If you need to enter the UEFI or BIOS to adjust settings on the computer, there are several ways to get into this mode. In this tutorial, we will show you how to access UEFI or BIOS from Windows 10 or Windows 11 settings.
Before an operating system starts on the computer, low-level software already takes care of the initialization of essential system components such as data carriers, network adapters, or USB devices. On older systems, the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) was still responsible for this, but it was replaced many years ago by the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). UEFI, the BIOS successor, offers many advantages over the old BIOS, such as the GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition scheme for up to 128 partitions as a replacement for the Master Boot Record (MBR) scheme, network support, or the integration of drivers before the operating system.
Method 1. Boot Settings For UEFI
Access to the UEFI system is necessary above all if you want to change the boot sequence from data carriers to install other operating systems, switch system components such as onboard graphics, sound or LAN on or off, or change the energy settings and possible overclocking of memory and need to adjust CPU. In UEFI you can switch between Secure Boot or “Legacy Mode”, which can still boot older operating systems or boot media without UEFI support.
Compared to the old BIOS settings, UEFI offers a nicer interface, mouse support, and even with the help of network support, the possibility to update the UEFI firmware without special boot sticks or similar.
Method 2. How To Get into UEFI
There are three ways to access the UEFI, for example, to change the boot order and thus install a new operating system such as various Linux distributions, which we will briefly present to you here.
The normal way to get into the BIOS or UEFI on a PC is to press a key right at the start of the PC. Which key has to be pressed varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and is not always displayed at the start. However, the keys F1, F2, F10, or F12 are often used for this.
|HP||F2, F6 or F10|
|Toshiba||F1 or ESC|
|Asus||F2 / Delete|
|Asrock||F2 / Delete|
|Phoenix||Entf, ESC, F2|
|WHICH||F1 or Delete|
For more information, please refer to the manual of the motherboard (main circuit board) or the description of the PC.
The problem for many users is the ability to press the necessary button in time. Today’s systems boot so quickly that it’s easy to miss the right time to invoke UEFI.
UEFI – How to boot into Windows 10 and Windows 11 in UEFI
Windows 10 and Windows 11 have a way of booting the system into UEFI mode. To enable this you have to go to Windows settings.
Open Settings (Win + I) and from there in the System tab, click or tap on Recovery.
Then you find the Advanced startup option from there click on Restart now button.
After that, you’ll get a popup warning you that it’s going to restart your device so save your work, again click on Restart now.
Now, it’s going to restart your computer and you’ll see “Choose an option” from where you have to click on “Troubleshoot”.
Then click on “Advanced Options”.
Now, you can see the “UEFI Firmware Settings” click on that.
Afterward, you’ll see “Restart to change UEFI firmware settings” so now press Restart to continue.
Now that your PC has rebooted you’ll be taken to UEFI/BIOS settings.