UEFI BIOS is special software that connects the computer hardware to the operating system (OS). This is the first program that runs when you turn on the computer, it will check what hardware the computer has, “wake up” those components and hand them over to the operating system.
When opening the UEFI BIOS menu, if you cannot access the UEFI Firmware Settings, this may prevent you from fixing some system problems. If your computer is missing these settings, follow the instructions below from Ticswipe.com to restore them.
Why is UEFI Firmware Settings missing?
Depending on your computer manufacturer, you can access UEFI BIOS settings in different ways. If UEFI Firmware Settings cannot be found in the BIOS menu, here are some common reasons for this problem:
- The motherboard does not support UEFI.
- The Fast Startup feature is disabling access to the UEFI Firmware Settings menu.
- Windows 10 was installed in Legacy Mode.
From the above causes, here are some solutions you can try to fix the error of not seeing UEFI Firmware Settings in the BIOS menu.
Check if the computer supports UEFI or not
Before performing other troubleshooting solutions, it is necessary to check if the motherboard supports UEFI. If your computer is old, it is possible that UEFI Firmware Settings will not be installed. The way to check is as follows:
Step 1: Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command dialog box. Type msinfo32 in the blank box and press Enter.
Step 2: In the System Information window displayed, click the System Summary item in the left pane.
Step 3: On the right, scroll down to the BIOS Mode section. If this option is UEFI then we will move to the next step at the bottom.
But if this option is Legacy, it means that your computer cannot access UEFI Firmware Settings.
Turn off Fast Startup
The fast Startup function allows starting the computer quickly. When enabled, this feature can reduce the delay in loading some options from the UEFI BIOS menu.
This may prevent you from accessing UEFI Firmware Settings. Just turning off the Fast Startup feature on the system can solve your problem.
Step 1: Left-click the Start menu and select the Power icon.
Step 2: Hold down the Shift key and then select Shut down from the power options.
This will bypass Windows 10’s Fast Startup feature and turn off the computer completely.
Step 3: Turn your computer back on and start pressing the dedicated key to access BIOS settings. Each manufacturer is different, the dedicated key to access the BIOS will be different, it can be the Esc, Del, F2, F1, F4, F8, F10 or F12 key.
If this solves the problem, it means this is the main cause and you can disable the Fast Startup feature completely to be able to access the UEFI Firmware Settings. But keep in mind that this means Windows 10 boot time will be a bit longer.
Create a shortcut for Boot-to-UEFI Firmware Settings
Another way to solve this problem is to create a Boot-to-UEFI Firmware Settings shortcut to force the computer to boot directly into the UEFI Firmware Settings menu. Proceed as follows:
Step 1: Right-click any empty spot on the Desktop and select New => Shortcut.
Step 2: On the next screen, enter shutdown /r /fw in the blank box and then click Next.
Step 3: Give a suitable name for the shortcut to create and then click the Finish button.
Step 4: Right-click the newly created shortcut and select Properties, then click the Advanced button.
Step 5: On the next screen, select the option Run as administrator => OK.
Step 6: Finally click Apply => OK button to apply these changes.
So when you double-click this shortcut, the computer will restart and directly access the UEFI Firmware Settings menu.
Change BIOS from Legacy to UEFI
Depending on your computer’s specifications as well as “lifetime”, your computer may be using a standard hard drive Master Boot Record (MBR) or GUID Partition Table (GPT). Even if the motherboard supports the UEFI feature, the UEFI Firmware Settings cannot be accessed if the hard drive uses the MBR standard.
In this case, you need to convert the BIOS from Legacy to UEFI by converting the drive from MBR to GPT standard. But before doing this, you need to back up the system or create a system image file because there is a chance that data will be lost during the operation.
If you have determined that the hard drive uses the MBR standard and the system can boot from UEFI, you can continue to convert the drive to the GPT standard. If you don’t know if your hard drive uses MBR or GPT standards, you can check by.
Step 1: Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box.
Step 2: Type diskmgmt.msc in the blank box and press Enter.
Step 3: In the Disk Management window, right-click Disk 0 (or the Windows installation drive partition) and select Properties.
Step 4: From the Properties window, select the Volumes tab. Under the Disk Information pane, find the Partition style option to tell you whether the hard drive is MBR or GPT standard. If the hard drive is already a GUID Partition Table (GPT), there is no need to continue the conversion.
Clear CMOS settings to restore default BIOS settings
The final solution is to reset the CMOS settings from the computer’s motherboard. This will help restore the computer to its default BIOS settings. Proceed as follows:
Step 1: Turn off the computer and unplug it from the power source.
Step 2: Remove the computer cover (if it is a laptop, remove the bottom cover), find the position of the CMOS battery and remove the CMOS battery from the slot. Wait about 15 seconds, then re-insert.
Step 3: Cover the computer and turn on the power.
Also on higher-end motherboards, you will find a dedicated button to reset CMOS settings. It may be labelled as “CMOS“, “CMOS_SW” or similar. To reset the CMOS settings, press and hold the button for a few seconds.
So through the above instructions of Ticswipe, you already know how to fix the UEFI Firmware Settings missing on Windows 10. This setting will be extremely useful when fixing various system problems on Windows 10.