with new uefi boot in Windows 8 machine - can I turn it off to run 7 or linux. This would mean I cannot run other operating systems, or stand alone utilities. According to the Microsoft guidelines , there should be a way to turn it off.
There is an option to turn off UEFI by going to the BOOT tab in BIOS screen and selecting Legacy BIOS option. If you want to get more information on how it needs to be done please reply with the system model.
If you are trying to use Linux operating system or dual Boot mode only then you can switch the BIOS mode to normal.
If you have any further questions please reply to the same post.