Is UEFI nessisary for ReactOS? Otherwise lets support it.

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classicgamelover85
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Is UEFI nessisary for ReactOS? Otherwise lets support it.

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My friend tells me that quote "better make sure ReactOS Supports UEFI secure boot if you're going to get a new laptop or pc" Is it really necessary? If it is, then lets not leave it out.

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it's not needed.

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it is not needed at all

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Re: Is UEFI nessisary for ReactOS? Otherwise lets support it

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UEFI support is not currently needed for ReactOS - all PC motherboards still support BIOS booting. If there are any that don't I would be interested in knowing - the day they drop BIOS booting methods is the day they drop the last shred of "IBM PC" compatibility.

The so-called Secure Boot (Important: it does *not* secure anything!) is a whole other can of worms. At present, Motherboards with that mis-feature have the option to disable it. Also, at present any ReactOS user already needs to know enough about their hardware that changing this option is a minor thing.

Keep in mind the only current way to support SecureBoot is for your OS/Bootlader to be blessed by the almighty Microsoft with a special super-secret digital signature. Yes, Microsoft controls this. That aught to be illegal. I don't know how they get away with this.

In the long run, the problem is secure boot will prevent users from causally booting non Microsoft blessed OSes from CD/USB on machines that are not theirs. They may not have permission to change settings.

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Re: Is UEFI nessisary for ReactOS? Otherwise lets support it

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Please note that mainboard manufacturers are free to implement methods to import custom keys. I don't know how many mainboards support this though...

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this UEFI is only in windows 8 based systems windows 7 vista xp and so on didn't demand this.

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Re: Is UEFI nessisary for ReactOS? Otherwise lets support it

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The UEFI must be supported by mainboard in first place, but AFAIK all can be switched to BIOS -> not necessary or critical for ReactOS.

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Dave3434 wrote:this UEFI is only in windows 8 based systems windows 7 vista xp and so on didn't demand this.
No, you are wrong. UEFI is older than Windows 8 and Windows Vista and 7 are compatible with UEFI boot. For example my father has a UEFI based mainboard which is from aronud 2011.

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