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I am going to buy a laptop in the near future. The majority of them have widows 8.x installed and I want to delete it. But before I do, I want to use a linux LiveCD to test the hardware after buying it. I heard or read that a windows 8 computer won't a boot LiveCD because of secure boot. Besides turning off secure boot is there any other settings in the BIOS I need to do?
Last edited by LinuxBestOS; 10-30-2013 at 05:06 PM.
Many of the newest big distro's offer live cd's now to boot. You may have to be careful how you select the boot option. One distro I looked at you had a boot option from bios to select uefi secure boot dvd.
uefi or not, Definitly not.
If you want a new mechine in the uk that does not have uefi on it, you will struggle. Microsoft appears to have an unhealthy grip on our retailers.I will not name sellers that purvay bare metal pc's but they do exist.Even motherboards seem to come with uefi included. Hardly a bonus if you want to choose your operating system.
Some gnu/linux o/s providers have come abi shims for uefi but not all so I would examine my hardware first, not that aquiring shims is an altogether a good thing.
My goal is NOT to keep windows at all. I want to test the hardware and see if I can boot the LiveCD so I can install it. I've read several scenarios on how some laptops had issues booting LiveCDs because of UEFI and secure pooh. Not a typo, Secure boot is secure pooh to me
Originally Posted by jamison20000e
You could save a couple hundred at least doing some homework on buying without window$ and help change the world?
I would go that route but I am buying my laptop with monthly payments from QVC.com
System76 has the coolest and high performance laptops but the prices are too high to pay in one shot.
Anyway, thanks to all repliers here for their input.
Last edited by LinuxBestOS; 11-02-2013 at 12:13 AM.