If you have an older computer, a simple keystroke at the right moment while the system is booting will get you into the BIOS. As many of us have a newer Windows computer, maybe one that came with UEFI BIOS, the BIOS can the entered even more easily.
How to Enter the BIOS on Windows 11?
Navigate to Settings (Win + I) > System > Recovery, then click on Restart now next to the “Advanced startup” option. As soon as this is pressed it will restart your computer.
While your computer is restarting in Advanced startup mode, you have the ability to choose the boot options. On the screen that appears, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings, then click on Restart, this will boot straight into Windows 11’s UEFI BIOS.
How to enter the BIOS on Windows 10?
1. Make your way to Settings, get there by clicking the gear icon on the Start menu.
2. Click on Update & Security.
3. Click on Recovery.
4. Click on Restart Now under Advanced startup, after you do so, the computer will reboot to a different menu.
5. Click on Troubleshoot.
6. Select Advanced options.
7. Click on UEFI Firmware Settings. If you are not able to see this icon, then click Startup Settings instead. While the PC restarts, tap F1 (or F2) to access the BIOS.
8. Select Restart the system will restart and take you to the BIOS.
How to Access the BIOS on an Older PC?
If you happen to still be using Windows 7 or an earlier Windows version, you will have to employ the traditional way of entering the BIOS, i.e., wait till the right moment during startup, then hit the right key.
The Right Moment to Enter BIOS
The right moment is in-between powering on the computer and the operating system launch. The time window is narrow, as the BIOS essentially only initializes your hardware before it hands it over to the bootloader, which then boots the OS you’re running. After the operating system starts up it is often indicated by displaying the respective logo, and if you can see that, then you missed the moment.
There might be a message that indicates the right moment, the message most likely says something like “Press <Del> to Enter Setup,” which also reveals the key that has to be pressed.
Enter Setup or BIOS on a PC
If you see no such message, the right moment generally is when the manufacturer logo appears before the booting of the operating system
The easiest to enter BIOS is to press the right key before you power on the computer, then keep holding it until the BIOS appears. If that doesn’t work, it means that you are not pressing the right key.
The most common keys to enter the BIOS are F1, F2, F10, Delete, and Esc. There are a few key combinations as well, such as Ctrl + Alt + Esc or Ctrl + Alt + Delete, however, these are more common on older machines.
Note – F10 might launch something else, like the boot menu.
The exact key or key combination depends on the computer manufacturer as well as the model.
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