How to Configure Surface Pro 3 UEFI/BIOS Settings

In this article, you will find out how to enter the Surface Pro 3 UEFI/BIOS settings and how to configure boot order, managing device security and more.

How to enter Surface Pro 3 UEFI/BIOS Settings

Every Surface Pro models and Surface 3 don’t use BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). It’s replaced by a firmware interface called the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This new firmware interface allows your Surface boot faster and providing better security improvements.

In this article, you will find out how to get to the Surface Pro 3 UEFI settings. You will see also about how to configure the UEFI settings to improve the device security, check your device information and more.

1 How to access Surface Pro 3 UEFI settings?

You can enter Surface Pro UEFI setup screen only while your device is starting up. Here is how you do that:

  • Shut down your Surface.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up button on your Surface, then press and release the Power button.
  • When you see the Surface logo screen appear, release the Volume Up button. The UEFI settings menu will appear in a few seconds.

After you have made any changes to the UEFI settings, you can save or delete those changes by:

  • In UEFI settings menu, choose Exit Setup, and you will see the following screen:
    Surface Pro 3 UEFI Settings Main Menu
  • Now you have 2 options:
    • Yes – it will save your changes and restart your Surface.
    • No – it will delete your changes and restart your Surface.

2 What is Trusted Platform Module (TPM)?

The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a technology that provides a major advancement over BIOS in hardware-based security features. It is a specialized chip that stores RSA encryption keys specific to each Surface device for hardware authentication.

The TPM technology is a requirement of BitLocker disk encryption. The TPM helps you to encrypt/decrypt entire disk without required your complex long passphrases. It means that the encryption key and decryption key are stored within the TPM chip. So your encrypted disks can’t be accessed on other devices.

3 What is Secure Boot Control?

The Secure Boot is a technology which blocks the loading of uncertified bootloaders and drives. It helps to prevent your Surface being loaded with unauthorized operating systems and malicious software applications.

If you desire to install other operating systems like Ubuntu, or other Linux distributions, you may need to disable this feature in the UEFI settings above.

4 How to Check Your Surface Pro 3 Device Information via UEFI settings?

Through UEFI settings, you can find out more information about your device identities such as System UUID, Serial Number, and Asset Tag. To check that information:

  • Enter Surface UEFI settings as the instructions above.
  • In UEFI settings menu, choose Device Information and you will see the following information:Surface Pro 3 UEFI Settings - Device Information

5 How to Change System Boot Order on Surface Pro 3?

To change the alternate system boot order on your Surface Pro 3:

  • Enter Surface UEFI settings as the instructions above.
  • In UEFI settings menu, you will see Configure Alternate System Boot Order as below:Surface Pro 3 UEFI Settings - Boot Order
  • Select the option and choose one of the following options:
    • SSD only
    • Network -> USB -> SSD
    • USB -> Network -> SSD
    • USB -> SSD
    • Network -> SSD

6 How to Manage Device Security on Surface Pro 3 UEFI Settings?

Surface Pro 3 allows you to disable some of your surface device components and features to meet your specific Security requirements. You can enable or disable those security options by:

  • Enter Surface UEFI settings as the instructions above.
  • In UEFI settings menu, choose Advanced Device Security and you will see the following options:
    Surface Pro 3 UEFI Settings - Advanced Device Security
  • In my Surface Pro 3 with UEFI Version 2.16.1243, there are following advanced security options:
    • Network Boot –  enable/disable network boot functionality.
    • Side USB – enable/disable the ability to boot from a USB device. However, the side USB port remains enabled in Windows.
    • Docking port –  enable/disable the ability to connect to the Surface Pro 3 docking station or the Surface Dock.
    • Front Camera – enable/disable the front facing camera.
    • Rear Camera – enable/disable main rear camera.
    • OnBoard Audio – enable/disable internal audio or speakers.
    • microSD – enable/disable microSD port.
    • WiFi – enable/disable Wi-Fi. It will also disable the Bluetooth if you disable the WiFi option.
    • Bluetooth – enable/disable the internal Bluetooth.
    • On Screen Keyboard – enable/disable the on-screen keyboard functionality.

7 How to Protect UEFI settings with a password on Surface Pro 3?

You can prevent others from changing your UEFI settings by setting an Administrator Password in UEFI settings. To do that:

  • Enter Surface UEFI settings as the instructions above.
  • In UEFI settings menu, choose Administrator Pass and you will see the following requirements:
    Surface Pro 3 UEFI Settings - Administrator Password
  • You will need to enter a password in the box with your keyboard or the on-screen keyboard with following criteria:
    • Minimum Length: 4 characters
    • Maximum Length: 20 characters
    • Alphanumeric values only

Note If you enter the administrator password incorrectly three times, you’ll be locked out of the UEFI. Restart your Surface to enter the password again.

Important If you set a password for the UEFI, record it in a safe place. If you forget the password, you won’t be able to access the UEFI settings. You can only reset the administrator password from within the UEFI.
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