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Why is my Windows 7 System giving me a Secure Boot Violation Error Message?

Article ID: 574
Last updated: 16 May, 2016
Article ID: 574
Last updated: 16 May, 2016
Revision: 11
Views: 3560
Posted: 16 May, 2016
by Andrew Sharrad
Updated: 16 May, 2016
by Andrew Sharrad

Problem

If you are running Windows 7 and your system uses an Asus motherboard, you may find that your system starts giving you an error message when you boot up, claiming that there is a "Secure Boot Violation".

Cause

The cause is a Spring 2016 Windows Update which causes systems that contain Asus motherboards to incorrectly enable Secure Boot. As Secure Boot is not supported by Windows 7, this results in the error message above.

Note: If you have not recently installed Windows Updates on your system, or if you are deploying a brand new system for the first time, you may not be affected by this precise issue. However the instructions below on disabling Secure Boot for Windows 7 still apply.

Resolution

The resolution depends on whether or not you have a small number of systems affected, or if you are  managing an issue that could potentially affect a large number of systems.

Small Numbers of PCs

To resolve this problem, disable Secure Boot in the BIOS Setup:

  • Start the system and go into the BIOS by tapping the F2 or DEL key when the Stone / Asus splash screen appears.
  • Press F7 to go into Advanced Settings.

  • Go to the Boot Menu.

  • Go into the Secure Boot Submenu.

  • Change the OS type from Windows UEFI Mode to Other OS.

  • Press F10 Save changes and exit the BIOS.

​Large Estates of PCs

To prevent this issue becoming a problem with a large number of PCs, consider whether you need to apply the Microsoft Update 3133977 to your Windows 7 systems:

  • Only deploy this update to machines that you are trying to encrypt with Bitlocker at the same time as having FIPs mode enabled.​
  • If you need to deploy this update, we recommend you deploy this update in manageable stages so that you can deal with any BIOS settings changes that are required.
  • If you do not use Bitlocker on a machine, or do not use Bitlocker and FIPs, or if the machine is already encrypted, you may not need to deploy this update to that machine.

More Information

This problem affects many systems based on Asus motherboards that support Secure Boot. The problem is not limited to systems manufactured by Stone Computers.

  • The Microsoft KB article which contains information about this update, and the issues it causes can be found here.
  • An Asus web page which confirms this problem is available here.

​If you are running Windows 8.x1, or Windows 10, you are not affected by this issue, as these operating systems are supported by Secure Boot.

Applies to:

  • Stone Desktops and All-In-One systems based on Asus motherboards
  • Branded Asus laptops.

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Article ID: 574
Last updated: 16 May, 2016
Revision: 11
Views: 3560
Posted: 16 May, 2016 by Andrew Sharrad
Updated: 16 May, 2016 by Andrew Sharrad
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