Overview of UEFI BIOS Boot Options
Compared with the traditional BIOS boot, EFI/UEFI boot is a more advanced and flexible booting mechanism. UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) refers to a modern firmware interface that is commonly used in newer computers and operating systems. UEFI replaces the older BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) firmware interface.
Your system drive might be a GPT drive and the system is with EFI/UEFI boot. As known to all, it is quite complicated and time-consuming to boot into BIOS/UEFI to change the Boot Options. For different brands of computers, the key to enter into BIOS might be different. Normally, you need to constantly press a specific key (usually DEL, ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12) to enter into BIOS/UEFI and change the Boot Options. And, you need to specify and change the Boot Sequence manually. The whole process might be difficult for one without computer experience and it will take time to finish the operation.
Now, with the UEFI BIOS Boot Options Manager in AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can easily and quickly change the boot sequence, delete, backup, restore, and refresh your EFI/UEFI BIOS Boot Options without manual entry into BIOS and complicated modification of startup entries. It will significantly save your time to quickly manage the boot options.
How to Manage UEFI BIOS Boot Options in AOMEI Partition Assistant
Before you do
- The system disk must be a GPT drive. For MBR disk, it is unable to use the tool. Partition Assistant also offers a feature to convert MBR to GPT.
- Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant on a Windows computer.
This tool is very useful for you to manage your computer Boot Options. If you would like to use this feature, please upgrade to a paid version of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, Server, or above versions.
How to Manage UEFI Boot Options Step by Step
If your system drive is GPT, in UEFI BIOS Boot Options Manager, you can easily change the boot sequence, delete, backup&restore, and refresh the boot options.
1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click the "Tools" main tab and select "UEFI BIOS Boot Options Manager".
If your system drive is an MBR one, after you click the tool you will get a message that the feature is available only if the current system disk is GPT partition type.
For a GPT drive, the UEFI Boot Options Manager will pop up. In this interface, all UEFI boot orders on your computer will be displayed and you can manage them.
2. Please check the below instructions to manage your UEFI Boot Options.
Tips: All operations will be effective after you click the manage butttons no matter whether you close the window, click the "Restart Now", or click the "Cancel" button. Please be cautions before clicking the buttons.
How to Change Boot Options
Click a boot option and click the button up and down to change the boot sequence of your computers.
How to Delete Boot Options
Click a boot option that is not available or unnecessary to delete the boot option. Please be cautions before you delete a boot option.
Tips: For system boot and security, it will be unable to delete the current boot option.
How to Enable One-Time Boot Entry
Click a boot option and click the button to enable a one-time boot entery. Once you click the option, the computer will boot from this entry only the next time system startup. After the PC boots from the entry once, the PC will boot from the defaulted first entry.
How to Backup Boot Options
Click a boot option you want to backup to make a backup so that you can recover if necessary.
Select a location on your PC and click "Save" to save the backup.
Finally, the backup will create a .PAUB file.
How to Restore Boot Options
Click to restore the boot option you just backed up if the partition or boot files gets lost or corrupted.
Locate the .PAUB FILE you backed up and select it to restore.
Note: If you have a backup of your boot entries with Partition Assistant and your system cannot boot, you can also create a bootable media with Partition Assistant and restore the boot entries under WinPE.
How to Refresh Boot Options
Click the button to refresh the boot options.
Tips: The "Refresh" button does not mean reset. If you have modified the boot options, the button does not help to reset the boot options.
How to Boot into UEFI BIOS Boot Options One-Time
Please just click the option "Enter UEFI BIOS configuration interface directly only at next boot time".
If you tick this option, the computer will directly boot into the UEFI BIOS configuration interface at the next boot time. After the option is executed once, your computer will still boot from the defaulted first entry.
Note: There is no need to press any hot key during the next system boot, for example, DEL or F12. In this way, the UEFI BIOS Boot Manager will be launched so that you can easily change boot sequence or configure other BIOS settings.
After you manage the boot options, you can click the "Restart Now" button to restart your computer immediately if needed. If you do not want to restart the computer immediately, you can just click the "Cancel" button or just close the Manager window.
Following the above steps, you can easily and effectively manage your EFI/UEFI BIOS Boot Options. With the manager tool, you can change the boot sequence, backup and restore your boot entries and do more useful settings of the BIOS Boot Options.
This tool is mainly used to quickly change and manage your UEFI Boot Options, which will greatly save your time.
- All operations in the UEFI BIOS Boot Option Manager will take effect after you click to modify/delete/backup/restore the boot entries no matter whether you click "Restart Now", "Cancel", or just close the Manager window or not.
Q: Why is there no "UEFI BIOS Boot Options Manager" option under "Tools" on my computer?
A: The possible issue that your current system drive is a MBR disk, which is unable to use the UEFI management tool.
Q: Will the modification of UEFI Boot Options cause any boot issue to the computer?
A: If you change the boot sequence, the computer will boot from the selected boot entry. If the boot entry is invalid, the PC might not boot normally. You need to manually set a valid and bootable boot option to avoid this issue. BTW, please do not delete your valid and necessary boot options of your current boot system.