Windows 8: Modify UEFI Boot Order in BIOS

This section provides a tutorial example on how to modify UEFI boot order in BIOS in order to boot from Windows 8 repair disc directly.

If your Windows 8 computer is using the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) for booting, you need to play with the BIOS setup to boot directly from CD or other devices. This tutorial shows steps to modify boot order on a Dell Inspiron computer.

1. Press and hold down "F1" key when you restart your computer. You will see the BIOS setup screen.

2. Use the right arrow key to select the "Boot" menu. You will see the default boot option is UEFI.

3. Use the down arrow key to change "Secure Boot" to "Disabled". Then change "Boot List Option" to "Legacy". You will see the boot order changed to:

Legacy Boot:
   Network
   Hard Drive
   Removable Drive
   USB Storage Device
   CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
UEFI Boot:
   Windows Boot Manager
   Network Boot

4. Move "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive" to the top of the list. Then save the change and exit.

Now your computer should be able to boot from the Windows 8 Repair Disc directly now. But remember to change it back to the default to use the secure boot option.

The picture below shows you the boot order with legacy and UEFI boot options mixed together:
Windows 8: Legacy and UEFI Boot Order

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8: System Recovery Options

 Windows 8: View Available Restore Points

 Windows 8: Restore Point Settings

 Windows 8: Create Restore Point

 Windows 8: Apply Restore Point

 Windows 8: Create System Image

 Windows 8: Create System Repair Disc

 Windows 8: Boot from Repair Disc

Windows 8: Modify UEFI Boot Order in BIOS

 Windows 8: Recovery Option 2 - System Image

 Windows 8: Verify Factory Reset

 Windows 8: Recovery Option 3 - Factory Reset

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

 PDF Printing Version