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How to Determine if Your Microsoft Windows 8 System is Running in UEFI Mode


Article ID: 181408


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This article applies to Symantec Encryption Desktop version 10.3.1 only.

Symantec Encryption Desktop encrypts boot disks differently depending upon whether your Windows 8 system boots in BIOS mode or UEFI mode. Windows 8 UEFI boot systems are not supported in this release.

To determine whether your system boots in UEFI mode:

  1. On the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen, start typing msinfo32 (Search automatically appears on the right) and press Enter.
  2. In the System Information window, look for the following line:


If this line is missing, or the value is populated with the makers name, your system is booting in BIOS mode.