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How to Access UEFI in Windows 11

How to Access UEFI in Windows 11

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a low-level software that automatically starts when you boot your computer. It is designed to take the place of the legacy BIOS and comes with various improvements such as advanced security, faster boot time, etc.

However, you won’t be able to access UEFI if you don’t know the right steps. To help you in this situation, we’ll explore different ways to access UEFI in Windows 11. So, let’s begin.

4 Ways to Access UEFI in Windows 11

There are four ways to access the computer’s BIOS/ UEFI settings in a Windows PC. Let’s check out all of them one by one.

1. Access UEFI Using Windows Settings

The quickest way to access the computer’s BIOS/ UEFI is via the Windows Settings app. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Press the Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Choose System from the left sidebar and select the Recovery option from the right pane.
  3. Click the Restart now button next to the Advanced Startup option.
    Restart now option in the Settings app
  4. Click Restart now again to the prompt crops up to confirm your selection. Then, your computer will restart.
  5. After restart, you will be booted to the ‘Choose an option‘ screen. There, choose the Troubleshoot option.
    Troubleshoot option in Advanced menu
  6. Choose Advanced options.
    Advanced Options in Advanced menu
  7. In the Advanced options window, select UEFI Firmware Settings.
    UEFI Firmware Settings in Advanced menu
  8. Click Restart to continue.
    Restart option in Advanced Menu

That’s it! Your computer will now restart to UEFI settings.

2. Access UEFI Using the Run Tool

The Run tool is a Windows utility to quickly open programs, folders, and other options on your Windows PC. You can also use it to open UEFI settings. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Run tool using the Windows + R key.
  2. Type the following command and click OK.
    shutdown /r /o /f /t 00

UEFI accessing command in the Run tool

Your system will now boot into the ‘Choose an option’ screen. Then, head towards Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart.

Read: How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10/11?

3. Access UEFI Using Command Prompt & Windows PowerShell

If you’re a power user, you can use command-line tools like Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell to access the computer’s BIOS / UEFI settings. Follow these steps to do that:

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu.
  2. Type Windows PowerShell in the search bar and select the Run as administrator option in the right pane.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter.
    shutdown /r /o /f /t 00

 

Access UEFI Using Windows PowerShell

Similarly, you can use Command Prompt to restart UEFI settings. Simply launch Command Prompt as an administrator and execute the above command in it.

4. Access UEFI Using the Keyboard Shortcut

Every laptop and desktop manufacturer has a special key that you can press during the system startup to open the UEFI settings. If you want to open UEFI settings in a Windows laptop, here’s a list of UEFI keys for all the top laptop manufacturers:

  • Dell – F2 / F10
  • HP – F10
  • Samsung – F2
  • Asus – F2
  • Lenovo – F2 / Fn + F2
  • Acer – F2 or Del
  • MSI – F11

If you’re on a desktop, check out how to access UEFI on different motherboards:

  1. ASRock – F2
  2. ASUS – F2
  3. Gigabyte – Del
  4. Zebronics – F2
  5. MSI – Del

How do I know if my PC is UEFI?

To check if your PC is UEFI or BIOS, launch the System Information window on your computer. Then, choose the System Summary option in the left sidebar. In the right pane, check the BIOS Mode option to know if your system is UEFI or BIOS.

How to access UEFI Windows 10?

Like Windows 11, it’s a cakewalk to access UEFI settings in Windows 10. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. There, click the Restart Now button under the Advanced Startup section in the right pane. You’ll be booted to the ‘Choose an option’ screen. From there, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart to restart to UEFI settings.

Read: 5 Best Ways to Fix DPC_Watchdog_Violation in Windows 11/10

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