Entering UEFI (BIOS) firmware on Windows reboot

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+goretsky    711

Hello,

 

I'm not sure when this was added to Windows, but I just noticed under the Fall Creator's Updates (aka Version 1709 aka Build 16299.15) that Shutdown (filename: shutdown.exe) now has a /fw switch.  Here's what the built-in help (/?) says about it:

/fw        Combine with a shutdown option to cause the next boot to go to the firmware user interface.

I tried it on several computers (some ThinkPads, several self-built systems with ASRock and ASUS motherboards, etc.) by running "shutdown /fw /r /t 10" from an elevated Command Prompt and it seemed to work correctly on all of them.

 

Seems like a convenient option for computers where it's difficult to get into the UEFI (BIOS) firmware.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

 

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Circaflex    3,011

Very nice find goretsky, thanks for sharing. Did you recently update your location info here on Neowin? I never noticed you were in Socal. I am in Orange County (714/949) area!

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+goretsky    711

Hello,

 

I moved in 2005.  Perhaps we should have arrange a Neowin Southern California meetup?

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

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Circaflex    3,011
On 10/21/2017 at 1:34 AM, goretsky said:

Hello,

 

I moved in 2005.  Perhaps we should have arrange a Neowin Southern California meetup?

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

That is awesome Goretsky. I know there are a few SoCal members, a meetup would be great! Thanks again for the things you share here on Neowin.

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Snake89    201

This command would be great for overclockers also.

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+Mando    3,657

nice spot! it also works on Kabylake boards (Asus Strix H here) with fast boot enabled.

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