Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

  johndrew 10:20 19 Jan 2012
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From reading a recent report I see that W8 is to cause the traditional BIOS to become a thing of the past.

Is this progress in real terms or another option for MS to gain control over the use of their products and what will it mean for those who have no wish to use Windows or to dual boot?

There may also be the opportunity for MS to get things wrong and prevent operation of PCs. How does this sit with potential users?

  johndrew 11:56 19 Jan 2012

alan14

I was unaware of that, but then how many Apple users have a dual booted system or buy an 'off-the-shelf' PC to run Mac OS (I don't think it's actually possible). This is a major difference between Mac users and others surely?

  carver 19:06 19 Jan 2012

From what I have read about Windows 8 it may not be possible to duel boot with say Linux along side windows 8.

One other thing is that any software or firmware will have to be certified to get the PC to boot, in effect locking your PC to Microsoft.

  OTT_B 21:05 19 Jan 2012

UEFI mobo's have been around for a while now. In most cases it will only save a few seconds of boot time (ie the POST time of a BIOS motherboard)

johndrew: it's very possible to load OSx onto a 'normal' PC. It's not quite a straight installation, but there are plenty of guides on how to do it without spending any money.

carver: "One other thing is that any software or firmware will have to be certified to get the PC to boot, in effect locking your PC to Microsoft."

Interesting....but I don't understand! Can you explain?

  Forum Editor 23:02 19 Jan 2012

Transferred to Consumerwatch from Speakers Corner.

  carver 06:38 20 Jan 2012
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OTT_B It's only from various sites I have seen and read enter link description here

There are quite a few sites also mentioning the same thing, basically unless it is sighed off by Microsoft the PC will not boot

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