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Enable Secure Boot to block malware attacks, virus infections, and the use of nontrusted hardware or bootable CDs or DVDs that can harm the computer. You can also disable Secure Boot to use trusted but unrecognized hardware (such as older video cards) or to boot from unrecognized recovery media.
All HP computers manufactured with Windows 11 and 10 come with Secure Boot enabled by default.
If you run the Windows 11 operating system without Secure Boot, it might cause instability and prevent Windows from making updates to your computer.
Secure Boot settings for consumer notebook computers
To enable or disable Secure Boot on an HP consumer notebook, first confirm if Legacy Support is available and enabled.
Turn off the computer.
Press the power button to turn on the computer, and then immediately press the esc key repeatedly until the Startup Menu opens.
Press f10 to open BIOS Setup .
Use the right arrow key to select System Configuration , use the down arrow key to select Boot Options , and then press enter .
Find Legacy Support in the list.
If Legacy Support is not listed, continue to the next step.
If Legacy Support is listed and you are enabling Secure Boot , use the down arrow to select Legacy Support , press enter , select Disabled , press enter , and then continue to the next step.
If Legacy Support is listed and you are disabling Secure Boot , continue to the next step.
Use the down arrow key to select Secure Boot , and then press enter .
Use the down arrow key to select Enabled or Disabled , depending on your requirements.
Press enter to save the change.
If you enabled Secure Boot , depending on your notebook, press f10 to save the changes and reboot, or use the left arrow key to select the File menu, use the down arrow key to select Save Changes and Exit , and then press enter to select Yes to confirm the change.
If you disabled Secure Boot , continue to the next step.
Use the arrow keys to select Legacy Support , press enter to change the setting to Enable , press enter , select Yes in the confirmation window, and then press enter .
Use the down arrow key to select a device in the Legacy Boot Order menu, and then press f5 and f6 to move the device down or up.
Press f10 to accept the changes, use the left arrow key to select Yes , and then press enter to Exit Saving Changes and restart the computer.
If an Operating System Boot Mode Change message is displayed, type the code shown, and then press enter and start Windows.
Turn off the computer and wait a few seconds. Then, turn on the computer, and immediately press esc repeatedly until the Startup Menu opens.
When the Startup Menu is displayed, press f9 to select Boot Device Options .
When Boot Manager opens, use the down arrow key to select a boot device, and then press enter to start the computer from the selected device.
Secure Boot settings for commercial notebooks and workstations
Use the BIOS settings to enable or disable Secure Boot on an HP commercial notebook or workstation computer.
Select BIOS Setup (F10) , and then press enter .
Select the Advanced tab, and then select Secure Boot Configuration .
Click the Configure Legacy Support and Secure Boot drop-down menu, and then select Legacy Support Disable and Secure Boot Enable to enable Secure Boot , or select Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable to disable it.
If you enabled Secure Boot , select the Main tab, select Save Changes and Exit , and then click Yes to confirm the change.
Select the Main tab, select Save Changes and Exit , and then click Yes to display a PIN.
Type the PIN, and then press enter .
Select BIOS Setup (F10), and then press enter .
Select the Advanced tab, and then select Boot Options .
Under Legacy Boot Order , select a boot device, and then press enter .
Select the Main tab, select Save Changes and Exit , and then click Yes to confirm.
The computer starts from the bootable device selected.
Secure Boot settings for desktop computers
Use the BIOS settings to enable or disable Secure Boot on an HP desktop computer.
Press the power button to turn on the computer, and then immediately press the f10 key repeatedly until the Computer Setup Utility opens.
Use the arrow keys to select the Security menu, select Secure Boot Configuration , and then press enter .
When the Secure Boot Configuration message is displayed, press f10 .
Change the Secure Boot setting.
To enable Secure Boot , use the arrow keys to select Disable next to Legacy Support , and then select Enable next to Secure Boot . Press f10 to accept the changes.
To disable Secure Boot , use the arrow keys to select Disable next to Secure Boot , and then select Enable next to Legacy Support . Press f10 to accept the changes, and then continue to the next step.
Press f10 again, and then press enter twice to restart the computer.
If you disabled Secure Boot, type the four-digit code displayed in the Operating System Boot Mode Change message, and then press enter to confirm the change.
