Removing ‘SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly’ watermark in Windows 8.1

UEFI-based PC using Secure Boot with Windows 8.1

If you updated to Windows 8.1 on a UEFI-based PC (e.g., laptop or tablet), you probably notice the “SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly” watermark message in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This message only indicates that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 boot from a trusted firmware, which basically means that the operating system is more capable of stopping malicious software from running.

If you’re seeing the “SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly message”, your Windows device is more than likely to be working fine, but there could be the case that SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. To resolve this issue, you’ll need to enter to the computer’s BIOS to enable and set up this feature. (BIOS are different from manufacturer to manufacturer, so refer to your PC manual to perform this task.)

Can anyone remove this message? Absolutely yes! Microsoft just released an update defined as KB2902864 (Update removes the “Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly” watermark in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2). Just head over to this Microsoft support page, download the patch for your version of Windows 8.1 (x86 or x64), double-click to start the wizard, and follow the instructions.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].