I have a MacBook Pro.

I've heard rumours that if Windows 8 is going to have this thing called "Secure boot", Wubi cannot work. At first I plan to install Ubuntu on my mac via Wubi(and windows via bootcamp), but since I can't find my Windows 7 Installation CD, I installed Windows 8 on my Mac and installed Ubuntu on a VM.

Then suddenly Windows 8 Release Preview was released so I decided to install over my existing copy of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

When I went to the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant, it said that the firmware on my Mac doesn't support Secure booting. I don't even know what it means, but since the Upgrade assistant said that the Mac cannot support secure booting, can I install Wubi successfully? And what is secure booting anyways?

Any help will be appreciated.


The point about Secure boot isn't supported is an information point - it's not necessary for your UEFI to support Secure Boot or have it enabled on x86 systems. Wubi should run fine.

As for Secure Boot: Secure Boot is a UEFI feature which signs the bootloader and prevents unsigned firmware or software / drivers from running.

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  • So if I buy a windows 8 computer with Secure booting on it, Wubi should run fine, right? – Emerson Hsieh Jun 3 '12 at 23:57
  • @emersonhsieh you'll have to disable secure boot first. After that, yes you should be able to. – Sathyajith Bhat Jun 4 '12 at 4:52
  • Wubi ran Fine!! – Emerson Hsieh Jun 10 '12 at 0:05
  • @emersonhsieh good to hear that! – Sathyajith Bhat Jun 10 '12 at 5:34

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