The basics on how to Enter the BIOS on Windows 10. Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is the initial low-level code that allows your PC to start up correctly when it’s first powered up. Some PC users will be familiar with the instruction to press a key during bootup to access BIOS.
On Computers, the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) is essential low-level software that sits on one of the chips of the motherboard, and it’s responsible for basic operations, such as booting and configuring hardware (mouse, keyboard, memory, processor, etc.).
If you’ve bought a PC or laptop in recent years, then there’s a very good chance you’ll have a UEFI rather than traditional BIOS onboard.
The route to this can be more complex, while sparing you the need to have lightning-quick reactions as you scramble for the right button when you turn on your device.
However, you might still see the traditional ‘Press F2 for setup’ on the screen depending on your motherboard.
If you don’t, then let your PC boot into Windows 10. Open the Start Menu, then click on the Power button.
When you see the Sleep, Restart, or Shutdown options appear, hold down Shift and click Restart.
Alternatively, you can navigate to Settings>Update & Security>Recovery, then under the Advanced startup option click Restart now.
How to Enter the BIOS on Windows 10 and Older Versions
Use Windows 10’s Start Menu
‣ Access your Windows settings
‣ Navigate to your Windows start menu and select “Settings” on the left panel. You can also access your Windows setting by using Windows shortcut keys Windows + I.
‣ Select “Update & security”
‣ Within this window, you may need to scroll down to find the “Update & security” button.
‣ Select “Recovery”
‣ Click “Restart now”
‣ Under “Advanced startup” you will see a “Restart now” button that allows you to reboot your PC for configuration or restoration.
‣ After your PC boots back up, you will be met with a special menu that gives you the option to “Use a device,” “Continue,” “Turn off your PC,” or “Troubleshoot.”
‣ Select “Troubleshoot”
‣ Within this window, select “Advanced options” then select “UEFI Firmware Settings.” This will allow you to enter BIOS on your Windows 10 PC.
‣ Confirm your restart
How to Enter BIOS or UEFI Menu in Older Versions of Windows
While the legacy BIOS has been replaced by UEFI on most modern PCs, some users may still be using it.
This is especially true if you’re trying to use an older PC with an operating system like Windows 7 or Windows XP.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a built-in option to boot into the BIOS menu using Windows—you’ll need to do it manually.
This is where things can get tricky. To do this, you’ll need to interrupt the boot-up sequence when your PC is first turned on.
You usually do this by pressing a certain key on your keyboard, but different manufacturers use different keys for this process.
You can usually spot which key to press (very briefly) during the boot-up sequence if your BIOS instructions are shown.
If they aren’t, or you can’t spot them in time, check the user manual for your PC or motherboard to find the right key to press.
You can also try some of the common keys, such as ESC, Delete, F1, F2, F10, or F12. You’ll need to press this key (potentially more than once) as your PC starts up—if you fail, turn your PC off and try again.
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