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Article ID: NGN1163 — Created: 10 Mar 2018 — Reviewed: 15 Mar 2018
What is Secure Boot and how can I check my computer to know if it is supported?
Recent desktop and laptop PCs include a feature called Secure Boot. It is a setting you can change in your computer’s BIOS that increases the security of PCs running Windows by requiring that bootable software include a valid certificate that identifies the developer (Microsoft in this case).
Secure Boot was introduced at the time of Windows 8. It was originally designed as a security measure to lock down the computer and prevent it from booting into anything but Windows 8 (or Windows 10). Starting in Windows 10 version 1607, Microsoft added new requirements for kernel mode drivers (which are used by the uScope USB interface) that place additional restrictions on how the drivers are signed.
You may need to disable the Secure Boot setting to install and run uScope device drivers.
You can use the System Information Utility (MsInfo32.exe) to determine if Secure Boot is supported by your computer and if it is enabled or disabled.
This setting indicates that your PC hardware does not support Secure Boot. So, the elevated requirements for boot programs and drivers are not enforced by the Windows operating system.
This setting indicates that your PC hardware supports Secure Boot and that the Secure Boot BIOS setting is Enabled.
This setting indicates that your PC hardware supports Secure Boot but the Secure Boot BIOS setting is Disabled.
There are several reasons why you may need to disable Secure Boot:
As of uScope Navigator v4.3 (and earlier), uScope Drivers are not signed in accordance with Microsoft's restrictions when Secure Boot is enabled. So, if you have a desktop or laptop that supports Secure Boot, you must disable it if you wish to use the uScope with that PC.
Secure Boot is one of your PC's BIOS settings. You must restart your computer to change it.
When your PC boots (or reboots) it displays a manufacturer screen. At this point, you have the option of pressing a key to enter the BIOS setup. Typically, you will see a message appear on the screen telling you what key to press. This key changes from PC to PC. Sometimes, the message on your computer screen that says what key to press may be incorrect. The most common keys are F1, F2, DEL, or F12.
The BIOS settings screen presents you with options and parameters that can be configured for your PC. You are looking for the Secure Boot setting which is usually found on the second or third page of options (the Boot, Security, or Authentication page of settings). You must change the Secure Boot setting to Off or Disabled.
The following images show several different manufacturers BIOS screens where the Secure Boot setting is available:
Once you have found the Secure Boot setting, change it to Off or Disabled.
In order for changes to the Secure Boot setting to take effect, you must save the BIOS settings before you exit the BIOS screen. The most common key to save and exit is F10.
After your PC reboots and loads Windows, you can confirm that Secure Boot is disabled (or enabled) by using the MsInfo32.exe utility shown above.
For more information, you may wish to reference a Microsoft Knowledge Base Article for more information about Secure Boot.
If you disabled Secure Boot because your uScope driver would not install, confirm that Secure Boot is disabled. Then, refer to Manually Installing Drivers for more information about reinstalling the uScope drivers.
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