Turn On Secure Boot for Windows 11 Installation

Gemma updated on Aug 18, 2021 to Knowledge Center

Windows 11 now has some mandatory limitations on computer configurations for users who want to upgrade from Windows 10 to the new version. Including the UEFI boot method, GPT disk style, TPM 2.0, and secure boot. 

In this article, we will focus on the last one, secure boot, telling you how to enable secure boot for the Windows 11 installation.

What is Microsoft Secure Boot?

Secure Boot is a feature associated with UEFI-based computers. The main purpose of Secure Boot is to provide security measures that were not possible before by ensuring that only trusted software components signed by Microsoft or computer manufacturers (OEMs) are used during the startup process.

So you can see that since Windows 11 requires the UEFI boot mode, and the Secure Boot feature is associated with UEFI-based computers. It's a necessary option for users to enable Secure Boot. Keep reading, in the next part, we will tell you how to enable it.

How to Enable Secure Boot for Windows 11

Don't be afraid if you are not a computer expert, follow the step-by-step guide, you can do it on your own. But one thing to remember, before turning on the secure boot feature, you need to make sure you have changed the boot mode into UEFI. If you don't know how or you don't know how to check your computer's boot mode, you can refer to this page. How to Check Your Computer Boot Mode?

Step 1. Search Advanced startup in Windows search bar. Then select Change advanced startup options.

Change advanced startup options

Step 2. Under Recovery > Advanced startup, click the Restart now button.

Click Restart now button

Step 3. Your computer will restart, and showing the Choose an option screen. Select Troubleshoot.

Choose Troubleshoot

Step 4. Choose Advanced options.

Choose advanced options

Step 5. Choose UEFI Firmware Settings.

Choose UEFI Firmware Settings

Step 6. Now your computer will restart again, and it will start in BIOS.

Step 7. Under the BIOS settings, you need to click the Security tab.

Step 8. Find the Secure Boot option, use the Up and Down arrow to choose this option, then change the status into Enabled.

Enable the secure boot

Download and Install Windows 11

You have now enabled the secure boot of your computer. If you want to check the status, you can apply this tool to check if your PC meets the system requirements of Windows 11. On this same page, you will also find Windows 11 DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL solutions. EaseUS has developed a toolkit to help you install Windows 11 with ease.

Windows 11 Requirements Free Checker

Extra Tip: Windows 11 MBR or GPT?

You have known that one of the requirements of Windows 11 is the computer boot mode should be UEFI. And this requirement can answer the question, Windows 11 needs the disk style to be GPT. It's because the UEFI boot mode requires a GPT disk style. If your disk is MBR, you can apply EaseUS Partition Master to convert the disk style without data loss.

EaseUS Partition Master is designed for users to manage their computer partitions easier and more conveniently. If you don't have enough computer knowledge and want to keep your disk data at the same time, choose this tool to convert from MBR to GPT is the best choice.

You can download this tool, and follow the guide below to see how can you convert MBR to GPT.

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More to Know: Does Secure Boot Affect Performance?

Some users worried about enabling the Secure Boot would slow down their computers. There's no need to be. Enabling the Secure Boot only adds protections and prevents your computer from virus attacks. It would only protect your computer, not slow down your computer.

Conclusion

Upgrading to Windows 11 is quite different from other Windows 10 updates. You need to do more to meet the requirements of Windows 11. But with our Windows 11 guides, you don't need to worry if you have no idea how to upgrade by yourself. What's more, even if you find Windows 11 is not so advanced, you still have a chance to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10. Good luck, and hope you can enjoy the journey of the new Windows OS.

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