Make sure that you type the code correctly. There is no text field to see what you are typing. This behavior is expected.
Press the power button to turn off the computer, wait a few seconds, turn on the computer, and then immediately press esc repeatedly until the Startup Menu opens.
Use the down arrow key to select a device under the Legacy Boot Sources heading, and then press enter to start the computer from the selected device.
Frequently asked questions
Read frequently asked questions about how Secure Boot works and to troubleshoot any issues.
Is my computer at risk if I disable Secure Boot?
With Secure Boot disabled, your computer is at greater risk from rootkit infections that install themselves before the Windows boot process. Antivirus or security software typically does not protect against these types of threats.
Disabling Secure Boot might also cause system instability and prevent Windows from making updates to your computer.
Can I upgrade to Windows 11 without Secure Boot?
Your computer must be Secure Boot capable to upgrade to Windows 11.
Any PC sold with Windows 10 is Secure Boot capable. Your BIOS settings might cause your computer to appear to not be Secure Boot capable.
To upgrade to Windows 11, you must disable Legacy Boot and enable UEFI BIOS.
What if the computer does not boot properly after installing new hardware?
If the computer does not start, a blue or a blank screen is displayed, or a BIOS error is displayed after installing new compatible hardware, such as a video card, Secure Boot might not recognize it. Return the computer to its original state, and then enable Legacy Boot to install the new component.
Uninstall the new hardware or component, and then reinstall the original component.
Use the instructions provided for your computer to enable Legacy Boot:
Turn off the computer, reinstall the new component, and then restart the computer.
What if I cannot boot from a recovery USB flash drive?
Secure Boot prevents legacy boot devices from starting your computer, including bootable CDs, DVDs, and USB flash drives. To start your computer from valid recovery media, enable Legacy Support , and then select the correct drive as the boot device.
Insert the CD, DVD, or USB flash drive into the computer.
Press the power button to turn off the computer, and then wait 5 seconds.
Press the power button again to turn on the computer.
The computer starts from the selected boot source.
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How to disable secure boot on your computer.
It's a simple procedure that includes visiting your system's UEFI setup menu.
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To disable Secure Boot on your PC:
1. Restart your PC while holding Shift, or access the "Advanced Startup" menu by typing "Advanced Startup" in Windows Search and then restart your PC from there.
2. Locate the Secure Boot option in your BIOS/UEFI setup menu and disable it. You might have to tweak some other settings in BIOS/UEFI to be able to toggle the Secure Boot option.
3. Save your changes and restart your PC.
Secure Boot is a security feature supported on Windows and some Linux distros. Below you can learn how to disable Secure Boot from the UEFI setup menu, how to locate the Secure Boot toggle, and what Secure Boot is and why it’s important.
Secure Boot is a security feature available on most modern computers –and on most modern motherboards, in the case of desktop PCs– that prevents malware and other malicious software from tampering with the operating system installed on the said computer by executing itself during the boot procedure, before the OS loads. If all’s right and the boot procedure goes as planned, UEFI gives control to the OS after the system boots.
In a nutshell, Secure Boot is a verification mechanism that scans any piece of code that tries to run itself on your PC during the early stages of the boot process for digital signatures confirming the software in question is legit and secure. If a piece of code doesn’t include specific digital signatures, Secure Boot prevents it from executing and potentially tampering with your system.
The process of disabling Secure Boot is simply to enter your BIOS/UEFI menu, finding the Secure Boot toggle, then saving your settings. Note that the BIOS/UEFI menu can look and be organized very differently depending on your computer. If you have trouble following with your device, check out our hints at the end of the instructions.
Step 1: Enter BIOS/UEFI Setup
To disable Secure Boot, you need to access your PC’s UEFI/BIOS setup menu . The most straightforward way to do that is to restart your PC and then hit the appropriate key during the boot sequence. For example, the BIOS setup key is Del on MSI motherboards (the motherboard brand found in my PC).
However, other motherboard and laptop manufacturers have different BIOS setup keys. Depending on the manufacturer, they’re usually set to F1, F2, F9, F10, F12, or Del. Some manufacturers use unique keys or key combinations; on Microsoft Surface laptops you have to hold the volume up button, and on Lenovo ThinkPad devices you need to first press Enter and then hit the F1 key.
