How to use Surface UEFI

Applies to: Surface Laptop (1st Gen)Surface ProSurface Studio 1

Surface Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) replaces the standard basic input/output system (BIOS) with new features including faster startup and improved security.  You can use Surface UEFI to manage the firmware features on your Surface.

These Surface models use the new firmware UEFI interface:

  • Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Pro 6
  • Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2
  • Surface Studio (1st Gen), Surface Studio 2
  • Surface Book, Surface Book 2
  • Surface Go, Surface Go with LTE Advanced

How do I get to the UEFI settings?

Video: Get to UEFI settings on a Surface

 

You can adjust the UEFI settings only during system startup. To load the UEFI firmware settings menu:

  1. Shut down your Surface and wait about 10 seconds to make sure it's off.
  2. Press and hold the volume-up button on your Surface, and, at the same time, press and release the power button.
  3. The Microsoft or Surface logo appears on your screen. Continue to hold the volume-up button. Release the button once the UEFI screen appears.

You can also load the UEFI firmware settings menu through Windows. To do this:

  1. Select Start  Settings  > Update & security  > Recovery.
  2. Under Advanced startup, select Restart Now.
  3. Under Choose an option, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings, and then select Restart.

UEFI menu options

The UEFI settings you can modify depends on which Surface model you have.

  • Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Pro 6 
  • Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2 
  • Surface Studio (1st Gen), Surface Studio 2 
  • Surface Book, Surface Book 2 
  • Surface Go, Surface Go with LTE Advanced

PC information

The PC information screen of Surface UEFI

In the PC information section, you can see important information about your Surface, such as the universally unique identifier (UUID), serial number, and firmware version. You can use this information for troubleshooting or for working with warranty support.

Security

The PC information screen of Surface UEFI

In the Security section, you can set or change your UEFI password, turn Secure Boot on or off, and change your TPM settings. Typically, only enterprises will need to change security settings—the default, out-of-the-box settings will be perfect for most users.

Devices

The devices screen for Surface UEFI

In the Devices section, you can turn on or off various connected devices and hardware on your Surface, such as the infrared (IR) camera, Bluetooth®, and on-board audio.

Boot configuration

The configure boot device order screen in Surface UEFI

In the Boot configuration section, you can change how your Surface boots into Windows.

If your Surface is part of an enterprise, these settings may be locked or configured to your enterprise specifications. Contact your IT administrator for more information. If you are not part of an enterprise, the default, out-of-the-box settings should be perfect for you.

Date and time

The date and time screen for Surface UEFI

In the Date and Time section, you can manually enter a new date and time.

About

The about screen for Surface UEFI

Displays regulatory information. For more info, see Safety and regulatory information.

Exit

The exit screen for Surface UEFI

Select Exit > Restart now to save your changes and restart your Surface.

    Standard BIOS continues to support these Surface devices


    UEFI replaces the standard BIOS only in the Surface models listed in this article. The following models do not feature UEFI and still use the earlier BIOS.