How to Boot into UEFI Directly from Windows 10

If you want to change the boot priority, enable or disable secure boot or change any other low-level settings, then you need to boot into UEFI mode. Depending on the motherboard manufacturer, you have to press specific keys or a combination of keys on your keyboard to access UEFI mode. Though the splash screen displays the keys you need to press, it can be pretty confusing for beginners. If you are ever in this situation, you can boot into UEFI mode directly from Windows. This eliminates the need to press relevant keys as fast as possible at boot time.

Booting into UEFI from Windows is not hard. However, you can only do this if your motherboard supports or has a UEFI chip on it. If your motherboard doesn’t support UEFI, you cannot boot into UEFI from Windows. That being said, most modern motherboards come equipped with a UEFI chip and supports both UEFI and legacy BIOS.

If you don’t know or are unsure whether your motherboard supports UEFI or not, you can easily verify that directly from Windows.

Check If Your System Supports UEFI or Legacy BIOS

There are several ways to check if you are using UEFI or BIOS.

Windows displays all the system information in a single app called System Information. By accessing the System Information application you can find whether you are using BIOS or UEFI.

1. Press Win + R, type msinfo32 and press Enter. This action will open the System Information app.

2. Select “System Summary” on the left panel. On the right panel you can see whether you are using BIOS or UEFI next to “BIOS Mode.” If you see UEFI, then your system is using UEFI bios. If you see “Legacy,” then your system is using Legacy BIOS.

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Alternatively, you can also find it using the Disk Management tool.

1. Open the Start menu and search for “Check and format hard disk partitions” and open it. Don’t worry, we are not going to partition or format your hard drive.

2. If you see a partition named “Healthy (EFI System Partition),” then your system supports UEFI. If you don’t have this partition, then your system is using Legacy BIOS.

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Once you’ve confirmed your motherboard’s support for UEFI, proceed to the next steps of booting into UEFI directly from Windows 10.

Boot into UEFI from Settings App

To boot into UEFI from the Settings panel, we are going to use the Advanced Start-up options.

1. Search for “Settings” in the Start menu and open it. Go to “Update and Security -> Recovery,” and click on the “Restart Now” button under the Advanced Start-up section.

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2. In the Advanced start-up screen go to “Troubleshoot -> Advanced options,” and click on the “UEFI Firmware Settings” option.

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3. On the next screen click on the Restart button, and you will be taken to the UEFI screen.

Boot into UEFI from Command Prompt

You can also boot into UEFI from Windows by executing a single command.

1. Search for Command Prompt in the Start Menu, right-click on it and select the option “Run as administrator.”

2. In the command prompt, execute the below command:

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3. Windows will show a warning message saying that the system will restart in less than a minute.

Close the warning message and save all your work. The system will automatically restart and boot into UEFI mode.

Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to boot into UEFI directly from Windows 10.

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One comment

  1. Hello Krishna,
    Thanks for the article. I use virtual box in windows 10 but suddenly virtual box displaying message as VT-x is disabled when I tried to enable it through uefi firmware settings I found that uefi firmware sertiset are missing and I am not able to boot into uefi mode. Could you please help me here as I use to run the virtual machines through legacy boot mode only now with sudden windows update I am not able to use virtual box.

    Thanks

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