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How to Disable Secure Boot on HP Laptop & Ultrabook

How to disable Secure Boot on my HP PC, No worry! Here's how to do it. All you need to do is to follow the detailed instructions below.

What is Secure Boot?

As you might know, Secure Boot is a component of Microsoft's Windows 8 OS that relies on the UEFI specification’s Secure Boot action to help prevent malware (short for malicious software) applications and "unauthorized" OSs from loading during the system start-up process.

Why is it controversial?

While there is some concern that Microsoft’s Secure Boot feature will make it difficult to install Linux or other open-source operating systems on a Windows 8 PC, the Windows 8 secure boot feature is originally designed to protect users from rootkits and other low-level malware by stopping non-signed executables and drivers from being loaded during the boot process.

You have options, man!

To disable Secure Boot (Note: The secure boot feature is enabled by default generally.), you should follow the steps below:

Step 1: Keep tapping F10 key (A few HP products use F2 or F8.) just after you power up your HP laptop (At this point the screen is still black.) Soon you can see the BIOS setup utility.

Step 2: Next, You should use arrow keys to switch to Security menu shown as below. Select Secure Boot Configuration (or Secure Boot Options)

Step 3: On the pop-up light blue window, disable Secure Boot and then enable Legacy Support using arrow keys and Enter key.

Secure boot options on HP

No SECURITY Tab? Instead, Highlight System Configuration, Make sure the Secure BOOT option is "Disabled"

system config tab

Step 4: Finally, press F10 function key to save and apply the changes you made. Then your HP will restart. At this point, you have successfully set you HP to disable the Secure Boot feature.