How to disable secure boot on Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

In this article, you will find out how to disable Secure Boot on Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 so you can install a different OS or do a clean Windows installation.

How to disable Secure Boot on Surface Laptop 4

Do you have any issues when you want to install Ubuntu or other Linux distributions on your Microsoft Surface devices? By default, Microsoft has blocked all third-party boot loaders from booting off your Surface devices.

To fix this, you will need to disable the secure boot on your Surface so you can install a different operating system or do a clean Windows installation. In this tutorial, we will walk you through how to disable and re-enable Secure Boot on Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

  1. What is Secure Boot?
  2. How to disable Secure Boot on Surface Laptop 4
  3. How to re-enable Secure Boot on Surface Laptop 4

1 What is Secure Boot?

Secure Boot is a new security feature that is available only on PCs that has UEFI enabled to block the loading of uncertified bootloaders and drives. It helps to prevent your Surface from being loaded with unauthorized operating systems and malicious software applications. All Surface devices ship with Microsoft’s certificate stored in UEFI to verify boot loader integrity before launching it.

There are three options available in Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 UEFI for the Secure Boot setting.

Secure Boot is configured by selecting a Secure Boot certificate keyset. There are three keysets to choose from on this PC.

  • Microsoft only: Only boot software signed by Microsoft will execute on the PC.
  • Microsoft & 3rd-party CA: Boot software which is signed by Microsoft or the Microsoft Corporation UEFI CA 2011 will execute on the PC. Choose this option for compatibility with 3rd-party UEFI software and drivers.
  • None: No keyset is installed and Secure Boot is disabled. Any boot software will execute on the PC. This configuration is not recommeded and should only be used by advanced users.

2 How to disable Secure Boot on Surface Laptop 4

To disable secure boot on Microsoft Surface Laptop 4:

  1. Shut down your Surface Laptop 4.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up (F4) key on your Surface, then press and release the Power Key next to the Del key.
  3. When you see the Surface logo appear, release the Volume Up button. The Surface UEFI screen will appear in a few seconds.How to Enter Surface Laptop 3/4 UEFI/BIOS Settings
  4. Go to the Security page, under the Secure Boot section click Change configuration.
    You can notice that the current setting for Secure Boot is Enabled.Disable Secure Boot on Surface Book 001
  5. On the Change Secure Boot configuration dialog, change the option to None, and click OK to apply the option.Disable Secure Boot on Surface Book 002
  6. Now the current setting of Secure Boot will be changed to Disabled.
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  7. Now go to the Exit page, and click Restart now to save the settings and restart your Surface.Disable Secure Boot on Surface Book 004
  8. After rebooting, if you see a red bar with an unlock icon in the middle, it means the Secure Boot is successfully disabled.Disable Secure Boot on Surface Go 005

3 How to re-enable Secure Boot on Surface Laptop 4

When you finish your OS installation, you should re-enable the Secure Boot option to protect your Surface from malware and to remove the red bar on your device’s boot screen when it startup. To do so:

  1. Follow all the steps above to go to the Security page.
  2. Make sure to select Microsoft only if your current OS is Windows 10, and click OK.
    Enable Secure Boot on Surface Book
  3. Now go to the Exit page, and click Restart now to save the settings and restart your Surface.Disable Secure Boot on Surface Book 004

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