If you don’t want to experiment and restart your PC multiple times before discovering the BIOS/UEFI setup key, simply hold Shift and restart your PC —Start Menu > Power button > Restart. Hold Shift until you’re presented with the “Advanced Startup” menu, like in the screenshot below. Once there, click the “Troubleshoot” button.
Next, click the “Advanced Options” button.
Then click the “UEFI Firmware Settings” button.
Finally, hit the “Restart” button, and you’ll be greeted with the BIOS setup menu once your PC restarts.
Another way to access the BIOS setup is to open Windows search, type “Advanced Startup,” and then open the “Advanced Startup” menu.
Once there, click the “Restart Now” button. After your PC restarts, you’ll be greeted with the same options as when you restart your PC while holding the Shift button, so follow the steps we listed above.
Note that you can also access the BIOS/UEFI setup on most PCs by holding the F2 key and pressing the power button while the device is powered off. Just keep holding the F2 key after your device turns on until you enter the BIOS setup.
Step 2: Disable Secure Boot in BIOS/UEFI
Once you enter the BIOS/UEFI setup menu, you need to find the Secure Boot option. On MSI motherboards and laptops, click the “Settings” button and then click the “Advanced” tab.
Once there, click the “Windows OS Configuration” tab.
Next, click the “Secure Boot” tab.
Once you’re inside the “Secure Boot” option menu, you’ll see whether Secure Boot is enabled or disabled on your machine. If it’s enabled, and you want to disable it, click the button and select the “Disable” option.
Once you’re done, exit the BIOS setup and make sure to save the changes you’ve made —in the case of MSI motherboards and laptops, just hit the “X” button in the upper right corner and save the changes when prompted.
If you cannot enable Secure Boot on an MSI motherboard, you’ll most likely be greeted with the following notification when trying to change the setting: “System in Setup Mode! Secure Boot can be enabled when System in User Mode. Repeat operation after enrolling Platform Key(PK).”
If that happens, change the Secure Boot mode option from “Standard” to “Custom.”
Then, switch back to “Standard,” and click “Yes” when prompted to “Install Factory Defaults.”
Next, select “No” when asked whether to exit without saving.
Now you should be able to enable or disable Secure Boot without issues.
What to Do if You Can't Find Secure Boot
Remember that these settings differ on different laptops and motherboards. For example, on ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards and laptops, Lenovo PCs, and most other motherboards and laptops, you can locate the Secure Boot toggle in the “Security” tab of the BIOS setup menu.
On Acer laptops, the toggle is either located in the “Security” or “Boot” menus. On most Dell devices, the option is found in the “Boot” or “Boot Sequence” tabs. On HP devices, you can find the Secure Boot toggle in the “Boot Options” menu in the “System Configuration” tab or the “Boot Options” tab.
Note that, as is the case with MSI motherboards and laptops, there’s a chance you’ll have to tweak some other settings in order to be able to toggle Secure Boot or make the option appear in the first place. On some systems, you need to enable the BIOS advanced mode by pressing the F7 key; on others, you’re required to create a BIOS administrator password , restore default BIOS settings, load default platform keys, etc. If you encounter issues, just Google “how to enable/disable Secure Boot” on your motherboard, PC, or laptop brand. For example, if you own a Razer laptop , Google “How to disable Secure Boot on Razer laptops.”
On Windows 10 and 11, open Windows Search, type “System Information,” open the System Information app, and look for a row titled “Secure Boot State.” If it’s on, you have Secure Boot enabled; if the “Secure Boot State” reads off, you have it disabled. For a more in-depth guide as well as other ways to check if Secure Boot is enabled on your PC, read our guide on how to check if Secure Boot is enabled on your PC .
If you’re a regular user, disabling Secure Boot doesn't offer much of a benefit. The feature doesn’t affect your PC's performance , but it does increase overall security and prevents malware from messing up your system. In other words, there’s no harm in keeping Secure Boot enabled in most cases.
If you plan on dual booting a modern Windows OS —think Windows 10 or Windows 11-– along with either some Linux distro or an older Windows OS, you might have to disable Secure Boot since Secure Boot can block the second OS from booting. Some older pieces of hardware also don’t work well with Secure Boot, so if you encounter any issues, you might have to disable Secure Boot.
