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Windows 7 Reportedly Gets Secure Boot in Last Dying Gasp

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Pour one out for Windows 7, the 13-year-old operating system that is no longer receiving any security updates. It seems, however, that Microsoft has left one big goodbye present for security-conscious users.

Windows 7 technically reached the end of the line on January 14, 2020, but those in enterprise and education could get Extended Security Updates through today. It really seems like this is the time for most people to upgrade — but for those who don’t, Neowin reports that Microsoft has added UEFI and Secure Boot to the antique OS.

Secure boot (opens in new tab) uses PC firmware to check that all software and firmware drivers used at boot are properly signed by  the OEM and manufacturer. It’s pretty late for a feature like this to show up in the OS, but it could be a decent last gasp for organizations that refuse to update to Windows 10 or 11.

Neowin first saw the feature on the Chinese-language CSDN forums. Some people have had some issues enabling UEFI and Secure Boot, and it seems they got stuck at the startup logo due to certain display drivers that need updating. 

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