How to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Windows

UEFI or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface is a modern software created as a replacement for legacy BIOS with additional features. As this is a pre-boot environment, you cannot access it without restarting the computer. It is the same with BIOS as well. This post will guide you on how you can directly boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Windows.

How to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Windows

Why Does Anyone Want to Boot From Windows to UEFI?

Modern computers are high-speed. They don’t take much time to restart. All you need to make sure to press the DEL or F2 key or any other mentioned key as soon as the OEMs logo appears on the screen.

So while the mentioned steps might look too much, there are scenarios where the keyboard doesn’t get detected during boot time. It used to happen with one of my new keyboards, which connected to an old computer. It was a USB Keyboard, and while there was no error, the keyboard input never worked during pre-boot.

How to find if you have UEFI or Legacy BIOS?

Check BIOS Mode Windows

While the steps will work for both legacy BIOS and UEFI, how to quickly figure out which one you have on the computer.

Open Run prompt (WIN +R), then Type msinfo32 and press the Enter key. It will open the System Properties Window. Locate Bios Mode on the right pane. Check if it’s UEFI or Legacy BIOS.

How to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Windows

There are two methods to boot directly to your motherboard’s UEFI Firmware Settings from inside within Windows:

  1. Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Settings
  2. Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Command Prompt

The command prompt method is a lot faster compared to the Settings method as it involves fewer steps.

1] Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Settings

To access UEFI Settings from Settings, follow the steps:

  • Open Settings > Update and Security > Recovery
  • Click Restart Now under the Advanced Startup section
  • Click on Troubleshoot > Advance options > UEFI Firmware Settings option > Restart

Windows 10 UEFI firmware settings

Your computer will restart and boot to UEFI Firmware Settings.

2] Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from Command Prompt

You can boot into UEFI Settings from Windows with a single command. To access UEFI Settings from Command Prompt or PowerShell or Windows Terminal, follow the steps:

  • Start > Right-click on Command Prompt
  • Select Run on Administrator
  • Execute the below command in the Command Prompt
shutdown /r /fw

Open Windows UEFI Firmware settings from Command Prompt

Windows will show a message saying You’re about to be Signed out. Your computer will restart automatically and boots directly to your UEFI Firmware Settings.

I hope this post will help you to Boot-to-UEFI Firmware Setting from Windows.

What Is the Meaning of UEFI Boot?

With all of the talk about Windows 11, the term UEFI has probably been on your mind more recently, but what exactly is UEFI, and why might you need it?

UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, an interface that connects platforms to operating systems. The new system replaces the outdated Basic Input/Output System, aka BIOS, which has been around for years. Over 140 technology companies formed the UEFI consortium to create the standard.

With UEFI, new technologies can be supported during the boot process before the operating system is loaded. The specification is based on the EFI 1.10 release that Intel® originally published.

How Does UEFI Secure Boot Work?

The UEFI Consortium developed Secure Boot as a security feature, ensuring that only signed and immutable software is loaded during boot.

In Secure Boot, digital signatures are utilized to ensure the code being loaded is authentic, the source is valid, and the integrity is intact. Validation measures are taken to safeguard against a load of malicious code and prevent attacks, such as installing rootkits.

Is My Motherboard UEFI Capable?

UEFI support can be found on your motherboard through Windows, which is the quickest and easiest method. You can do it right now, and here is what you need to do:

  1. Click on the Start menu and search “System Information”.
  2. Open System Information.
  3. Under the “BIOS Mode” section. If it says “UEFI,” it means your motherboard supports UEFI. If it says “Legacy”, it is running BIOS.
Nandini Keshri is a student, writer, and tech enthusiast. When not writing about tech, she loves to write poetry and explore the world.

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