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How to enable Secure boot on Windows 8 at installaton ?

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    The latest BIOS added secure boot functionality. I need to know whether the reason for Secure Boot being unsupported is because Windows 8 was a legacy install or whether my motherboard can't handle it??? I need to know definitely.
    It now seems to all add up properly and I would venture to say that if the motherboard manufacturer added the secure boot feature to your mobo then I would definitely have the confidence that it should work. They have the means to do extensive testing and we do not have that luxury here. So, if you definitely need to know, then you need to go back to Gigabyte for an absolute guarantee because we are not equipped to offer that here. Good luck.

    AND BTW, didn't you already get that guarantee from here?

    I had mailed Gigabyte support on how to enable secure boot they told me the following-:

    "We suggest you can first back up data, reset BIOS items we mentioned in first mail, format your HDD into GPT partition and then reinstall Genuine Windows 8 to test again."
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Also, there are two things is there any app available via which I can backup my entire C drive including Program Files, all my installed apps, and all of my hotfixes and Windows updates ?? Because I don't want to reinstall everything again and again update my Windows 8.

    Thanks.
    Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

    Macrium Reflect works good.
    If I can get it to work, anybody can.

    I backed up everything on a 64 GB usb drive.

    See this thread:

    Use .wim file or all drives image > Macrium
    Does this work for Windows 8 ?? And will it Backup all my windows updates along with my installed apps on my system??
    Here's how to make an image of all your local drives.
    It backs up EVERYTHING.
    It takes me 3 to 3 and a half hours.

    When you want to use the backup, insert the usb.
    Restart & choose Macrium from the options listed.

    Pictures:

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    That's it.

    NOTE>>>

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    Last edited by David Bailey; 07 Oct 2013 at 19:20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Yes, you are right the original BIOS(ver F7) did not have secure boot. The latest BIOS added secure boot functionality. I need to know whether the reason for Secure Boot being unsupported is because Windows 8 was a legacy install or whether my motherboard can't handle it??? I need to know definitely. And how do I format my HDD as GPT??
    Well, my Z77 based Gigabyte board was installed via UEFI, and mine says Off... so I would guess it's because of install (I never turned mine on)

    I notice in your first screenshot that it says your OS is running as "Legacy", which I belive is BIOS (although I seem to recall mine saying BIOS back in the day, maybe this has changed). You definitely need to do a UEFI install to get SecureBoot. It's possible to convert to UEFI (I did) but it's a pain.

    There's an article here:

    Converting Windows BIOS installation to UEFI - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post

    Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

    Macrium Reflect works good.
    If I can get it to work, anybody can.

    I backed up everything on a 64 GB usb drive.

    See this thread:

    Use .wim file or all drives image > Macrium
    Does this work for Windows 8 ?? And will it Backup all my windows updates along with my installed apps on my system??
    Here's how to make an image of all your local drives.
    It backs up EVERYTHING.
    It takes me 3 to 3 and a half hours.

    When you want to use the backup, insert the usb.
    Restart & choose Macrium from the options listed.

    Pictures:

    Click image for larger version


    Click image for larger version


    Click image for larger version

    That's it.

    NOTE>>>

    See picture:

    Click image for larger version
    How do I restore my backed up data?? Is this software free???
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Yes, you are right the original BIOS(ver F7) did not have secure boot. The latest BIOS added secure boot functionality. I need to know whether the reason for Secure Boot being unsupported is because Windows 8 was a legacy install or whether my motherboard can't handle it??? I need to know definitely. And how do I format my HDD as GPT??
    Well, my Z77 based Gigabyte board was installed via UEFI, and mine says Off... so I would guess it's because of install (I never turned mine on)

    I notice in your first screenshot that it says your OS is running as "Legacy", which I belive is BIOS (although I seem to recall mine saying BIOS back in the day, maybe this has changed). You definitely need to do a UEFI install to get SecureBoot. It's possible to convert to UEFI (I did) but it's a pain.

    There's an article here:

    Converting Windows BIOS installation to UEFI - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki
    Thanks for your post I haven't tried it yet. But tell me something where do I get my platform key(PK) from??? Do I get it from Gigabyte or from Microsoft's site??? Because I guess I have to install the PK after enabling Secure Boot right???
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post

    Does this work for Windows 8 ?? And will it Backup all my windows updates along with my installed apps on my system??
    Here's how to make an image of all your local drives.
    It backs up EVERYTHING.
    It takes me 3 to 3 and a half hours.

    When you want to use the backup, insert the usb.
    Restart & choose Macrium from the options listed.

    Pictures:

    Click image for larger version


    Click image for larger version


    Click image for larger version

    That's it.

    NOTE>>>

    See picture:

    Click image for larger version
    How do I restore my backed up data?? Is this software free???
    There is a free version.


    Stick the usb with the image of all local drives into a usb port.
    restart.

    2 options should show up : Macrium & Windows 8.

    Choose Macrium & follow the prompts.

    It's that simple.
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    You won't need any special keys...they should already be set up, assuming you have a normal system...........

    If anyone want to know for sure, a Z77 board that is Secure Boot Capable, does show Bios Mode as Legacy and Secure Boot State as Unsupported in Msinfo32.exe with a Legacy install.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    You won't need any special keys...they should already be set up, assuming you have a normal system...........

    If anyone want to know for sure, a Z77 board that is Secure Boot Capable, does show Bios Mode as Legacy and Secure Boot State as Unsupported in Msinfo32.exe with a Legacy install.
    Hi Saltgrass,

    Thanks for that confirmation! That's good to know down the road.

    my2cents
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  10. #20


    Posts : 78
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sreyan32 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post

    Here's how to make an image of all your local drives.
    It backs up EVERYTHING.
    It takes me 3 to 3 and a half hours.

    When you want to use the backup, insert the usb.
    Restart & choose Macrium from the options listed.

    Pictures:

    Click image for larger version


    Click image for larger version


    Click image for larger version

    That's it.

    NOTE>>>

    See picture:

    Click image for larger version
    How do I restore my backed up data?? Is this software free???
    There is a free version.


    Stick the usb with the image of all local drives into a usb port.
    restart.

    2 options should show up : Macrium & Windows 8.

    Choose Macrium & follow the prompts.

    It's that simple.
    Thank you so much. Just bothering you with one more question. What if I wanted to back-up and restore ONLY my C Drive with this software ? I don't have that much of space to back up all my 1.06 TB of data so I just want to recover my C drive when all this is done. Is that possible ?? Is the recovery process same as what you have described above ??
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