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If I buy a computer with Windows 8 and Secure Boot, will I still be able to install Linux?

I've heard a lot about how Microsoft is implementing UEFI Secure Boot in Windows 8. Apparently it prevents "unauthorized" bootloaders from running on the computer, to prevent malware. There's a ...
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Is it possible to downgrade an OEM Windows 8 install to Windows 7?

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 ...
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How to CLEAN INSTALL Windows 7 Professional 64Bit on Dell Inspiron 15R Turbo / Special Edition laptop?

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15R Turbo/Special Edition with following configuration: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor, Windows 8 Single Language, English (64bit), 8GB 2 DIMM (4GB ...
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Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8? [closed]

Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8? How can I set up the boot device priority? My problem occurs when switching on my computer. It immediately goes to Windows 8 loading screen without ...
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What is “Secure Boot” in Windows?

This morning I was trying to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 and ran into a problem: Your firmware doesn't support Secure Boot. What is Secure Boot, and what can I do in this situation if my ...
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How to re-sign the Windows boot loader to re-enable secure boot on an HP laptop?

I just purchased a "HP Pavilion 15-B055ca (C7C80UA#ABL) Ultrabook" from my local computer store the other day, as well as an SSD hard drive. I removed the original 500GB HDD, installed a 120GB SSD, ...
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Can I enable Secure Boot on a computer where Windows 8 was not preinstalled?

Despite all the hate surrounding Secure Boot, I frankly think it's a good idea, if it can be turned off by the user (which it can be on non-ARM systems). My laptop didn't have Windows 8 installed, but ...
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Secure Boot for Linux?

Is the "esp boot partition" as secure as an ext2 partition. If the secure boot feature is not enabled. My current research reveals contradictory opinions among the leading OSes, with choice being ...
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I can’t access the BIOS setup using F2 key on Samsung NP270E5V laptop

My Samsung NP270E5V laptop came with Ubuntu 13.04 installed on it, but I cant boot from a CD/DVD or USB flash drive to install Windows 7. Pressing F2 during boot doesn’t take me to BIOS menu so that I ...
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How can I disable Secure Boot, without entering in BIOS Setup?

I had UEFI Secure Boot enabled laptop with Windows 8 installed in, the problem is that I restored another OS(linux) and now I cannot enter in BIOS Setup. Is there a way to disable UEFI Secure Boot ...