How to use Surface UEFI

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

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, and Surface Go with LTE Advanced use a new firmware interface called Surface UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).

Surface UEFI offers new features, including faster startup and improved security. It replaces BIOS (basic input/output system). You can use Surface UEFI to manage the firmware features on your Surface.

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. Go to Start , select Settings  > Update & security > Recovery.
  2. Under Advanced startup, select Restart Now.
  3. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart.

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.


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.


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.


The about screen for Surface UEFI

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


The exit screen for Surface UEFI

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

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