Do you have a Windows 11 computer or device and don’t know how to access the UEFI or BIOS? Are there any issues with your PC that you think can be repaired from there? Whether you need to enter UEFI/BIOS to troubleshoot your computer or adjust settings to improve its performance, in this tutorial, we show you how to access UEFI/BIOS on a Windows 11 PC in seven different ways:
NOTE: If you want to know more about what UEFI/BIOS is and what it’s used for, first read What is BIOS? What does BIOS mean?.
One of the most straightforward ways to access the UEFI/BIOS in Windows 11 is available in the Settings app. First, open the Settings (Win + I) and, in the System tab, click or tap on Recovery.
On the Recovery page, scroll until you get to the Recovery options section. There, you should find the Advanced startup option. On its right side, press the Restart now button.
Windows 11 now warns you that it’s going to restart your device. Make sure you’ve saved your work in any of your open files, and then press Restart now once more.
After Windows 11 restarts, you get to see the “Choose an option” screen used by the operating system to give you access to the advanced startup options, as well as other recovery tools. On it, click or tap on Troubleshoot (Reset your PC or see advanced options).
On the Troubleshoot screen, click or tap on the Advanced options.
In the list of Advanced options, click or tap on “UEFI Firmware Settings”.
Windows 11 now informs you that you have to “Restart to change UEFI firmware settings” so press Restart to continue.
After your PC reboots, you are taken directly to its UEFI/BIOS.
A fast and easy way to access the UEFI/BIOS from Windows 11 without even having to sign in is to use the Shift + Restart keyboard and mouse shortcut. On the sign-in or lock screen, while keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on the Power button from the bottom-right corner of the screen, and select Restart in the menu.
Similarly, you can also press Shift on your keyboard and use the Restart option from the Start Menu Power options.
After Windows 11 restarts, you get to the Advanced startup (Choose an option) screen. There, just like in the previous method in this guide, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings and press Restart. Once you do that, Windows 11 restarts and enters UEFI/BIOS immediately.
One other way to enter UEFI/BIOS on a Windows 11 PC is available via the Run window. Open Run (Windows + R), type shutdown /r /o /f /t 00, and click/tap on OK or press Enter on your keyboard.
To access the UEFI/BIOS, you could also run the slightly shorter command shutdown.exe /r /o, but it’s not as fast as the previous command.
Why is it not that fast? Because with this command, Windows 11 first notifies you that your computer has to shut down (restart). So, you have to wait for a couple of moments before it gets you to the UEFI/BIOS.
After restarting, Windows 11 loads the same “Choose an option” screen. Use it to navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings and press Restart, just like we showed you in the first section of this tutorial. Then, Windows 11 restarts, and your PC enters its UEFI/BIOS environment.
Perhaps the fastest way to access the UEFI/BIOS on a Windows 11 PC is to create and use a shortcut for that. We’ve already described everything you have to do in this tutorial: Shortcuts for the UEFI BIOS & Windows 10’s Recovery Environment. However, if you don’t have the time to read it, the short version is that you can create a regular shortcut anywhere on your Windows 11 PC and point its target to the shutdown /r /o /f /t 00 command we’ve also shown you in the previous section of this guide.
Once you have the shortcut, double-click or double-tap on it, and it takes you to the “Choose an option” screen. On it, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings and press Restart. Then, Windows 11 restarts again, and your PC enters its UEFI/BIOS environment.
If you prefer command-line environments, you can run the same commands from the previous section of this tutorial in Windows 11’s Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Terminal. Open the command-line app you want, type shutdown /r /o /f /t 00, and press Enter on your keyboard. Then, your Windows 11 PC restarts, and you’re taken to the Advanced startup (Choose an option) screen.
If you prefer to run the shorter shutdown.exe /r /o command, Windows 11 first notifies you that your PC will shut down (restart) in less than a minute. Wait it out.
Next, after Windows 11 restarts, you get to the Choose an option (Advanced startup) screen. Use it to go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings. Then, click or tap on Restart, as shown in the first section of this guide. Once your computer or device reboots once more, you’re taken to its UEFI/BIOS.
If you installed Windows 11 on a Surface Pro tablet eligible for the upgrade, a fast way to access the UEFI/BIOS is to use its buttons. First, shut down your Surface Pro. Then, locate the Volume Up (+) button on its side, press and hold it down.
While still keeping the Volume Up (+) button pressed, push and release the Power button, and wait until you see the Microsoft or the Surface logo displayed on the screen. When the logo shows up, you can release the Volume Up (+) button. You should now be taken to your Surface’s UEFI/BIOS.
On some desktop computers and laptops, you might get the chance to see a message on the POST screen when your computer boots up, with instructions on how to access the BIOS. It usually involves pressing the Del or F2 key on your keyboard to get into UEFI/BIOS, but it can vary depending on the motherboard’s manufacturer and model. In the image below, you can see what it looks like on a desktop PC with an ASUS motherboard.
As you’ve seen, entering UEFI/BIOS on a Windows 11 PC is very similar to how you do it on a Windows 10 computer or device. Furthermore, there are just as many methods to do it, so you can pick your favorite from the list. We’re curious if you found it easy to enter UEFI/BIOS and whether you stumbled upon issues while attempting it. Do you know other ways to get into the UEFI/BIOS? Let us know in the comments below.