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How to enable Secure boot on Windows 8 at installaton ?


sreyan32

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#1
Hello everyone,
I am running Windows 8 x64 without secure boot enabled. According to the screen shot
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secure boot is "Unsupported" but my motherboard has secure boot features in it. Its just that I didn't have secure boot enabled when I installed Windows 8 so Windows is unable to use secure boot now. What are the steps for setting up my computer for installing windows in secure boot mode ?

Pc Specs-:
Motherboard: Gigabyte H77m-D3H (rev 1.1)GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-H77M-D3H (rev. 1.1)
BIOS ver: F11 (Latest)
Ram:8 Gb DDR3 Corsair
HardDisk-: 1) Western Digital 160 GB (boot) 2) Western Digital 1 TB.

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."

So I am asking how can I format my HDD into a GPT ? Is there anything else I need to before I install Windows 8 again ?? Please tell me the exact steps to follow.

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.
 

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#2
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:

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/32360-use-wim-file-all-drives-image-macrium.html
 

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#4
Hello Sreyan,

In addition, when you see an "Unsupported" value for the "Secure Boot State" item like that in your System Information screenshot, then I'm afraid that it does indeed mean that secure boot is not supported on your motherboard. :(

If it had said "Yes" or "No" instead, then it would mean that secure boot is supported and was either turned on or off on your UEFI settings.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/20208-secure-boot-confirm-enabled-disabled-windows-8-a.html
 
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#5

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Looking at the Overveiw
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-H77M-D3H (rev. 1.1)
& manual, there is NO Secure Boot setting.
Gigabyte has been adding UEFI and other options like SecureBoot to it's latest BIOS's for x77 based motherboards for the last year or so.. most of the manuals won't mention it because the board was not originally shipped with it.
Didn't even bother to click through on Theog's link but I did now and:

Screenshot (64).png

Good followup by Mystere.
 

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So, maybe a screenshot of disk management might clear up this issue. Maybe it is returning an "unsupported" because it is a Legacy install? And, maybe it would have returned an "off" if it were a UEFI install with secure boot disabled? I have a UEFI install and my secure boot is listed as "off." All guesses on my part BTW.
 

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sreyan32

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#8
Looking at the Overveiw
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-H77M-D3H (rev. 1.1)
& manual, there is NO Secure Boot setting.
Gigabyte has been adding UEFI and other options like SecureBoot to it's latest BIOS's for x77 based motherboards for the last year or so.. most of the manuals won't mention it because the board was not originally shipped with it.
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??
 

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    Nvidia 650 GTX

sreyan32

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#9
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:

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/32360-use-wim-file-all-drives-image-macrium.html
Does this work for Windows 8 ?? And will it Backup all my windows updates along with my installed apps on my system??
 

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    Nvidia 650 GTX

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#10

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    ASRock X79 Extreme11
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    32 GB (8GBx4) G.SKILL DDR3 Quad PC3-19200 2400 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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#12
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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    Intel G2020
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    ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0
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    8GBs @ 1333 MHz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO
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    400w
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    57/11
#13
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:

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/32360-use-wim-file-all-drives-image-macrium.html
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:

Screenshot (9).png


Screenshot (10).png


Screenshot (11).png

That's it. :)

NOTE>>>

See picture:

Screenshot (12).png
 
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Mystere

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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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
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sreyan32

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#15
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:

View attachment 28863


View attachment 28864


View attachment 28865

That's it. :)

NOTE>>>

See picture:

View attachment 28866
How do I restore my backed up data?? Is this software free???
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 650 GTX

sreyan32

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#16
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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    Nvidia 650 GTX
#17
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:

View attachment 28863


View attachment 28864


View attachment 28865

That's it. :)

NOTE>>>

See picture:

View attachment 28866
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. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
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    Instruction
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    Avast Internet Security

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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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    Windows 8.1 x64
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    Home Grown
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    i7 3770K
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    ASUS P8Z77 -v Pro, Z87-Expert
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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
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel G2020
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0
    Memory
    8GBs @ 1333 MHz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO
    PSU
    400w
    Internet Speed
    57/11

sreyan32

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#20
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:

View attachment 28863


View attachment 28864


View attachment 28865

That's it. :)

NOTE>>>

See picture:

View attachment 28866
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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    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 650 GTX