Confused - am I booting in UEFI properly - msinfo32 shows I am but..?

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  1. Posts : 2,829
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #11

    Hi,

    What I can't understand is that with CSM off and Secure Boot on there are "NO" device entries in UEFI boot list other than "Windows Boot Manager"!
    That's to be expected. Imagine the following situation : two HDs each containing a Window 10 install for example and their respective SATA ports enabled.
    These two should show in the bootable device list in bios with csm off and secure boot enabled.

    CSM is a computability mode that allows you to boot from older non UEFI compliant hardware, MBR disks and so forth.
    Note also that in order to run CSM, secure boot needs to be disabled. Most BOIS/UEFI require you to turn off Secure Boot first in order to access CSM mode.

    Cheers,
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  2. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #12

    alphanumeric said:
    That's normal, as far as I know. That's all I see on my laptop, Windows Boot manager. With no other bootable devices plugged in. My second SSD isn't bootable and won't show up in that list. If I plug my bootable thumb drive in its listed though. It shows up as boot option 2.
    Ok, so only Bootable drives will be allowed in the Boot list. I suppose my N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G drive, with W10 on it, isn't on it's own bootable but is through Windows Boot Manager. The SSD doesn't show in the Sata list either as it uses the M2 slot in the motherboard. I tried my W10 install USB again and indeed it can come up as UEFI: bootable. Where do you get to learn this stuff other than here?
    Thanks guys for your comments.
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  3. Posts : 7,115
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #13

    I have CSM off, UEFI boot always and secure boot set on both of my PCs. I only ever see the Windows Boot Manager unless I select boot override and insert a UEFI bootable USB flash drive or DVD. I then see the UEFI prefix for these devices and can boot from them.
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  4. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
       #14

    Philip1 said:
    Ok, so only Bootable drives will be allowed in the Boot list. I suppose my N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G drive, with W10 on it, isn't on it's own bootable but is through Windows Boot Manager. The SSD doesn't show in the Sata list either as it uses the M2 slot in the motherboard. I tried my W10 install USB again and indeed it can come up as UEFI: bootable. Where do you get to learn this stuff other than here?
    Thanks guys for your comments.
    The "Windows Boot Manager" notation is I believe a UEFI thing. All I see on my desktop PC that is legacy BIOS is the drive ID. On my laptop its the drive ID with Windows Boot Manager in front of it. Same deal with the UEFI notation in front of your bootable thumb drive entry. You'll only see that on a UEFI PC. It's just extra info, as far as I know. I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.
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  5. Posts : 2,829
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #15

    Hi,

    Actually you only see these extra tags in front of bootable device when bios is running in compatibility mode (CSM).

    Boot manager is Bios managed, UEFI is obviously UEFI managed.

    Once you set CSM to disabled the prefixes will disappear and only UEFI bootable device will be visible in the boot menu when called up.

    Cheers,
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  6. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
       #16

    I have CSM disabled and still see Windows Boot Manager. Disabled is the default setting.
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  7. Posts : 7,115
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #17

    Not true. I'm in UEFI only mode and see the UEFI prefix.
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  8. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
       #18

    It may depend on the UEFI BIOS that's installed? On my wife's Acer laptop, it never ever shows UEFI in front of my UEFI install thumb drive. I can still install in UEFI mode though. This Acer is also very fussy as to how you create the bootable thumb drive. I had to use diskpart to setup my thumb drive for it to even boot from it at all. My ASUS laptop on the other hand, shows the UEFI description and will install in UEFI mode even if the thumb drive is formatted in NTFS.
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  9. Posts : 2,829
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #19

    Hi,

    It may depend on the UEFI BIOS that's installed?
    Quite likely so. Mine is an OEM AMI bios which was factory set to CSM mode by default.
    Doesn't really matter once you know which is which really.


    Cheers,
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  10. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
       #20

    CSM enabled or disabled, doesn't seem to make any notable difference on my laptop? My laptops UEFI BIOS is pretty basic though. It doesn't look any different than any other BIOS I've seen. Other than the UEFI and CSM entries that is.
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