Devices with Windows 10 Preloaded Might not be Able to Install Linux

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It seems that for the devices that have the Windows 10 operating system preloaded you might not be able to install the Linux operating system or other operating systems beside Microsoft’s on them. The reason for this is simple, during the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference it was said the the devices preloaded with Windows 10 will have the Secure Boot feature enabled by default.
Devices with Windows 10 preloaded might not be able to install Linux
The Secure boot feature basically protects the operating system from any malware or viruses that can infect your operating system thus preventing it from booting up properly.Also this feature is designed to allow only the Microsoft verified boot loader to be used therefore disabling the possibility to install another operating system than the one from Microsoft.

Unable to install Linux on a device that came preloaded with Windows 10

With the previous operating systems from Microsoft like Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 the Secure Boot feature was not enabled by default but from Windows 10 onwards the hardware manufacturer’s must enable the Secure Boot by default if they are to get the Windows logo certification.

Seeing that the hardware manufacturer’s will have to choose if they will give you access to disable the Secure Boot feature or not we may still be able to install Linux on the device. So I think that it will remain a decision that the hardware manufacturer’s will have to take in order to make our life a little bit easier and let us install whichever operating system we wish.

Another method that Microsoft said it will be doable is to use another UEFI boot loader, a custom made UEFI boot loader that will be allowed by Microsoft and it will disable the Secure Boot feature. But it comes with a tweak, the developers of the custom made UEFI boot loader will have to talk directly with the hardware manufacturer’s (OEM) and place a digital key in order to allow the system to boot properly, so it might take some time before we see this solution implemented.

For those of you who are making their own devices you will have to watch out for the Motherboard hardware manufacturer and be sure the Secure Boot feature can be disabled if needed.

So basically in a nutshell before you purchase your device with the Windows 10 operating system preloaded be careful what OEM (hardware manufacturer) you choose and also double check if the Secure boot feature is enabled or not by default for the device.

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