On Windows 8 operating systems that came pre-installed on the computer from the factory, the legacy BIOS has been replaced by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). This will cause the problem that bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 8 computer. To resolve this problem, you need to switch your BIOS mode from UEFI BIOS to Legacy BIOS. No doing so would prevent the installation of Linux, Windows 7, or any other OS.
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to access UEFI BIOS Setup in Windows 8, so you can disable the UEFI mode to avoid the compatibility problem described above.
How to Access UEFI BIOS Setup in Windows 8?
In previous post, we’ve covered how to set Windows 8 PC to boot with legacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI mode. Here we’ll show you another option to access UEFI BIOS Setup so long as you can log into Windows 8. Here are the steps:
- Press the Windows key + C, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen to open your Charms.
- Click Settings.
- Click Change PC Settings.
- In PC Settings, select General.
- Under Advanced startup, click Restart now. The system will restart and show the Windows 8 boot menu.
- In the boot menu, select Troubleshoot.
- In the Troubleshoot menu, select Advanced options.
- In the Advanced options menu, select UEFI Firmware Settings.
- Click Restart button to boot into UEFI BIOS Setup screen.
- When the computer restarts, the UEFI setup screen will be displayed. You can then disable UEFI BIOS and Secure Boot options, and enable legacy BIOS mode.