Originally Posted by NyteOwl
That is a strange machine then. I have never seen a machine (UEFI or not) where you needed the operating system pre-installed in order to access the BIOS. To set it up in that manner would prohibit upgrading a hard drive or recovering from a catastrophic failure. I really think something else is at work here. What hardware (manufacurer/model)?
I fully agree, it's the reason I was "stumped".
It's a Toshiba Sattelite Z930... the win8 edition.
I've tried the instructions for getting into the BIOS of the previous version (holding 0 and releasing after a second as well as just holding) as well as the same patterns with 1, f1, f2, f8, f12 and del.
Nothing apparently works.
There are currently 4 partitions, all active, one of them is, obviously, C:, one is the UEFI "BOOT" partition, one is the recovery partition and one is an unlabeled "primary" partition at the end of the disk.
Only current way I could find to get into BIOS is PC Settings->advanced boot options->UEFI settings.
As far as I can tell it's the only way of getting there (though I should check the BOOT partition and see if maybe it's a .efi file in there??).
I have no problems in setting Arch up but manipulating EFI (( and booting into EFI mode )) is beyond my patience scope.