How to boot Windows computer into UEFI or BIOS firmware

Many a time you need to reboot into the computer firmware, i.e., UEFI or BIOS. If your hardware keys are failing to boot you into BIOS or UEFI, you will need to do this. In this post, I will share how you can directly re-boot Windows into UEFI or BIOS firmware.

How to directly boot into UEFI or BIOS firmware on Windows reboot

Boot Windows into UEFI or BIOS firmware

There are three ways to boot your Windows computer into the UEFI/BIOS:

  1. Using Keyboard Key
  2. Using Shift+Restart
  3. Using Command Prompt
  4. Using Settings.

1] Using Keyboard Key.

When starting your computer, you can continue pressing the right key for your system, to enter the UEFI/BIOS. The right key for your system could be F1, F2, F10, etc. – and it depends on your manufacturer. You may be able to see which key, in the bottom left or right side of your boot screen, when your computer is booting.

2] Using Shift+Restart

Press the Shift key and then on the Restart power option, and your computer will boot into Advanced Startup Options.

Once Advanced Startup Options screen appears, select Advanced options > Firmware settings.

How to boot Windows into UEFI or BIOS firmware

Your computer will reboot into UEFI/BIOS.

3] Using Command Prompt

We know that there is a way to shut down the computer from the command line. What many do not know is that it comes with options which helps you customize the shutdown option.

One of the options in Windows 10, is to boot into UEFI or BIOS. It works as follows:

Open the Command Prompt with admin privileges, type the following and hit Enter:

shutdown /fw /r

This command has three switches

  • /fw – Combine with a shutdown option to cause the next boot to go to the firmware user interface.
  • /r – reboots the computer.

The computer will inform you.

The default is 30 seconds, and once the computer restarts, you may see such a screen.

You will see the Startup Menu. Press F10 to proceed. The F10 is for my HP desktop. It could be different for your make.

4] Using Settings

Go to Windows Settings > Update and Security > Recovery > Advanced Options.

boot into firmware

Once Advanced Startup Options screen appears, select Advanced options > Firmware settings.

The computer will restart automatically and take you to the firmware settings.

TIP: If for some reason you need to do it more often, it is best to create a shortcut, and add the comment shutdown /fw /r /t 10 in it.

We hope you find this tip useful.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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