Our computers are sneaky little things! They have so many functionalities and hidden features that we cannot even think of getting to know our computers like they know us! That’s why, whenever the need comes, we have numerous questions about our systems. Whether it is display or firmware or anything else, there is always something new to explore.
Now, let’s get to the point – is your motherboard UEFI?
About the UEFI
For those who aren’t long time Windows users, we think we should explain UEFI first. UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. This is nothing but an alternative to BIOS. Now, many people are confused because they do not know whether their computer uses UEFI or BIOS. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to find out but before that, let’s see why UEFI is better than BIOS.
Benefits of UEFI boot mode
- It allows fast booting
- It is power efficient
- It has fault management
- It has system management
- It allows multiple (over four) drive partitions
- It is robust and highly reliable
- You can create partitions larger than 2 TB with UEFI
Does My Motherboard Support UEFI?
Follow these simple steps and you will have the answer:
- In the File Explorer, go to the C drive. You will see C:/Windows/Panther folder. This folder will have a file called setupact.log. When you click on this, it will open in Notepad by default.
- Open the Find Box now and search for Detected Boot Environment.
- This is where you will know if the motherboard is UEFI or BIOS.
If this looks too complicated, we have another alternative that you could try. This will be faster. Just open Run and type the command MSINFO32. When you do this, System Information will open up. Here, under System Summary, you will be able to find out whether it is BIOS or UEFI.
“Legacy” indicates that the system is BIOS and UEFI indicates that the system is, of course, UEFI.
If you are still unable to figure out whether your motherboard is UEFI, you may want to directly ask a professional and ease yourself from the hassle.
We would like to know whether our article helped you and answered your questions. Please feel free to let us know through comments. If there are any further doubts, we will be happy to help with those as well!