How to Turn off Secure Boot on Windows

Sometimes a person needs two operating systems running on one computer, such as Windows and Linux. If Secure Boot is enabled, the system will not allow two operating systems to run at the same time. So the solution is to disable the Secure Boot.

Basically Secure Boot is a security feature in Windows that comes with UEFI Firmware. The feature will forbid any other programs to run during the boot process to avoid any intervention.

But on the other hand, enabling Secure Boot will also prohibit users from dual booting. Even booting Windows via USB or CD will also be blocked. And by default, Secure Boot is enabled.

How to Disable Secure Boot in Windows

Controlling Secure Boot can only be done from BIOS Mode. And here I will explain the safest way to do it. This method can be applied to variants of Windows 8 to 10. Please read and carefully follow the tutorial below.

  1. Search Advanced Startup in the Windows search field. Then ENTER.

  2. In the Advanced Startup section, please click the button Restart.

    Click the Restart Button

  3. The computer will restart and enter Advanced Mode.

  4. If you have entered Advanced Mode, please click the menu Troubleshoot.

    Click Troubleshoot in Advanced Mode

  5. Then click on the menu Advanced Options.

    Click the Advanced Options menu

  6. Next click menu UEFI Firmware Settings.

    Go to UEFI Firmware Settings

  7. Now the computer will restart again, but this time it will go into BIOS Mode.

  8. In BIOS Mode, please go to the tab System Configuration.

  9. Then open the menu Boot Options. And later all the boot settings will appear.

  10. Almost done, please select an option Secure Bootand change from Enabled Becomes Disabled.

    Turning off Secure Boot on Windows

  11. The last stage, select the menu Save & Exit.

By the end of this tutorial, the computer will restart to the desktop and Secure Boot disabled successfully. And actually the above method will be faster when using shortcuts to enter BIOS Mode, it’s just that on some devices there are different ways, for that I prefer the above method that can be applied to all computers.

If you want to re-enable Secure Boot, just change the settings from Disabled Becomes Enabled.

Also read: Computer Solutions Won’t Boot and Black Screen

The final word

Surely someone has their own reasons for turning off Secure Boot, and most of them are because they want to Dual Boot their computer.

And one more addition. If the Secure Boot option cannot be selected (grayed out), the possible problem is in Fast Boot which is active in Windows. However, some computers or laptops have their own way of dealing with it. So I prefer to ask the community or forum according to the brand of computer/laptop used.

Hopefully useful and good luck