Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2015 22:50 UTC

At its WinHEC hardware conference in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft talked about the hardware requirements for Windows 10. The precise final specs are not available yet, so all this is somewhat subject to change, but right now, Microsoft says that the switch to allow Secure Boot to be turned off is now optional. Hardware can be Designed for Windows 10, and offer no way to opt out of the Secure Boot lock down.

I am so surprised. The next step, of course, is to ban the disable-secure-boot option altogether. Just like everyone who knows Microsoft predicted.

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by PJBonoVox on Sat 21st Mar 2015 13:24 UTC
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I must admit that I don't see this as the coming of the apocalypse that it's being made out to be, but I might be missing something.

All they've done is offered the option for the OEMs to remove the insecure boot, and if any do start to take that path then geeks and self-builders will flock to whichever OEM leaves it enabled. Probably even see them issuing updates to re-enable it at a later date ;)

Or is the issue here that folks are concerned that non-technical users will lose their ability to exercise choice if they wished to? I can see that being a problem, but I couldn't possibly say how much this would affect non-technical users.

Although I'm wondering if it does become a situation where Microsoft starts paying OEMs to remove the option, is a modified BIOS an possible workaround? If so, I can see home-industry suddenly booming around this, much like the DSDT patching that goes on in the Hackintosh world.

Edited 2015-03-21 13:25 UTC

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