This is a good thing, as UEFI mode removes hardware limitations that were present with Legacy Mode and adds greater functionality, while Secure Boot ensures that the boot loader is verified and has not been impacted by malware or rootkits. Please read the Building Windows 8 Blog post that gives the full background for Secure Boot and specifies the OEM requirement.
Most customers are using Legacy mode on their client systems even if UEFI mode is available so here are some steps to prepare for UEFI and Secure Boot enabled Windows 8 systems.
1. Evaluate- The following areas of your infrastructure could be impacted by UEFI/Secure boot enabled Windows 8 systems. Review your current environment and evaluate whether UEFI/Secure boot enabled systems will require a change to your:
2. Plan - After identifying areas of your infrastructure that require changes to support UEFI/Secure Boot enabled systems, create a plan to make those modification and identify steps to continue with your current environment until those modifications are made.
3. Test and Implement - Test the required modifications in your lab environment to ensure that they meet your requirements before deploying into production. Once your infrastructure is ready to deploy Windows 8 on UEFI/Secure Boot enabled systems, then you will be ready to take delivery of OEM delivered Windows 8 systems.
Article ID: SLN310069
Last Date Modified: 08/10/2018 04:17 PM
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