How to tell if Windows 10 runs in UEFI mode or in the Legacy BIOS mode

Many modern PCs run the installed OS in UEFI mode. But almost all of them have a fallback mode which allows the hardware to be configured in the legacy mode called BIOS mode. Here is how you can tell which mode exactly is used on your Windows 10 PC.

Press the Win + R hotkeys together on the keyboard and type the following command in your Run box:

msinfo32

Tip: See the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
Windows 10 msinfo32 In the System Summary section, look at the BIOS mode value in the right pane. It can have the value 'Legacy' or 'UEFI'. The legacy mode means that your hardware does not support UEFI, or that it's disabled for some compatibility reasons. In the screenshot below, you can see that my VirtualBox install of Windows 10 runs in the Legacy mode: Windows 10 bios mode

That's it. You can use this information in case you need to create some bootable media such as a USB stick. Using the output from MSInfo32, you can be sure which type, bootable UEFI USB stick or bootable USB stick (legacy) to create to install Windows 10.

Msinfo32 also lists the Secure Boot State, your PC's motherboard manufacturer and your BIOS Version/Date. It has plenty of interesting information about your PC.

6 thoughts on “How to tell if Windows 10 runs in UEFI mode or in the Legacy BIOS mode

  1. Bhanu Prakash

    can u plz help me to remove blue double head icons on folders

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  2. EBIN

    Wow very useful. I always wondered how to find this, but was too lazy to google it :D

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      heh, I am happy to hear that this article is useful for you.

      Reply
  3. Sirous E. Aghajary

    So many thanks for your good explanations.

    Reply
  4. Miguel Rodríguez

    You can also use Windows Panther directory logs:

    type C:\Windows\Panther\setupact.log|find /i “Detected boot environment”

    Extracted from: http://www.sysadmit.com/2017/04/windows-uefi-o-legacy-bios.html

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Nice. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

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