What to Know
- Access your UEFI/BIOS during startup using your system’s unique key.
- Find Secure Boot between the Security and Boot menus and set it to Enabled.
- You should now be able to proceed with your Windows 11 install.
This article explains how to enable Secure Boot in your UEFI/BIOS so that you can proceed with installing Windows 11.
How Do I Enable Secure Boot?
The simplest way to enable Secure Boot is to do so via UEFI/BIOS. It’s usually listed as one of several options within the BIOS, so you can enable it by simply turning it on.
- Startup, or restart your PC or laptop, and as soon as it turns on, repeatedly press keyboard commands to enter UEFI/BIOS. This is specific to your motherboard or system manufacturer, so the actual key may vary, but common methods include Del, F2, F10, F11, and F12.
- For specific instructions on how to use UEFI/BIOS, refer to your motherboard or system manual, or visit your manufacturer’s website. You can also use Windows Boot Manager if you want.
- If your UEFI/BIOS has limited and advanced mode, switch to advanced mode.
- Look for a tab at the top of the screen for Security or Boot, . The Secure Boot option is likely within one of those menus.
- The motherboard being used for the purpose of this guide and screenshot is ASROCK B450M Pro 4. It has both Security and Boot sections, with the Secure Boot option located in the Security menu. The location of Secure Boot may be different in your UEFI/BIOS.
- Look through the list of options you’re looking for in the current tab until you find the Secure Boot option. If you can toggle it on, select it and select Enable.
Alternatively, if Secure Boot has its own submenu, navigate to it first before choosing to enable it.
If your UEFI/BIOS has a shortcut key to save changes, press it. Alternatively, navigate to the Save & Exit tab, and select Save.
When you are satisfied that Secure Boot has been enabled, press the shortcut key to save and exit, or alternatively, navigate to the Save and Exit menu (or equivalent) and select Save and Exit. If you are asked to confirm that you want to save, do so.
FAQ Enable Secure Boot to Install Windows 11
- What if I can’t enable Secure Boot in UEFI/BIOS?
If you can’t find the Secure Boot option in your UEFI/BIOS, it’s likely that your system is too old to provide that functionality. However, you might be able to enable that option by upgrading your UEFI/BIOS firmware. To see if this is possible, visit your system or motherboard manufacturer’s website and see if there is a suitable update for your device.
- How do I disable Secure Boot?
You can turn off Secure Boot using the procedure above. Follow steps 1-3 to enter your BIOS, and then select Disable to turn it off.