How to enable Legacy Boot in Windows 10

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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How to enable Legacy Boot in Windows 10

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The Legacy Boot mode (BIOS) is slowly but steadily leaving the Windows platform. Albeit, lots of Linux and Windows 7 users are still using the Legacy boot, for various reasons. Nonetheless, in order to enable Legacy boot in Windows 10, you’ll have a harder time than on some earlier Windows iterations.

Luckily, we got your back. Below you can find the whole operation and even the comparison between the two.

Steps to enable Legacy boot on any Windows 10 PC

Let’s start with explaining why one would choose to use the Legacy boot option instead of the UEFI on a compatible PC. Most of the contemporary configurations support both Legacy BIOS and UEFI booting options. And the latter is the default version. However, if you have a Windows 10 installation drive with an MBR (Master Boot Record) partitioning style, you won’t be able to boot and install it in the UEFI boot mode. And this is a common problem.

Also, if you have HDD partitioned and formatted as a GPT drive, you won’t be able to install Windows 10 from an MBR drive. And vice versa. But, this is a story for some other time, as we’ll try to focus on enabling Legacy BIOS boot on your PC today.

Now, if you, for any reason, need to boot your PC in the Legacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI, the BIOS/UEFI settings are the place to be. There, you should have an easy time changing the Boot mode from one to another. However, with Windows 10 and its Fast Boot, the mere accessing the BIOS/UEFI settings isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

How to access BIOS/UEFI settings

Now, here’s the procedure you need to follow on Windows 10 in order to access the BIOS/UEFI Settings:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Choose Update & Security.
  3. Select Recovery from the left pane.
  4. Under the Advanced startup, click Restart now.How to enable Legacy Boot in Windows 10
  5. Choose Troubleshoot.
  6. Select Advanced options.
  7. Choose UEFI Firmware Settings and click Restart.

Once there, navigate to the Boot section and replace UEFI with the Legacy (or Legacy BIOS) option. On the other hand, if the option is grayed out, you’ll need to set the Administrator password and reboot your device.

Enter the boot password and access the BIOS/UEFI settings again. You should be able to switch to Legacy mode this time. We suggest removing the Administrative password afterward, as it’ll pop-up every time you boot the PC.

That’s it. If you have any alternative ways you can provide us with, feel free to do so. The comments section is just below.

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