Spoiler: It's not the end of the world

Your PC will still be able to load other OSes if you wish to do so. Windows 8 based ARM devices will be locked down tighter than a drum. #seb #computing #UEFI #Windows #Microsoft

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Windows 8's locked bootloaders: much ado about nothing, or the end of the world as we know it?
Microsoft has published the hardware requirements that manufacturers must follow if they want to slap a "Designed for Windows 8" sticker onto their systems. In among many innocuous requirements—multitouch systems must support at least five points of touch, there must be at least 10 GB of free space available to the user, and more—are a set of requirements for Windows 8 systems' firmware. These requirements have reignited Linux users' fears that they will be locked out of Windows 8 hardware.

5 thoughts on “Spoiler: It's not the end of the world

  1. Sigh.. And to think I wasted my time getting A+ certified…  Boy am I old..  Time to start over.. LOL..


    Guess I shoulda learned Linux


  2. …meaning that there is going to be a lot of new material on the next iteration…


    wonder if they’re going to include smartphones and tablets, since that’s the “future” of computing..



  3. Not sure I understand your follow up comment, Legacy. Windows 8 is being designed with tablets definitely in mind and I wouldn’t be surprised if a stripped down version is headed to Windows phones in the future.

  4. I’m referring to the content of the A+ exams. As you know they cover WinX alot. I wonder if they are going to change soon, to account for all this new tech.

    I need to get on the ball. Know what I mean?

    🙂 I need to get a beta of windows 8 and start learning. Hell I just got used to Windows 7.

    I’m Cert’d on 701 and 702

  5. Just DL’d the Developer Preview Win8 x86 from MSDN.. Will burn this .iso and put it on the box. Not the devtool-included version, since I don’t build apps, but at least I can get a look at it.

    I wonder if it will load on this old hardware with Int12h BIOS or if it has to have TPM chip for the UEFI. I do have an IBM business laptop with trusted platform module. Will try all. Still fuzzy as to whether this signed bootloader thing is for new-gen hardware only or if will still work on old stuff.
    I been out of the tech seen for 15 months. Things change fast.

    It’s quite possible I don’t know what the hell is going on. Quite possible indeed. Experimentation is the best educator!


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