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How to access the BIOS for Windows 10

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Many roads lead to BIOS. While the system is still booting, you can simply enter the BIOS using a keystroke. You can also enter the BIOS if your Windows computer is newer, perhaps one that has UEFI BIOS.

We have collected all the ways that you can enter your BIOS on Windows 10, Windows 8 and older Windows versions.

The BIOS can be used to modify basic computer settings like the boot order and system date. It is also known by the “Setup” acronym.

How to Get Into UEFI BIOS

Modern computers can boot way too fast. Windows 7 and higher have an easier way of accessing the BIOS. You will still need to start Windows.

How to access the BIOS for Windows 10

Go to settings (Windows + I), > Update and Security > Recovery, then click Restart now. You’ll need to restart the computer.

If you choose to restart using advanced startup, your first choice will be which boot options you want. Next, click Troubleshoot>>> UEFI Firmware Settings. The screen will then open.

How to access the BIOS for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

An entire article was published in on how to access the BIOS of Windows 8.

To open the charms bar, press the combination Windows+C key combination, then click on the settings icon and select change PC settings to the bottom right. Navigate to PC Settings and click restart now under Advanced startup header.

Windows 8.1’s steps are slightly different. Under PC Settings navigate to the Upgrade and Recovery tab. Next go to Repair. Finally click Resume now.

Alternativly, hold down the Shift keyboard and click Resume under the Shut Down menu.

The computer will now restart into boot options. Just like Windows 10, go to troubleshoot Advanced option UEFI Firmware settings and click restart.

How to access the BIOS on an older PC

If you are still running Windows 7 or an older Windows version of Windows, you can use the traditional way to enter the BIOS. This is where you wait until the right moment and then press the correct key.

What is the Best Time to Enter the BIOS

The optimal moment is sometime between powering up the computer and when the operating software is starting. The BIOS is essentially responsible for initializing your hardware, but it does not hand over the bootloader to start the operating system. You missed the moment when the operating system was starting up. The logos are often displayed to indicate this.

A message may appear that you are in the right moment. It is most likely to say something like, “Press to Enter Setup” also means that it reveals which key you need to press.

In the absence of such messages, the appropriate moment is usually when you see logos of manufacturers before you boot the operating systems.

You can avoid missing the moment that the BIOS will open by pressing the right key immediately before the computer turns on. Then hold the key down until it opens. If it doesn’t work, then you might not be pressing the right key.

What is the Right Key to Setup?

As you have seen, it is dependent on your hardware. It also depends on the motherboard that the BIOS is on.

Common keys to enter BIOS are F1, Delete, Esc and F2, as well as key combinations such Ctrl alt + Esc. These are easier on older machines. Note that F10, for example, might launch the boot menu. Your computer’s manufacturer and model will determine the key combination.

You can continue to experiment until you find your key. Press multiple keys at once to get lucky.

Acer BIOS Keys

Setup is easiest with F2.

You can also use F1 on older computers or the key combination Alt + Esc

If your computer uses an ACER BIOS, you can revert the BIOS settings to bootable by pressing and holding down the F10 keys. After you hear two clicks, your settings have been restored.

ASRock BIOS Keys

Is your ASRock motherboard in use? If you see the logo appearing on your boot screen, it’s likely that your computer is running on an ASRock motherboard. You can enter the BIOS by either F2, or.

Asus BIOS Keys

Like Acer, the most popular key is F2.

It may also be the and Insert keys, depending on your model. And, less frequently, .

Dell BIOS Keys

If you have a Dell computer with a newer model, you can try the F2 keyboard while you view the Dell logo.

Alternative options include and Delete. HTML12 is also available. may also be an option.

Older models could use CTRL + Alt + Enter or delete or Fn+ Esc or HTML3_ Fn+ HTML3_.

HP BIOS Keys

HTML10 is the most used key to enter setup on HP computers. Esc is another popular key.

On some HP computers F1 F2 , HTML6 or F11 can open the gateways to the BIOS.

Access the BIOS via HP Tablet PCs , HTML12.

HP has created information for its BIOS.

Lenovo BIOS Keys

A Lenovo desktop computer’s keys should be able to get you into BIOS. Try F2, Fn+ for laptops.

Older hardware might need the key combination CTRL + Alt + HTML3 or CTRL + Alt + Insert Key.

For those with a ThinkPad, this Lenovo resource shows you how to access the BIOS in a ThinkPad.

Microsoft Surface Tablets

It is possible to attach a keyboard, but it is impossible to get into the BIOS. The trick is to touch and hold the volume button and then press the power key. When the Windows logo appears, you can release the volume button. This should take you to the UEFI BIOS.

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