Installing Linux on Windows 8 UEFI Secure Boot System

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How to install Linux onto a Windows 8 UEFI Secure Boot system.
From late 2012 onwards all PC Manufacturers wanting to receive a Windows 8 compatible sticker must implement Secure Boot on their systems, this prevents most Linux Distros from being installed.

At time of recording (02 Feb 2013) there are only three Linux Distros certified by Microsoft to install on a Secure Boot system, these are: Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04, and Fedora 18.
Canonical and Red Hat have paid the MS Fee to allow…


  1. I have a dell desktop windows 8 pavilion 23. I have to tap F10 at start up until you get the BIOS screen to pop up. Once inside arrow over until you see SECURE BOOT as a option and disable. Then disable FAST BOOT-then enable LEGACY BOOT MODE. Hit F10 twice then enter twice to exit Bios Enter your USB thumb Drive//. As soon as you Exit start tapping escape key until 2nd BIOS screen appears. Now you will see your Thumb Drive or USB chip when you select BOOT ORDER. Arrow down to your device and click F10 save and exit. Now you will Boot instantly from your USB.When i shut down and remove Thumb Drive i restart and press F10 to go back to BIOS and enable FAST BOOT and SECURE BOOT and disable LEGACY MODE. Restart and Windows will pop back up as normal. Do not be afraid of the red warning boxes to change secure boot or the blue page that makes you confirm a 4 digit  code shown to you on the screen. These are just scare tactics used to prevent people from installing other operating systems. Windows doesn't like the up and coming competition. Hope this helps,Marty….

  2. This standard was created by over 140 technology companies as part of the UEFI consortium, including Microsoft….
    Your anti-Microsoft-no-understanding gibberish is nothing short of irritating!!

  3. Man that's crazy. I love windows and ubuntu.  WTF do I have to go through so much because of this nonsense.  UEFI mode should not interfere with an installation of ubuntu, OS X doesn't interfere, why does windows?

  4. I was able to get Ubuntu on my laptop, but now I can't access Windows 8. Grub says its missing the sector. To make everything worse, no matter what I try to install grub, it does not load at all. I installed it into a USB and now I need that USB to boot or my laptop is a brick. At least it'll suck for anyone who tries to steal it.

  5. I have a question if you might answer. I have an ASUS computer as well and my bios looks exactly like the one in the video so when you switch secure boot to "other OS" is that considered disabling secure boot? When I switch it to "other OS" I believe I saw somewhere that secure boot is still enabled? I am very very unhappy with ASUS and how it seems they have made it extremely difficult to basically make any changes to the bios. The combination of ASUS with an Nvidia graphics card makes for an extremely incompatible linux computer.

  6. If anyone can help me, I have a Toshiba Satellite s55 Series laptop with uefi. I've tried booting kali Linux usb but with know luck. I disabled secure boot and still nothing.. what do I do?

  7. Hello. I Have A 64bit Toshiba Satellite Windows 8.1 Toshiba. I Am Completely New To Linux (Although I Had A Old Desktop With It) I Need More Help Installing It (And Will It Mess Up My Laptop If I Dont Do It Right?)

  8. i have done that on an older pc and it damages your 1 hard drive and 2 memory cards so don't turn that off at all this guy is not a computer tec like i am so please don't use this at all because they haven't payed microsoft at all and the owner of this video i am flagging it because you are not saying the truth about all that and those are non safe steps you did

  9. What the fuck is this??? This is some bullshit. Why are thy allowed to engage in such blatantly anti-competitive practices?? I want to use linux on my laptop, which I paid for with my money. ^%@%@^*

  10. I used to set my laptops for dual boot under Windows XP/Windows 7. Not anymore. I first make sure that the PC I intend to buy is Linux compatible. If it comes preloaded with Windows 8, I scrape it and load up Ubuntu. End of headache.

  11. i already have windows 7 64 bit installed, but i am using a newer motherboard with uefi set to legacy mode, i installed linux mint but after i rebooted it will only go into windows, any suggestions?

  12. Thank you for your videos. I have a toshiba laptop with preinstalled windows 8, uefi, fast start up and secure boot enabled. Would I have any problems booting if i do a partition and install ubuntu 13.10, without changing any of the above options?

  13. I want to install Kali Linux (Debian) on a second hdd , on first hdd is windows 8 and the UEFI shit, how can I install Kali Linux with a correct boot loader (starting from first hdd and going to second hdd then)?

  14. It's our computer for god's sake…
    This is why Linux beats all these money grabbing addicted and greedy operating systems.
    Limitation is bad design both for sales and happiness…

  15. There's a YouTube video ('Linus Torvalds: Secure Boot Is Good') where L. Torvalds is apparently singing UEFI Secure Boot System's praises, albeit somewhat qualifiedly. I'd agree with quidsup that it's a bit foul of Microsoft to have switched to UEFI in full knowledge that by far most Linux users (or aspiring ones) won't be able to as easily (if at all) install/run their Linux distro. That's the reality of things & not what Torvalds's talking about in that video.

  16. I think it's because you have to change the partitions manually PRIOR to installing Linux but I myself am a bit confused at it all, and my dislike of MS for doing this is growing by the minute.

  17. IMO, and with MS's history, UEFI is really more a tool to monopolize control over the hardware itself, to make it more difficult for people to use alternative OS's and such.

  18. I have turned off the secure boot in my new Toshiba notebook, however, in the end of installation of Mint 15 it writes me that it cannot install GRUB, therefore, the system will not boot. A similar problem is with Debian. In the end of installation it writes me an error, and informs that I will be unable to boot. Ubuntu (13.04 and 12.04) cannot be installed since the screen blinks and I cannot see anything. Fedora installation does not even start. I really do not know what to do…

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