29

After installing fedora and Centos and other OS now I have them all showing in my Boot menu [F2] on start up not the menu form the OS even after deleting them and reinstaling other OS - Ubuntu -so It just shows one when the OS starts but when I go to UEFI setting I still find all the old ones they instruct you to use DEL to take them out but that does not work

1 Answer 1

42

The menu to which you refer is the firmware's built-in boot manager. Its entries are stored in NVRAM, and can be edited by any number of tools in various environments:

  • Some EFIs provide a means to do this via their setup utility. Details vary from one system to another, though, and many don't permit you to add or delete boot manager entries.
  • The EFI version 2 shell provides a command called bcfg that can do the job. You'd need to do bcfg boot dump -b to see the entries, then bcfg boot rm # to delete entry number # -- # must be the number associated with whatever entry you want to remove. For example, if the entry is Boot0002 Fedora, then # is 2.
  • In Linux, efibootmgr can do the job: Type efibootmgr or efibootmgr -v to see the entries, then do efibootmgr -b # -B to delete entry #. (You must type these commands as root or using sudo.)
  • In Windows, the EasyUEFI tool should be able to handle the job, although I've only toyed with it briefly, so I can't give detailed instructions.

Be aware that in any of these cases, you may have leftover files on your EFI System Partition (ESP). You can delete them through normal file-manipulation commands, although depending on your OS, you may need to explicitly mount the ESP. If they aren't referenced, the files won't do any real harm, unless they consume so much space that they prevent you from installing another OS or updating your boot manager. The files will normally be stored in subdirectories of the EFI directory on the ESP; most OSes create subdirectories named after themselves or the companies that create them, such as EFI/ubuntu for Ubuntu or EFI/Microsoft for Windows.

7
  • Thanks this looks more like what I was looking for but i get " Boot0002 Fedora HD(1,800,64000,302c2451-c097-4942-8007-140e08449e9f)File(\EFI\fedora\shim.efi) " so what should I use for the # ?? I tried the name and then I tried Boot0002 and non of them work
    – Talal
    Jun 22, 2015 at 18:30
  • OK got it it is just the single number of the boot like in the case above 2 :) thanks alot @RodSmith
    – Talal
    Jun 22, 2015 at 20:40
  • 3
    Sometimes it is necessary to remove the folder on the EFI partition as well, otherwise it will be added back on reboot askubuntu.com/questions/788708 Jun 19, 2016 at 7:37
  • Note that sgdisk -i is useful to determine wheter a partition with a specified GUID exists or not in case you use efibootmgr
    – Ini
    Dec 23, 2018 at 20:04
  • Isnt's there just one command? I have an old laptop thata doesnt have Windows anymore and the boot options is filled over a 100 'Windows Boot Manager' entries to the point it takes 5 minutes just to load the EFI/Legacy settings. I would like to wipe these fuckers off because it's annoying. I can't install anything because it takes forever to enumerate the boot entries
    – chx101
    Jul 30, 2019 at 4:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.