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  1. Kari's Avatar
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       #10

    Joanne said:
    This does not work on my system (which is fully shown in my system specs).
    Your screenshot tells the full story (I've highlighted the error message):
    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

    This method works without issues on all UEFI based machines, legacy BIOS machines might get the error like you did.


    Brink said:
    Working on a tutorial for that now using a PowerShell wrapper for elevation. I'll post back when it's ready. :)
    Cool!
    Last edited by Kari; 26 Sep 2017 at 15:06. Reason: Removed unnecessary screenshot
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  2. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #11

    Brink said:
    Working on a tutorial for that now using a PowerShell wrapper for elevation. I'll post back when it's ready. :)
    Excellent. Looking forward to it :)
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #12

    @sygnus21

    Before I finalize it, how does this look for the context menu name, icon, and location?

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  4. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #13

    Perfect. That's just how I like it. Thanks! :)
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  5. lx07's Avatar
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    Kari said:
    Geeks, I have no way to test this on a BIOS based machine. I know it works on UEFI machines but would be pleased if someone with a BIOS machine would test and report back if the shortcut / command works or not.
    No, it does not work.

    Kari said:
    legacy BIOS machines might get the error like you did
    They definitely fail.

    I tried your tutorial on a Lenovo X201. The tutorial shortcut gives no error (just a flash of command prompt) but shutdown /r /fw gives the error "Boot to firmware UI is not supported by this system's firmware.(1)"

    It seems in fact this only works on EFI (it works fine on EFI systems for me certainly - I tested it).

    You should change the title to exclude the word "BIOS" as it does not work.

    I guess not many people use legacy any more but if it isn't clarified it would confuse for sure as it doesn't work for legacy BIOS PCs.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #15

    sygnus21 said:
    Perfect. That's just how I like it. Thanks! :)
    @sygnus21

    All done. :)

    How to Add Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings Context Menu in Windows 10
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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       #16

    lx07 said:
    You should change the title to exclude the word "BIOS" as it does not work.

    I guess not many people use legacy any more but if it isn't clarified it would confuse for sure as it doesn't work for legacy BIOS PCs.
    Tutorial and its title edited.
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  8. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #17

    Thanks Shawn, works like a champ :)

    @Kari, something I should have brought up is there is a delay of about 30 seconds (stop watched it the second time around) from when you click the shortcut to when the system restarts. At least on my system. In fact, the delay is so long I thought the shortcut didnít work, and was about hit it again when the PC suddenly restarted. At any rate I timed it the second time around and thatís where I got the 30 seconds from.

    Is this normal? If so, just want people aware of such a delay.

    Thanks.
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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       #18

    sygnus21 said:
    Is this normal?
    Yes, that is normal. The default timeout delay in shutdown command is 30 seconds. It will be used if no custom delay is set with /t X switch where X is preferred delay in seconds.

    Some examples:

    Shutdown in 30 seconds, using either default delay or setting delay manually to 30 seconds:

    shutdown /s

    shutdown /s /t 30

    Restart in 30 seconds:

    shutdown /r

    shutdown /r /t 30

    Restart to advanced startup options (/o switch) in 5 minutes (300 seconds) forcing all programs to close before restart (/f switch):

    shutdown /r /o /f /t 300

    Shutting down PC in one hour (3,600 seconds), forcing to close all programs, booting to UEFI settings next time PC is turned on:

    shutdown /s /f /fw /t 3600

    Restarting to UEFI settings immediately (no delay):

    shutdown /r /fw /t 0

    The last two sample commands above need to be run elevated because of the /fw switch. All other sample commands can be run without elevation.

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  10. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #19

    Thanks. At least I now know this is normal behavior. And got it on the commands.

    Thanks.

    BTW I forgot to comment on this earlier. Nice one, I'll have to borrow it sometime....

    Kari said:
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