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    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10

    How to Create a Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10
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    26 Sep 2017
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    Most computers have a specific key which when pressed when computer is started lets user to access UEFI (Firmware) settings. On laptop I'm using to write this, it's the ESC key. However, I quite often press the key too late missing the given timeframe, as this laptop by default only waits only a few seconds before booting to Windows.

    Another option to boot to UEFI settings is to restart to advanced startup options (tutorial) and go from there.

    This tutorial will show a third not well known but extremely practical way to restart directly to UEFI settings using a shortcut. Notice that the shortcut will not work on BIOS based machines, UEFI machines where entering firmware settings is disabled like in for instance on some rental computers, Hyper-V virtual machines and so on.


    Here's how:

    1.) Right click on an empty spot on desktop, select New > Shortcut:

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    2.) Enter the following command and click Next:

    shutdown /r /fw

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    3.) Name the shortcut as you wish, click Finish:

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    4.) Right click the new shortcut and select Properties:

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    5.) In Shortcut tab, select Advanced, select Run as administrator, click OK to close Advanced Properties, click OK to save changed Properties:
    Note   Note
    Usually the shutdown command does not require elevated (Run as administrator) privileges. However, using the /fw switch (fw = firmware) to boot to UEFI settings is an exeption; whenever /fw is used with shutdown command, it needs to be elevated. That is why we must elevate the shortcut.
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    6.) Optional: If you want to change the icon of the shortcut, see this tutorial: Customization Change Icon of Shortcut in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    On the left shortcut with default icon, on the right with custom icon:
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    7.) You can now restart your PC entering UEFI settings simply by double clicking the shortcut. As it is elevated, a UAC prompt will be shown. Click Yes:
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    8.) You will get a notification about Windows signing you out. Click Close, close all possibly open applications and let your PC restart to UEFI settings:

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    9.) Your PC will now restart directly to UEFI settings (below a sample screenshot, actual settings page might be different based on actual UEFI manufacturer and version):

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    That's it! Couldn't be easier

    Kari


  1.    26 Sep 2017 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

    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.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2.    26 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Works on my end, no problem. Love it and something I'll use as I'm always in the BIOS. Big +1
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  3.    26 Sep 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Works on my end, no problem. Love it and something I'll use as I'm always in the BIOS. Big +1
    Thanks! You have a BIOS machine?
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  4.    26 Sep 2017 #4
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    No, UEFI. Should have said that. BTW is there a way to make this a desktop right click? That is right clicking the desktop gives me the option to choose this shortcut?


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  5.    26 Sep 2017 #5
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    As far as I know there's no way to add a context menu item to be run elevated without third party tools like NirCMD and such (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html).
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  6.    26 Sep 2017 #6
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    Thanks. I just pinned it to my taskbar. Anyway, again, your tutorial worked perfectly.

    Tried to rep, but couldn't do it. I owe you one though

    Peace
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  7.    26 Sep 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Peace
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    Thanks for feedback!
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  8.    26 Sep 2017 #8
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    Hi,

    This does not work on my system (which is fully shown in my system specs). I am using legacy BIOS. I followed the instructions and created the shortcut. When I double-click on it, CMD appears for a fraction of a second, and then nothing happens. I am still on my Desktop. If I right-click on the shortcut, then run-as-administrator, the same thing happens.

    My OS is Win 10 Pro, fully updated.

    Note: I do not really need this shortcut but I like to try new things.


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  9.    26 Sep 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    No, UEFI. Should have said that. BTW is there a way to make this a desktop right click? That is right clicking the desktop gives me the option to choose this shortcut?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    As far as I know there's no way to add a context menu item to be run elevated without third party tools like NirCMD and such (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html).

    Working on a tutorial for that now using a PowerShell wrapper for elevation. I'll post back when it's ready.
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