I recently purchased an ASUS K55A. Like all Windows 8 machines, it come with a UEFI feature called Secure Boot. This basically makes sure that the laptop won't load anything other than the Windows 8 OEM version that came with it.
However the Asus UEFI allows for me to disable Secure Boot, and therefore I should be able to revert to Windows 7, Linux, etc. (drivers may or may not be supported). When I insert my Linux Mint boot disc and try to boot from it, though, nothing happens. There isn't even a boot priority list in the UEFI settings (I can provide screenshots later). It just says "Windows 8 Bootloader" and also on the other tab it says "WINDOWS 8 BOOT OVERRIDE".
Has anybody purchased a Windows 8 machine and successfully installed Windows 7 or Linux on it?