How to Enable Secure Boot on Windows 10 PC to install Windows 11?

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Apart from having a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) technology in your computer, you still need the secure boot feature enabled to upgrade your current operating system to Windows 11.

But before we dig deeper to the discussion, it is necessary to understand what this Secure Boot feature is.

What is Secure Boot?

In a nutshell, it is a feature introduced by Microsoft in UEFI-based computers. If activated and fully configured, this feature can resist malware and attacks from unknown sources.

It detects abrupt tampering with boot loaders, unauthorized ROM options by checking their digital signatures. The detected issues are then blocked to fortify the system from unprecedented malware infection.

Secure Boot only allows the PC to boot with reliable software from the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).
But regardless of all the beneficial experiences, the feature obstructs you if enabled from running operating systems like Linux.
In this article, we will walk you through ways to first check if it is enabled or not to the ways to upgrade your OS using Secure Boot.

How to Check Secure Boot If Enabled or Disabled?

Just go through the steps detailed below, and make sure to stick to it to avoid any firmware mayhem.

Step 1. Go to the “search” option and type “System Information”.
Step 2. Select the top option from the search result.
Step 3. From the left side pane, click on the “System Summary” option.
Step 4. Now, check the “Secure Boot State”. If it shows ON, it is obviously Enabled. If it displays OFF, it is Disabled or unavailable in some cases.

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How to Enable the Secure Mode Feature?

If the Secure Boot feature is disabled, then surely you can enable it, provided your BIOS set-up is UEFI.

NOTE: This method is a bit risky since altering the incorrect firmware settings can hinder your system from booting appropriately. So you need to have a good reason to access your motherboard if needed. Above all, you should be aware of what you are doing and then proceed with caution.

Step 1. Go to “Settings”.
Step 2. Click on the “Update and Security” button.
Step 3 Click on the “Recovery” option.
Step 4. Now look for the “Advanced Startup” section, check for the “Restart Now” button, and then click on it.

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Step 5. On the blue screen that shows up next, click on the “Troubleshoot” option.

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Step 6. Click on the “Advanced options”.

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Step 7. Click on the “UEFI firmware settings” option.

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WARNING: If you have legacy BIOS, then this option is unavailable.
Step 8. Click the “Restart” button.

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Step 9. Now either go to the Boot menu or security settings.
Step 10. Choose the “Secure Boot” option and hit “Enter”.
Step 11. Select the “Enabled” option and hit “Enter” one more time.

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Step 12. Exit your UEFI or Settings page interface and confirm the changes you just made to reboot your computer.
After your system restarts, you will find this feature enabled on your computer.

Now your device is ready for an upgrade to Windows 11 OS version.

Conclusion:
As a matter of fact, you can enable the Secure Boot by booting into the UEFI boot mode during the startup, instead of tampering with the Settings.

Secure Boot enabling is all about giving you the access to upgrade your current OS to Windows 11. But before you set out to do that, make sure that the Windows 11 preview will be a helpful and suitable operating system environment or not.

In case it turns out to be an impediment after your upgrade, there is a guided article on this website where you can learn how to roll back to Windows 10 version from Windows 11.

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