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Hi :-) I am upgrading my desktop from windows xp to windows 8.1. When I did a compatibility check, it came up with this message:

Secure Boot isn't compatible with your PC
Your PC's firmware doesn't support Secure Boot so you won't be able to use it in Windows 8.

I was just wonder if there is any way I can fix this problem so that I can run windows 8.1, like maybe upgrading something on my computer.

Thanks so much for your time :-D

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Secure Boot is an added security feature but not required for Windows 8/8.1 so you should still be able to upgrade without issue. At worst, it might add a little watermark message in the bottom corner of your desktop that says Secure Boot isn't configured, but there are ways of removing that if it does do that.

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Areas of expertise: PC Hardware, Peripherals, Barcode Scanners, Printers, and Applications, Networking, Microsoft Applications. I am good at researching issues and have a lot of contacts in the IT industry. So, if I can't directly answer a question I can likely find the answer. Areas I won't be much help in: Apple Computers, Linux, older Networking technologies like Token Ring, or Thick/Thinnet.

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I'm currently a Network Administrator for a contract circuit board manufacturer in Oregon, USA. I've been working on PCs from a hobby standpoint for better than 25 years. I've been doing it professionally for 4+ years.

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