Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th May 2013 17:38 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Windows "Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as 'Windows Blue' will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store." They really didn't have much of a choice, but good news anyway.
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It makes things a little more restrictive. You have to use a UEFI compatible bootloader, you cannot develop your own anymore (osdev haunting)

Of course you can make your own boot loader. Any PC with the Windows 8 logo will allow you to disable secure boot or install your own keys. This is a requirement for the Windows 8 logo program.

This cannot be overstated: The Windows 8 logo program requires computers to be capable of both disabling secure boot and installing custom keys.

Frankly, I got more viral infection via web (xss) than got mbr corruption. So this whole "secure" boot stuff is basically just a lock-down.


A couple of weeks ago I cleaned a friend's computer of malware. Among the various types of malware it was infected with was a rootkit. This was on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine. "I don't get those" is completely meaningless.

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Kochise Member since:

I don't know if having a locked down computer is an any brighter security measure to enforce protection. The user's knowledge should help more by performing less dangerous actions. See how Linux users breaks less easily their os. Sure there is indeed pretty decent file protection from the beginning, but the hardware access through pipes could breaks the machine perhaps even more easily than on Windows. Yet they experience less troubles.

I'm not wearing rose tainted glasses, if you were worried about.


Edited 2013-05-14 21:34 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Yeah because users always make good decisions </sarcasm>

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Drumhellar Member since:

Secure Boot protects both experienced and inexperienced users in a manner that doesn't restrict their choices or force them to change their behavior. Why is this a bad thing?

Let me reiterate this: Secure Boot does not restrict user choices. It also provides protection from a whole class of common exploits. Not the most common, but still common.

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