Solving Windows 8.1 SecureBoot watermark

One of the new features of Windows 8.1 is something called SecureBoot. The Windows SecureBoot feature is designed to increase the security of your Windows 8.1 system by preventing unauthorized, malicious software from running on your system at boot time by only booting using the firmware that is trusted by the computer’s manufacturer.

If you have upgraded from Windows 8.1 or installed a fresh copy on a recent system, you may end up with a watermark on your desktop saying SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly.

Using PowerShell, you can verify a few things such as:


If it responds with a “False”, SecureBoot isn’t enabled in the BIOS. If it is false, it was never enabled, was enabled but disabled for whatever reason or maybe inadvertently shipped with firmware that has a non-production SecureBoot Policy. By entering the command:


It should respond with a GUID if the correct SecureBoot policy is present.

If you discover that SecureBoot is disabled, you need to go into the BIOS and fix the problem.

If you discover that a non-production SecureBoot policy is present on your system, then you will need to contact your computer manufacturer and ask about their system specific solution.


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