How to Boot to UEFI BIOS Firmware Settings in Windows 11

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The article provides a detailed guide on booting into a device’s UEFI BIOS Firmware Settings using Windows 11. It highlights several methods, including keyboard shortcuts, the Windows Advanced Startup (WinRE) feature, and terminal commands. These techniques allow users to change their UEFI BIOS settings, an update to older BIOS versions, meeting Microsoft’s mandated support for…

This article describes how to boot into a device’s UEFI BIOS Firmware Settings when using Windows 11.

A few days ago, we showed you how to check your device’s UEFI BIOS firmware version in Windows 11. We said that UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a standard firmware interface created by the UEFI consortium, designed to replace the older BIOS (basic input/output system).

It is designed to improve software interoperability and address the limitations of BIOS, which has been used for decades.

As of Windows 10, version 1703, Microsoft requires UEFI Specification version 2.3.1c to support the handoff of system control from the SoC firmware boot loader to the OS.

If your device has UEFI BIOS chips and you want to boot into it and make changes, use the steps below.

Boot into the device UEFI BIOS firmware settings using the keyboard shortcuts

Most devices will allow you to boot into its UEFI BIOS settings by pressing the Boot or BIOS menu keys. Pressing the correct key at the POST screen will launch the Boot or UEFI BIOS menu.

Some keys to boot into the Boot or BIOS menu are EscDeleteF1F2F10F11, or F12.

Check your device’s manufacturer documents or website for information on how to boot into a device Boot or BIOS menu.

The Volume up or Volume down buttons on tablet devices may get you into the UEFI BIOS.

Depending on your device, you may see a screen similar to the one below.

Select BIOS Setup (F10) to boot to your device UEFI BIOS firmware.

windows boot device into BIOS firmware
Windows boot the device into BIOS firmware

On the UEFI BIOS screen, make all necessary changes and save, then exit.

windows device uefi bios menu screen
Windows device UEFI bios menu screen

Your device may have to reboot for some changes to apply.

Boot into device UEFI BIOS firmware via Advanced Startup (WinRE)

Another way to boot into a device’s UEFI BIOS firmware settings is to use the Windows Advanced Startup (WinRE) feature.

To get there, click Start -> Settings -> System -> Recovery – Advanced Startup. Then, click the Restart now button to restart.

windows advanced startup reboot button
Windows advanced startup reboot button

When Windows boots into Advanced Startup, select Troubleshoot

windows 11 advanced startup boot troubleshoot
Windows 11 advanced startup boot troubleshoot

Then select Advance options.

windows 11 advanced startup boot advanced options
Windows 11 advanced startup boot advanced options

Finally, select UEFI Firmware Settings.

windows advanced startup uefi firmware settings
Windows advanced startup UEFI firmware settings

Windows will reboot into your device’s UEFI BIOS settings.

Boot into your device UEFI BIOS firmware settings using commands

Alternatively, one can use Windows Command Prompt or PowerShell to boot into a device’s UEFI BIOS firmware settings.

To do that, open the Windows Terminal app with either the Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.

Then, run the commands below.

shutdown /r /fw /t 0​

That should do it!

Reference:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/bringup/unified-extensible-firmware-interface

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to boot into a device’s UEFI BIOS firmware settings when using Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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