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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
    Published by Category: General Tips
    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:

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

    2.) Enter the following command and click Next:

    shutdown /r /fw

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

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

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

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

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

    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.
    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

    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:
    Note   Note
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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:

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

    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):

    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png


    That's it! Couldn't be easier :)

    Kari



  1. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,434
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    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. sygnus21's Avatar
    Posts : 5,329
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)
       #2

    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. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,434
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    sygnus21 said:
    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. sygnus21's Avatar
    Posts : 5,329
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)
       #4

    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?


    Here's mine - Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-uefi-shortcut.png
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  5. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,434
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    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. sygnus21's Avatar
    Posts : 5,329
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)
       #6

    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. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,434
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    sygnus21 said:
    Peace
    Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-image.png

    Thanks for feedback!
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  8. Posts : 591
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP; KDE Neon
       #8

    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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,244
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
       #9

    sygnus21 said:
    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?


    Here's mine - Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows 10-uefi-shortcut.png
    Kari said:
    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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