Asus PCs running Windows 7 slam into boot failure after recommended patch
Whoops! Asus turns on Secure Boot for PCs that don’t support it, causing chaos.
Jared Newman | @onejarednewman
May 6, 2016 10:44 AM
Some Asus PC owners running Windows 7 are being treated to an unpleasant surprise as their machines stop booting properly. Instead of booting into Windows 7, users have been running into a “Secure Boot Violation” error message, claiming that the system found “unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system, or UEFI drivers.” As Infoworld reports, the problem stems from Microsoft’s Secure Boot mechanism, which is designed to prevent malware attacks and recently became enabled by default on Asus motherboards. Windows 7 does not support this feature, and for some reason a recent patch (KB 3133977) created a conflict that prevents the operating system from loading.
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