How to enter BIOS on Windows 10

Bios (basic input/output system) is a pre-installed program that enables the computer to perform tasks as soon as it is turned on. It deals with the early stages of the startup process and ensures the OS is correctly loaded into memory. It takes care of the computer’s CPU, RAM, storage, and ports. BIOS is connected to the motherboard and controls almost everything. So, how to enter BIOS on Windows 10? Keep reading because we are going to show you how to do just that.

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How to access BIOS?

To access BIOS, a restart of your computer is required. You can do it by pressing the appropriate key/keys during the booting process and it usually depends on the manufacturer. After pressing the right keys combination, you’ll see the BIOS setup screen.

Some things you can do with the help of BIOS or UEFI:

–           You can play with the boot order though it is not a thing to be played with. It helps when you are fixing something in your device and want to run it to test it.

–           Remove or create a BIOS password.

–           Change CD/DVD/BD settings.

–           Enable or disable the computer logo.


How to enter BIOS on Windows 10

If you have bought your computer in recent years (the past four or five years), then the chances that you have UEFI ( User Extensible Firmware Interface) and not the traditional BIOS. UEFI is newer and is a more powerful alternative for the BIOS. It can load faster and handle larger hard disks easily. UEFI can be controlled with both your mouse and the keyboard. In some UEFI’s, the mouse may not work up to the expectation. So, it would good if can use your keyboard.

The ‘press f2 for setup’ pop up might probably tempt you when you boot the system. However, in the latest devices, the booting process happens too quickly to press the f2 or any other key. Anyway, if you can’t find the ‘press f2 for setup’ option in the device while powering it on, open the start menu after the device gets powered on and press the power button. The three options, Sleep, Restart or Shut Down, will appear. Click Restart while pressing down the Shift button.

Otherwise, you can follow the instructions below to access the BIOS or UEFI.

  1. Click the gear-shaped ‘settings’ icon. You can locate it in the Start menu.
  2. Choose the ‘Update and Security’ option. It is usually the last option.
  3. Select ‘Recovery’ from the options on your left.
  4. You can spot the ‘Restart now’ under the topic ‘Advanced startup’. Your system will restart, and a blue screen with “Choose an option’ on the top will appear. The restart happens immediately, so be prepared and save any file of importance.
  5. Among the three options, continue, troubleshoot, and turn off your pc. Choose the option ‘troubleshoot’.
  6. Go to ‘Advanced options’.
  7. Select ‘UEFI firmware settings’.

(If you can’t find this selection on your device, then select Startup settings instead. When your PC restarts, click on F1 or F2 to access BIOS)

  1. After selecting ‘UEFI firmware settings, click the Restart button. You will be taken to BIOS.

Having access to the UEFI, you can freely tweak the settings. However, be careful. Make sure you know what actions you take as severe damage can be caused otherwise. While messing around with BIOS, you can accidentally confuse your PC or in the worst case, you can make it not to boot at all. Take the reference from the manual given or consult the manufacturer. Make sure you are well aware of what you are doing and the consequences.