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Secure boot with upgrade offer?

  1. #1


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64

    Secure boot with upgrade offer?


    I did the Upgrade Assistant from Win7 pro to 8 pro and this is what I was told:

    Secure Boot isn't compatible with your PC

    Your PC's firmware doesn't support Secure Boot so you
    won't be able to use it in Windows 8.

    More info
    I really want Secure boot, however. I have a UEFI BIOS. I am willing to upgrade or clean install, as I will never use the previous windows 7 version again. Is there a way to get Secure boot with my computer [when I upgrade to 8]?
    Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database
    How do I get this?

    All replies welcome, and thank you any who take the time on this problem of mine.

    PS. I have the windows 15$ upgrade, but I want to install it on this computer (details listed) instead of the new one that came with the deal
    Last edited by DustSailor; 30 Oct 2012 at 21:55. Reason: [additional]

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  2. #2


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    SecureBoot is a feature of UEFI on newer (released late this year, mostly) motherboards that allows digital signage of the boot process and some extra (well, lots of it) security checking during boot process. If you want it, you need to acquire a motherboard with it. You might (/might/) get it via an upgrade, as it's security software built into the UEFI software itself, but I don't know of any current UEFI motherboards that didn't ship with SB enabled that have updates to enable it yet. Since the x77 and x79 chipsets seem to support it (I've seen a Gigabyte and an Asus board so far that have it, both were x79), you could ask Gigabyte if they plan on adding it to your UEFI system software in the future, of course.
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  3. #3


    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    I'm starting to think I can't get the seure boot with a custom build PC because it requires a factory made pc with MS' "stamp of approval"... D:

    And there goes half of the reason I wanted to upgrade to begin with heh
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  4. #4


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Incorrect - it requires the manufacturer to load the certificates, that is all.
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  5. #5


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    So perhaps if I waited?

    Also, its great to see you, old chum!

    Sorry, posted these before I saw your original post at the top. Thanks mate!
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  6. #6


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Indeed - for example, my next machine in January will be built using this board:
    Newegg.com - ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    It has support for quad-channel memory (and thus the Intel i7 CPUs that support that), is UEFI 2.3.1 errata B compliant, and there are versions that ship with SecureBoot options (certificates pre-loaded). Some other colleagues of mine picked up the asrock z77 pro 4m, which supposedly also supports this - it is cheaper (by far) than the ASUS board, if that's important. I believe Gigabyte also has a board that's compliant, although I don't know for sure about SecureBoot on those.
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  7. #7


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Dude, never buy gigabyte. Asus is the way to go. I think Gigabyte is behind in a lot of things, and it just isn't as good. I have the X79 assassin 2. Don't even like Gigabyte cards from my experience.
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  8. #8


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yeah - for my own systems, I stick with Asus boards. I don't really need the kitchen sink thrown in, per se, but I'll pay additional for stable boards with most of the newer features.
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  9. #9


    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    What? And miss out on the all-new "super ice" water cooling? Pfft, if I have to shell out 50$ extra for the sink I'm all in
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  10. #10


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    - hehe
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