Doesn't this go against the MS recommendations?

Date: 2011-09-23 03:23 pm (UTC)
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From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/20/reengineering-the-windows-boot-experience.aspx :

"For Windows customers, Microsoft is using the Windows Certification program to ensure that systems shipping with Windows 8 have secure boot enabled by default, that firmware not allow programmatic control of secure boot (to prevent malware from disabling security policies in firmware), and that OEMs prevent unauthorized attempts at updating firmware that could compromise system integrity."

Perhaps I'm taking "that firmware not allow programmatic control of secure boot" out of context though - perhaps it is suggesting you need to manually boot into "update mode" and then run such an application. I'd argue once you are providing an update mode you are probably able to provide a disable "secure boot mode" which is easier, right?
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