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).

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.


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.


  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.