FreedomOfTheOpenCode wrote:No, but the problem is, the option to be able to disable secure boot depends on the hardware manufacturer, who could be persuaded not to provide the option.
skywolfblue wrote:From what I've read Microsoft requests that manufacturers who build for windows 8 still include a way to disable secure boot in the BIOS. So I think pretty much every AMD/Intel machine should be able to disable the secure boot. (As srs5694 said above.)
However, there do seem to be a few complaints about ASUS motherboards in particular (The option being grayed out), I haven't heard anything about inability to disable secure boot on other motherboard manufacturers like Gigabyte or Intel.
srs5694 wrote:In terms of their marketing agreements to get a Windows 8 sticker for the computer, Microsoft doesn't request that Secure Boot be disable-able; they require it.
srs5694 wrote:The user interface requirements are non-existent, so you could, in principle, find the option only if you activate another option that reads "do not activate under penalty of the law." My own ASUS motherboard had a pretty strangely-worded option initially; it was under "OS Type," with the options being "Windows 8 UEFI" and "Other Legacy & UEFI" -- the former activated Secure Boot and the latter disabled it. IIRC, a firmware update changed the wording to something more sensible.
benali72 wrote:Thanks for the great discussion here, Srs5694 and Skywolfblue. I think I understand now. It looks like, with used desktops and laptops using any variant of x86 architecture, I don't have to worry about any used computer locking out non-Windows OSs via Secure Boot. On ARMs and ATOMs, however, it's a different story. Thanks again.
Pierre wrote:but if you were in the market for a new PC,
you would have to test each PC 'in store' or be able to research that PC model,
- Before you bought it ..
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