How to access the UEFI BIOS Firmware on Windows tablets, laptops and convertibles

There are many tablets and convertible devices that are sold with Windows 10 installed. Some users still have such devices with Windows 8.1. They are appreciated for their flexibility, mobility and small weight. One thing that is different about them, compared to Windows laptops and desktop PCs, is that their BIOS is accessed differently. If you need to access the UEFI BIOS on a mobile device with Windows, here is how it is done:

If you have a Surface Pro or a Surface Book, this is the fastest method for accessing the UEFI BIOS:

Make sure that your Surface device is shut down. Then, look on the sides and find the Volume Up (+) button. Press and hold on it. Then, press and release the Power button while holding Volume Up pressed. When you see the Surface logo on the screen, release the Volume Up.

The UEFI BIOS is now started on your Microsoft Surface device.

How to access the UEFI BIOS Firmware on all other Windows 10 devices and convertibles

If you are using Windows 10, open the Settings app. Then, go to “Update & security.”

In the column on the left, choose Recovery. Then, on the right, look for the Restart now button, in the Advanced startup section. Click or tap on it.

Windows 10 restarts and loads several options. Choose Troubleshoot.

Next, choose Advanced options.

You are asked to choose between many options. Look for UEFI Firmware Settings and click or tap on it.

You are asked to restart so that you can change your UEFI firmware settings.

Click or tap Restart, and the BIOS is loaded.

Change the settings you want, in your device’s UEFI BIOS, and do not forget to save them before exiting the BIOS, so that they are applied.

How to access the UEFI BIOS Firmware on all other Windows 8.1 devices and convertibles

Accessing the UEFI BIOS on Windows 8.1 devices is similar to Windows 10. First, open PC Settings. There, click or tap “Update and recovery.”

Next, choose Recovery.

On the right side of the screen, go to the Advanced startup section, and click or tap Restart now.

Windows 8.1 restarts and loads a blue screen with many options, just like Windows 10. From here on, follow the instructions we have shared for Windows 10, in the previous section. They are the same for Windows 8.1.

Did you access the UEFI BIOS on your Windows device?

Now you know how to access the UEFI BIOS on most mobile devices with Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. Before closing this tutorial, let us know if it worked well for you. If it did not, please share what happened, in a detailed comment below. We will do our best to help!