Want to access the UEFI firmware settings to change the default boot order or set a UIFI password? In this guide, we will see how to access the UEFI settings on a Windows 10 running PC.
Most PCs that came pre-loaded with Windows 8 or Windows 10 use UEFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS. Unlike the legacy BIOS, which can be accessed by pressing a manufacturer assigned key, UEFI requires a different route to access its settings.
Check if your PC supports UEFI
As said before, if your PC came preinstalled with Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, your PC likely supports UEFI. But if you are not sure, you can refer to our check if your PC supports UEFI guide to easily know if your PC includes the traditional BIOS or the modern UEFI.
Complete the given below directions to access UEFI settings on a Windows 10 PC.
Method 1 of 3
Access UEFI settings from Windows 10
Step 1: Save your work and close all running programs, if any.
Step 2: Open Settings app by either clicking its icon in the Start menu or simultaneously pressing Windows logo and R keys.
Step 3: Click Update & security icon. Click Recovery.
Step 4: Under Advanced startup section, click Restart now to restart your PC.
Step 5: When you see Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot to visit the Troubleshoot screen.
Step 6: At the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced options to navigate to the same.
Step 7: When you see the Advanced options screen, click UEFI Firmware Settings. Note that the UEFI Firmware Settings option doesn’t appear if your PC doesn’t support UEFI.
Step 8: Finally, when you see UEFI Firmware Settings screen with “Restart to change UEFI firmware settings” message, click the Restart button to restart your PC and get in to UEFI firmware settings.
Method 2 of 3
Use Command Prompt to access UEFI settings from Windows 10
If the Settings app is not opening for some reason, you can use the Command Prompt to access UEFI settings. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start button on the taskbar to open the power user menu and then click Command Prompt (Admin) to run Command Prompt as admin. When you see the User Account Control prompt, click Yes button.
Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, type the following command and then press Enter key.
shutdown.exe /r /o
After typing the command, don’t forget to press the Enter key.
You will see “You are about to be signed off” message. Your PC will restart in less than a minute.
Step 3: Once your PC restarted, follow the directions mentioned in Step 5, Step 6, Step 7 and Step 8 of Method 1 to access UEFI settings.
Method 3 of 3
Another way to access UEFI settings from Windows 10
Step 1: Open the Start menu. Click power button, hold down the Shift key and then click on Restart button.
Step 2: Once your PC rebooted and you’re at Choose an option screen, follow the directions mentioned in Step 5, Step 6, Step 7 and Step 8 of Method 1 (scroll up to see).