More secure? I doubt it.

Story: Installing Windows 8 with secure bootTotal Replies: 9
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Nov 21, 2012
12:17 PM EDT
Is a system with secure boot really more secure? I doubt it. Is this about vendor lock in? You betcha. A tech savvy person should be able to get around secure boot if a system has it enabled by default. A person who is a little less savvy will be stuck, just as Microsoft wants them to be.

Nov 21, 2012
2:14 PM EDT
My impulse is to buy motherboards without the secure boot/ UEFI crap if I can find them. I hate supporting MS in any way more than I have to. But work sometimes requires Windows.. I wonder (I suppose I should just google it) if Win8 would run in a virtual machine on a motherboard without the crap.

Nov 21, 2012
4:37 PM EDT
I thought Windows 8 would work fine in a machine without Secure Boot as long as it was a retail version and not the version issued by the OEM.

Nov 21, 2012
4:58 PM EDT
I probably haven't been following this as closely as I should, but isn't this an issue for ARM processors only?

Nov 21, 2012
6:29 PM EDT
In response to the various posts:

Yes, this is all about lock-in but will Microsoft say so?

Retail boards will, I presume, come with secure boot off by default. But turning it on or off isn't difficult as I discovered. As I mentioned in the article, secure boot is made possible by the new BIOS replacement known as UEFI. Microsoft has just chosen to implement it and vendors are co-operating with the company.

Windows 8 will work fine in a machine without secure boot. I thought I had made that clear in my article. I also wrote about installing it on an older PC:

And finally, no, this is not an issue for ARM alone. The difference is that on ARM, you can't turn off secure boot; on x86, you can.

Sam Varghese

Nov 21, 2012
6:52 PM EDT
RTFA, eh? I've read so many of these kinds of articles that it has left me confused.. so beg pardon for not reading yours. Humbly chastised! /jd

Nov 22, 2012
2:39 AM EDT
With Microsoft it's never clear if you're dealing with malice, incompetence, or both.

Nov 22, 2012
5:29 AM EDT
I simply assume both, TC. That seems to work fairly well.

Nov 22, 2012
8:59 AM EDT
What's really funny is, when M$ does it, it's malice, but when Steve Jobs did it, it was genius.

Nov 22, 2012
6:03 PM EDT
@notbob, I never thought of anything Steve Jobs did as genius.

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