Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is replacing BIOS as a technology that newer computers and operating systems use to boot computers. EFI is sometimes referred to as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

Before you begin

Verify that the following conditions are met:

  • The guest operating system to be installed on the virtual machine supports EFI firmware.

  • The virtual machine uses hardware version 8 or later.

  • The software to boot the system is installed.

About this task

You can choose to boot a virtual machine by using the EFI firmware option or select BIOS in the New Virtual Machine wizard when you use a custom configuration.

You can specify the EFI firmware option when you create a remote virtual machine in shared virtual machine mode.


  1. In the Workstation Pro interface, select VM > Settings.
  2. Click the Options tab and click Advanced.
  3. Select the Boot with EFI instead of BIOS check box.
  4. Click OK.