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Suggestion For ASUS With Regard To UEFI Defaults

ag368
Level 9

After just recently moving from BIOS (GPT) to UEFI I performed a BIOS update to 2002 that clears all the BIOS settings. After getting the message to press "F1" to go into the BIOS and then pressing "F5" to load optimal settings, I discovered, upon restart, that the motherboard would not boot into Windows or any bootable device that I have. I was in full panic mode and reverted the BIOS to the previous version and noticed that the problem persisted. Thinking that it was the Intel ME that was the issue, I began researching the internet to see how to revert the ME back to the previous version. Then it occurred to me to go check the UEFI setting. Sure enough, the Windows UEFI setting reverts to "Other" in the BIOS after an upgrade.

Would it be possible to have the default setting be "Windows UEFI" instead of other to prevent heart attacks in the future? I imagine the majority of the people are running some version of Windows as their primary OS.

Thank you!

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Gamestress
Level 9

Boot | Secure Boot | OS Type -> Windows UEFI mode

Boot | Secure Boot | Secure Boot Mode -> Standard

above settings are the only settings retained after I flash a firmware update.

what you experienced is the same as I do. Loading ‘optimal defaults’ clears those UEFI settings so not the firmware update itself but the load optimal settings does this.

I think the only way is (I do) to keep a list with all settings applied and after every firmware update set them again. The only annoyance i found out by updating the firmware (resetting settings Including fan / Xmp profiles).

Thank you for the information! I suspect that I may have attempted to load optimized defaults after updating the BIOS and didn't notice the change to the UEFI settings. I wish that ASUS would set Optimized Defaults for Windows since that is going to be the primary OS. It seems like manually writing down the settings would be the best way. Do you happen to know if there is an Asus utility that lets you save your BIOS settings into a text file by chance? I've seen some people sharing their BIOS profiles on the forums here.

Gamestress
Level 9

@ag368 wrote:

Do you happen to know if there is an Asus utility that lets you save your BIOS settings into a text file by chance? I've seen some people sharing their BIOS profiles on the forums here.


You can try to begin with this [Motherboard] How to save and load the BIOS settings? 

You can export a CMO and or a TXT file. Please mind that for exporting a TXT you have to presst CTRL and F2 to export a TXT file instead of an unreadable CMO file. Guess exporting to 'profiles' will eventually be erased when you flash a new firmware. Offline exports would I prefer.

I guess you can export the (binary) CMO file  and import after a BIOS flash but i like to start from fresh (the defaults that might come with a new firmware update and start from here with the differences only).

I don't think you can import the TXT file, it's just a human readable file. But even if you do have this file, this will contain all settings so not just the ones you changed yourself. Therefore again I would suggest to document only your settings/changes. It's possible to compare multiple exported TXT files afterwards to see what has changed I think.

I took the liberty to share my settings (TUF GAMING Z790-PLUS WIFI):

  • Ai Tweaker | ASUS MultiCore Enhancement | Disabled -> Enforce All Limits
    Just my personal opinion not to overclock outside specs. Keeps the (aircooled) CPU cool.
  • Advanced | PCH Storage Configuration | SATA Controller(s) -> Disabled
    All SSD, so no need for SATA device / driver loaded. Frees up resources.
  • Advanced | Thermal Configuration | Intel(R) Dynamic Tuning Technology | Enabled
    Just enabled this for DTT support (Best CPU core/cache select supported games) now also for i13700K processor.
  • Advanced | APM Configuration | ErP Ready -> Enable(S4+S5)
    Lower power usage when power off computer
  • Advanced | Onboard Devices Configuration | HD Audio -> Disabled
    All USB Headset so no need for audio device / driver loaded. Frees up resources.
  • Advanced | Onboard Devices Configuration | Connectivity mode (Wi-Fi & Bluetooth) -> Disabled
    Ethernet cable so no use WiFi or BT, frees up resources.
  • Advanced | Onboard Devices Configuration | GNA Device | Enabled
    Just enabled this, it seems it's a coprocessor and takes no resources when not in use.
  • Advanced | Onboard Devices Configuration | Serial Port Configuration | Serial Port -> Disabled
    I guess not even available so to free up resources disabled.
  • Boot | Secure Boot | OS Type -> Windows UEFI mode
    (1/2 setting retained when flashing firmware, optimized defaults does resets this)
  • Boot | Secure Boot | Secure Boot Mode -> Standard
    (2/2 setting retained when flashing firmware, optimized defaults does resets this)
  • Boot | Boot Configuration | Fast Boot -> Disabled
    Better stable full booting Windows then the hybrid thing (feels less stable) also powercfg.exe -h off in Windows
  • Boot | Boot Configuration | Boot Logo Display | POST Delay Time -> 0 sec
    Well, here you can shave off some booting delay
  • Tool | ASUS Armory Crate | Download & Install ARMORY CRATE app -> Disabled
    The horror, when enabled a UEFI device will be created and this ****** will be downloaded automatically. Not even manually I would think of installing this.

 

Save and reboot

 

  • XMP Profile 1
    Enables memory overclocking
     

Save and reboot

 

  • ASUS Q-fan tuning
    I don't have a liquid cooler but connected a case fan to this position. So must tune this from always 100% to the other casefan profiles.
     

Save and reboot

 

So, my goal was to be conservative but disable as much as devices not in use (therefore freeing potential bad drivers, interrupts, memory etc.) 

 

To be examined:

Advanced | PCH Storage Configuration | USB Configuration | Legacy USB Support ?

Advanced | PCH Storage Configuration | USB Configuration |XHCI Hand-off ?

Advanced | Onboard Devices Configuration | USB power delivery in Soft Off state (S5) ? (Done through ErP Ready settings)