11-16-2014 06:46 AM - last edited on 11-16-2014 08:24 AM by zoltanthegypsy
I am trying to disable UEFI Secure Boot on my Thinkpad Yoga S1 but it keeps getting re-enabled after a reboot. If I set secure boot to disabled I can boot into the non secure OSes installed on the machine imediately afterwards but if the machine is restarted the Secure Boot seting in the BIOS is re-enabled. It's important for me to have secure boot disabled as I use OSes without secure boot.
I try to disable Secure Boot in the BIOS on the following screen :
But if I re-enter the BIOS either after booting into an OS or simply re-entering the BIOS, Secure Boot is back on:
I have also tried to disable "OS Optimzed Defaults" but it also returns to enabled after a restart.
Some of the other BIOS settings save correctly so I can't figure out why the secure boot settings don't. The BIOS version I have is the latest (1.18).
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? It's inconvenient to manually disable secure boot each time I want to use the laptop. The two operating systems (Ubuntu and Android x86) do work reasonably well once booted.
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11-18-2014 07:31 AM
I'm having the same issue. I've experienced this with 4 brand new yogas.
I will enter bios, disable secure boot, enable legacy pxe and upon reboot the changes are lost. I'm saving changes and exiting.
Resetting user mode options, saving changes and not exiting, those have inconsistently allowed me to keep my changes long enough so i can legacy boot.
11-24-2014 05:39 PM
Same here with a brang new TP Yoga.
I have updated BIOS to latest (1.20), the problem is still there.
This is very frustrating. I have done clean installs from USB on two other Thinkpad Yoga and I could disable secure boot without any problem. The only difference is that I was installing new hard-drives at the same time. In this case it is as if the pre-installed windows 8.1 was interfering with BIOS. I have tried to enter the BIOS from Windows 8.1 as explained here: http://itsfoss.com/disable-uefi-secure-boot-in-windows-8/
But same result, changes are never saved. I have confirmed that I can save other changes to the BIOS (e.g. keyboard beep), but secure boot and UEFI/Legacy boot always come back to their original status.
I would be grateful for any pointers!
11-24-2014 06:08 PM
IT FINALLY WORKED FOR ME!
I played with "OS Optimized Defaults" after reading your message more carefully.
Here is what I had to do:
1) in "Restart" tab, select "Disabled" for "OS Optimized Defaults" (accept warnings)
2) In "Restart" tab, select "Load Setup Defaults" (accept warnings)
3) Exit and save changes
In my case secure boot is now disabled and stays disabled after a reboot. A sign that it worked is that the boot screen (first image you see) changed from Lenovo (I think) to the black/white Thinkpad with a red dot.
I was able to boot from USB without any problems after that.
11-29-2014 12:53 PM
It's a feature of the UEFI 'bios' on the laptop that prevents booting up of operating systems without a valid digital signature. Normally this isn't an issue if you are just using Windows but if you want to play around with the boot loaders and try out other operating systems then secure boot can get in the way.