Microsoft is leaving the option to disable Secure Boot up to OEMs in Windows 10

By Shawn Knight
Mar 23, 2015
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    When Microsoft was preparing Windows 8 several years back, concern arose over the company’s planned use of Secure Boot. When active, Secure Boot checks the cryptographic signature of any program (including operating system bootloaders) against a list of approved keys during the startup process to defend against nasty malware that can load before the OS.

    Although Microsoft demanded that OEMs ship PCs with Secure Boot enabled, it ended up not being all that big of a deal because the company also mandated that partners include the ability to disable it.

    It’s the same song, different verse for Microsoft as we head towards Windows 10. The key difference this time around which once again has some worried is the fact that the Secure Boot disable switch is now optional for x86 system builders.

    All of this, of course, is a moot point if you build your own desktop as motherboard makers would all but have to offer an option to disable it in the UEFI since they won’t know what operating system a customer plans to install.

    But for those that buy prebuilt desktops, this means that OEMs will be required to enable Secure Boot and could also ship without the option to disable it. The same could also hold true for notebooks.

    It’s still too early to know exactly how this will play out as it’s entirely possible that Microsoft could drop the option by the time the RTM version of Windows 10 ships to OEMs.

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  2. Jack Buaer

    Jack Buaer TS Rookie

    Worst freaking idea ever done is embedding a product key in to the bios. If you have Home version of windows installed and you want to put profession or enterprise on it, you cant activate it because the product ID key is embedded in to the bios and slipstreamed in to the installations. You literally have to make a special CD with files in it that contain your license key and version your installing. You can no longer just install then enter in key. purchase your laptops , workstations and servers with out an OS so they do not embed a product ID key in to it.

    Dumb dumb idea....
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,744   +3,710

    Yes it is!

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