Note that you can install Windows 11 only on machines with support for Secure Boot. This means that you don’t have to have Secure Boot enabled to install and run Windows 11, but your system has to support the option.
It’s also worth noting that some multiplayer games that come with kernel-level anti-cheat software , such as Valorant, won’t run unless you’ve Secure Boot enabled. So if you want to play those games, you have to enable Secure Boot.
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How to Disable Secure Boot on HP Laptops in Windows 10
Microsoft has allowed Secure Boot support to run on the top of UEFI in order to ensure that Windows 10 is ransomware secured. Secure Boot indicates that it only uses hardware that the manufacturer trusts when the PC boots. However, owing to some hardware misconfiguration, you would need to deactivate Secure Boot on Windows 10 multiple times.in this post, you are going to learn how to disable secure boot on HP laptop in Windows 10 from BIOS and also from Windows settings.
If you are curious about what UEFI is, it moves to the next version of the Popular BIOS, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. It is robust, can hold more data, much quicker than BIOS and nearly like a small operating system that runs on a PC firmware, and can do much more than just a BIOS. The great thing about it is that the OEM upgrades it with the Windows Update.
Since Windows 10 features security features such as Safe Boot, Windows Defender Device Protect, and Windows Defender Exploit Guard. This is a collection of the following features:
- Faster boot and resume times.
- It easily supports large hard drives (more than 2 terabytes) and drives with more than four partitions.
- Support for multicast deployment, which allows PC manufacturers to broadcast a PC image that can be received by multiple PCs without overwhelming the network or image server.
- Support for UEFI firmware drivers, applications, and option ROMs.
What’s a Secure Boot?
In simple words, disabling the secure boot alternative does not prohibit Windows from booting two operating systems, booting from an outside drive or from booting Windows to provide Windows with protection against unauthorized machines in particular. As Windows started running UEFI instead of BIOS, secure booting began with Windows 8 and later versions, including Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
Here are some of the requirements that will be enabled on your PC after you disable the Windows stable boot option:
- You will boot Windows from an external computer like a USB or CD on your PC.
- Dual OS operating Windows of Debian, Ubuntu, or Fedora.
- Windows startup using Windows Login Recovery Software
- Running the previous versions of Windows and so on.
So, without further ado, here’s how to disable the UEFI secure boot on HP laptops in Windows 10 :
Method 1. Disable Secure Boot on HP Laptops from Settings
Step 1 . Press the Win key + I to open Windows Settings and then select Update & Security .
Step 2 . Select the Recovery option on the left-hand side and select Restart now .
Step 3 . Select Troubleshoot .
Step 4 . Select the Advanced options .
Step 5 . Select UEFI Firmware Settings and press enter and then select Restart .
Step 6 . On startup boot select F10 to go BIOS Setup.
Step 7 . Go to the System Configuration tab and select Boot Options using the arrow keys and press enter .
Step 8 . Go to the Secure Boot option and press enter.
Step 9 . Now, make sure it’s disabled and press enter .
Step 10 . Now, as you can see in the screenshot below that the secure boot option is disabled . Press F10 to save and exit.
Alternative Method to Disable Secure boot on HP Laptop from BIOS
There’s also an alternative way to disable the secure boot on the HP laptop from the BIOS:
Step 1 . Restart your HP laptop and then press the F10 key on your keyboard to go to BIOS .
Step 2 . Go to the System Configuration tab and select Boot Options using the arrow keys and press enter.
Step 3 . Go to the Secure Boot option and press enter.
Step 4 . Now, make sure it’s disabled and press enter.
Step 5. Now, Press F10 to save and exit.
After you disable Secure Boot and update other software and hardware, it can be impossible to re-activate Secure Boot without returning your PC to the factory state. Even, be careful when adjusting your BIOS settings. The BIOS menu is intended for experienced users, and you can adjust the settings that could keep your PC from starting correctly. Make sure to follow the directions of the maker precisely.
This is how you can disable the UEFI secure boot option on your HP laptops in Windows 10. If you want to re-enable the secure boot option on your PC, follow the same steps as stated above and change the secure boot option from Disabled to Allowed in the BIOS protection settings.
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