Emulators on UEFI

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Icon UEFI.png
Type Firmware interface

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a replacement of BIOS (Basic Input/Output System).

The main benefit of using an emulator for UEFI is that once installed on a USB stick/other media it can run on any computer that supports UEFI. emulators for UEFI shouldn't affect the Hard Disk.

The main drawback of using an emulator for UEFI is that there are so few systems emulated. Consider creating Live USB with Linux, this will allow you if your chosen distro allows it to have Persistent files on the USB such as game saves. like UEFI a live USB shouldn't affect the Hard Disk of your computer.

Note that you need an computer without a UEFI password or to know the password to change the boot order from Hard Disk to a different drive


BIOS is basic firmware to boot-up computers, to perform hardware initialization, Created by IBM.
IBM's BIOS was originally proprietary to the IBM PC but was reverse engineered by companies seeking to make IBM PC compatible PC's


UEFI is a replacement of IBM's BIOS, UEFI is an open standard and IBM's BIOS is proprietary.
UEFI also has advantages such as support for x86 (normal desktop) and ARM processors (raspberry pi, phones, etc.), UEFI also has support for C and python programming allowing programs such as emulators to be coded for it.



See Also[edit]

Console specific articles
Operating systems