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How to Access UEFI BIOS on Windows 10 PC/Laptop/Tablet

You can easily access BIOS settings on classical PCs by pressing a function key (F2, F10, Del, ESC) to interrupt the boot process. However, this doesn’t work on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1/8 anymore, because they usually run on newer machines with UEFI BIOS and the boot process is too fast to interrupt. It confused many people that how to access BIOS in Windows 10. Now here show several options to access UEFI BIOS on Windows 10 PC/laptop/tablet.


Two options to access UEFI BIOS on Windows 10 PC/laptop


Option 1: Access UEFI BIOS in Windows 10 through PC Settings

Step 1: Press Win key on your keyboard to bring out Windows 10 Start menu. Then click Settings.

Click Settings

Step 2: On Settings panel, select Update&security.

Choose Update&security

Step 3: Select Recovery and click Restart now.

Click Restart now

Step 4: Windows 10 will quickly restart and display the blue screen. Choose Troubleshoot.

Choose Troubleshoot

Tips: On the screen above, you can set your Windows 10 PC/laptop to boot from a USB drive or CD/DVD drive by choosing Use a device.

Step 5: On the next screen, select Advanced options.

Step 6: Many options display. Select UEFI Firmware Settings option.

Choose UEFI Firmware Settings

Step 7: Next, click Restart to restart your PC/laptop once again. Then Windows 10 will restart and boot to UEFI BIOS.

Option 2: Access UEFI BIOS in Windows 10 through Shift + Restart

In Windows 10 desktop, click Win icon to bring out Start menu, and click Power. Then click Restart while pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard.

Alternative: If you can’t sign in your Windows 10, you also can click Power icon on the sign in screen. Then click Restart while holding Shift key.

Click Start while holding on Shift key

Then Windows 10 will immediately restart and boot to the Choose an option blue screen, on which select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings, and then click Restart to restart your PC/laptop so that Windows 10 will boot to UEFI BIOS setup.

Quick way to access UEFI BIOS on Windows 10 surface tablet

If you are running Windows 10 on a surface tablet, you have a quicker way to access its UEFI BIOS, by pressing a few buttons.

Step 1: Make sure your surface tablet is powered off. If not, shut down the surface right now.

Step 2: Press and then release the Power button while pressing and holding the Volume Up button on the left side of the surface.

Press Power button while holding Volume Up button

Step 3: Release the Volume Up button when your surface logo is displayed. Then UEFI BIOS setup should display.

Tips: This quick way only works on Microsoft surface tablet.

Conclusion: When you successfully access to UEFI BIOS in Windows 10, you can make some changes to your PC/laptop/tablet, such as changing the boot order to make your device boot from a USB device or CD/DVD drive.