boot requires tweaking your own computer’s BIOS. If you are not comfortable with playing with the BIOS settings, then this tutorial is not for you. Let’s walk through the process:




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Posted 01 April 2014 - 12:11 PM

Be sure when making changes to the UEFI settings, make note of what's changed, or take before & after pictures with each step. That way, converting back will be easier if needed.


Like if the computer is under warranty & needs servicing, the OEM will expect the settings to be the same as when shipped. I can't state with certainty that restoring defaults with whatever "F" key will do the trick, as I've never tried it.



Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 

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