On Windows 8, or 8.1 PCs using the UEFI ( in place of BIOS) boot standard, Secure Boot, a feature designed to prevent malicious software and unauthorized media from loading during the system start-up process, is enabled by default.
While UEFI secure boot provides an additional layer of security, it has become a bit of pain for people who want to dual boot, either with Linux or any other OS. Therefore, you are suggested to disable UEFI secure boot in Windows 8/8.1 for the following reasons:
To disable secure boot in UEFI settings, you need first of all to access UEFI settings, which is not as easy as accessing BIOS settings by simply pressing F10 or F12 at boot time. In the following content, we will give a detailed and complete introduction on how to turn off UEFI secure boot in Windows 8 & 8.1 PCs.
Swipe in from the right corner of the screen, and tap Settings. Within the "Settings" charm, you click on "Change PC settings".
Under PC settings, there is a slight difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. for different versions, we do different to go to Advanced startup:
|Windows 8||Under PC settings, go to General > Advanced startup > Restart now|
|Windows 8.1||Under PC settings, go to Update and recovery > Recovery > Advanced startup > Restart now|
But you should bear in mind that secure boot is of great help to protect users from rootkits and other low-level malware attacks. Don't disable UEFI secure boot unless you have to run operating systems that won't boot with secure boot enabled.
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