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A question for the Surface Pro owners

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    A question for the Surface Pro owners


    Is it possible to boot the Surface Pro from a USB stick with a Linux OS. Since I don't own a Surface Pro, I cannot check it myself.

    I plan to make a tutorial about safe surfing and that would be a question in that context.

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    With Secure Boot ENABLE, fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & has Secure Boot code signed by Microsoft? If yes, should not be a problem.
    If NO, BIOS would need to be reset suit.




    How to dual boot with Ubuntu & Windows 8, with Secure Boot ENABLED.
    Practical UEFI Secure Boot (Part 3 of 3) - YouTube
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    Thanks theog. It was not a question of multi booting with Linux. The question was whether you can boot from a USB stick by changing the boot priority and that USB stick would have a Linux distro installed. Like here: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Thanks theog. It was not a question of multi booting with Linux. The question was whether you can boot from a USB stick by changing the boot priority and that USB stick would have a Linux distro installed. Like here: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums
    With Secure Boot ENABLE, fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & has Secure Boot code signed by Microsoft? If yes, should not be a problem.
    If NO, BIOS would need to be reset suit.

    Booting from a HDD, SSD, DVD, CD, or USB drive, would still be the same.

    Booting from a non sign drive, you will receive a Secure Boot Violation.

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    Hmm, so it look like that would not work - to boot from a Linux stick. That secure boot is a real pain in the neck.
    Last edited by whs; 27 Apr 2013 at 21:57.
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    Yes, it is.

    Whatever MS intentions were - it is clear secure boot is a major barrier to running another os on the machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, it is.

    Whatever MS intentions were - it is clear secure boot is a major barrier to running another os on the machine.
    That reminds me my expensive Sony Vaio that could not run Live Linux CDs. This is really stupid. How are people supposed to recover their data when the thing goes on the blink.
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    SecureBoot in Ubuntu 12.10

    That's certainly something of a bittersweet achievement. I'm proud of the work we've done to ensure Ubuntu will continue to work out of the box on the consumer hardware of the future; in spite of the predictable accusations on the blogowebs that we've sold out, I sleep well at night knowing that this was the pragmatic decision to make, maximizing users' freedom to use their hardware. All the same, I worry about what the landscape is going to look like in a few years' time. The Ubuntu first-stage EFI bootloader is signed by Microsoft, but the key that is used for signing is one that's recommended by Microsoft, not one that's required by the Windows 8 certification requirements. Will all hardware include this key in practice? The Windows 8 requirements also say that every machine must allow the user to disable Secure Boot. Will manufacturers get this right, and will users be able to make use of it in the event the manufacture didn't include the Microsoft-recommended key? Only time will tell. But I do think the Linux community is going to have to remain engaged on this for some time to come, and possibly hold OEMs' feet to the fire for shipping hardware that will only work with Windows 8.
    Also Windows 7 x64.
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    You can disable Secure Boot on the Surface Pro.

    Hold Volume UP, hit power button (keep holding volume up).
    Go down to Secure Boot Control and hit Enter to toggle it to Off
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    You can disable Secure Boot on the Surface Pro.

    Hold Volume UP, hit power button (keep holding volume up).
    Go down to Secure Boot Control and hit Enter to toggle it to Off
    This.
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