Access BIOS or UEFI of Your Windows 8 Systems


BIOS is a program that sits on the motherboard of your system. In order to make any alterations in the settings of the hardware set up or configuration, you need to access motherboard of your system.
Many of you would have switched to the Windows 8, and it is very likely that there is slight difference in accessing BIOS or UEFI of Windows 8. Now, the approach of BIOS access in Windows 8 system depends upon two factors: whether your system has been upgraded to Windows 8 or it had Windows 8 preinstalled from the factory outlet.
Lets us see how to access BIOS of Windows 8 system, with upgraded and preinstalled Windows 8 Operating System.


Upgraded Windows 8 System

Before you make an attempt of reaching the BIOS of your system, you need to turn down your system. Next approach would be moving to the BIOS of your system, and there are two methods to do so.
Key ‘F2’:
Turn on your W8 system. As soon as you turn on your system, it may display a message of pressing ‘F2’ to enter the BIOS. Press down the particular key and the BIOS screen will appear.
Key ‘F12’:
Turn on the system and you might be invited to press ‘F12’ key. Once you do so, few boot options will appear in front of you. Use the up and down arrows of your navigation keys, to choose the option for entering the Setup screen or BIOS. There you are!


Factory Preinstalled Windows 8 System

So far, you might be wondering about the reason behind different approaches for upgraded Windows 8 system and factory installed Windows 8 system. Let us make it clear, before we get started with the next approach. The BIOS of the preinstalled Windows 8 system has been replaced with Unified Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI.
Here are the steps for the second approach:


  • Type ‘BIOS’ or ‘UEFI’ on the Start screen
  • Under ‘Settings’ category, choose ‘Advanced Startup Options’  
  • It will give you another window and under the category of ‘PC Settings’, choose ‘General’ tab. This will give you options of categories on the right side and under the category of ‘Advanced startup’, click on ‘Restart now’. One more thing useful to know Why Microsoft killed traditional Start button in Windows 8.


  • Select the option of ‘Troubleshoot’ from the window of ‘Choose an option’.

  • Click on ‘Advanced Options’ in the next menu

  • Click on ‘UEFI Firmware Settings’ in the following menu   

  • Click on ‘Restart’ option to enter the UEFI screen


This will restart your system and as soon as it restarts, it will take you to the UEFI screen.

You can make any necessary change to your system by accessing the BIOS or UEFI of W8 system, be it configuring the memory settings, managing the hard drive, resetting BIOS password, changing boot order and more. Please check here Five of The Least Popular Features of Windows 8.


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