Install Windows 8 in legacy vs. UEFI: advantages or disadvantages?

Discussion in 'Installation, Setup and Upgrades' started by Ganesh Ujwal, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. Ganesh Ujwal

    Ganesh Ujwal

    Jan 5, 2015
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    I installed Windows 8 on an SSD under legacy with partition MBR. The mobo supports UEFI BIOS. Now I would like to know:

    Are there are other kinds of advantages of UEFI apart from having secure boot and fast boot?

    It bothers me to reinstall Windows to set UEFI; can I do this without having to reinstall the OS?.

    I read also that with GPT, I may have a few problems installing Linux distributions. Is this true?
    Ganesh Ujwal, Jan 6, 2015
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  2. Ganesh Ujwal


    Feb 2, 2010
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    I would suggest it is a presonal choice, based typically around security.
    Speaking as a domestic user, I have never had any serious security problems, since my first use of Windows way back. I ensure that any critical items, such as bank accounts, are secured by other means - certainly not left on an unattended computer. On that premise, I find the UEFI only nuisance value, and my first action when encountered, it is to disable it.
    Fast Boot? With modern computers - that would be the majority which have UEFI, , SSD's etc, this is no longer a major consideration. For something which is seldom used (I boot up my main computer once a day) it is not worth a thought. There is also the alternative of a start up from hibernation - just as quick.
    davehc, Jan 6, 2015
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