How to Enter BIOS on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

BIOS is the acronym of basic input/output system, which you can use to control the basic functions of the PC. If you don’t know how to enter BIOS on Windows 10, the newest Windows system, or if you forget the ways of opening BIOS on Windows 8.1, 8, 7, etc., this is a collection of how to enter the system.

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How to Enter BIOS Configuration

After the Windows 10 upgrade, you may fail to hit F2 or other function keys to open the BIOS, because Windows 10 keeps the similar Fast Startup feature as Windows 8, which makes the way to enter BIOS is different from that of Windows 7 or XP.

Let’s see how to enter the BIOS on Windows OS:

Enter BIOS on Windows 10, 8.1, 8

Method 1: Open the BIOS Configuration via Desktop

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + I to launch Settings.
  2. Select Update & security and then choose Recovery tab from the left column.
  3. Under the Advanced startup, click Restart Now to enter a blue screen menu.

Note: You can also enter the same menu by holding down the Shift key while you click on Restart on Power menu or on login screen.

  1. Click Troubleshoot and then select Advanced options.
  1. Select UEFI Firmware Settings and then click Restart.

Now you are entering BIOS configuration interface.

If you do not find the UEFI Firmware Settings on the blue screen, you can also enter BIOS on Windows 10 or 8 with methods below.

Method 2: Use Function Keys to Enter BIOS

It is hard to use function keys to enter BIOS on Windows 10 or 8, but this is still available on some computers. The key is in the Fast Startup. So first and foremost, you need to disable the feature, which will make a slow boot to help you enter BIOS by hitting a function key such as F1 or F2

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + X to open the Jump List and select Control Panel.
  2. Select the Power Options and then click the Choose what the power buttons do.
  3. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable and you will see the Shutdown settings below has been activated.
  4. Disable the Turn on fast startup and then save changes.

Now restart your computer. When you see the Brand LOGO, hold the function key as quickly as you can. This will make you enter BIOS.

Enter BIOS on Windows 7, Vista, XP

When you want to enter BIOS on Windows 7 and its predecessors, if you are familiar with the brand of the motherboard on your computer, it will be easy for you to remember the function key.

To enter BIOS on Windows 7 or the previous Windows OS, you need to press the function key(s) as fast as you can once you power on or restart the PC and see the brand LOGO.

Here are 3 major BIOS and the function keys accessing to the system.

  1. Phoenix BIOS. It is the common BIOS used on most brands of laptop, for example, Dell. And the function key you can use to enter BIOS is F2.
  1. Phoenix-Award BIOS. Press the key Del or Ctrl + Alt + Esc to enter the BIOS. You can use the key to enter the Award BIOS of most the motherboard.
  1. AMI BIOS. The key to enter AMI (American Megatrens Inc.) BIOS is Del or Esc.

Other types of BIOS and the function key to enter BIOS:

Compaq BIOS – F10 (Note: Compaq BIOS is commonly used on HP computers)

MR BIOS – Esc or Ctrl + Alt + Esc

ALR BIOS – F2 or Ctrl + Alt + Esc



Note: If you don’t know your BIOS, follow the steps below to check the BIOS style.

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R to launch Run.
  2. Type dxdiag into the box and press the Enter.
  3. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will pop up and you can find the BIOS type on the screen.

You may want to check out:

Easy Way to Free Update Your BIOS on Dell, Acer, Asus, HP, Toshiba, IBM, Sony, Lenovo

Micron BIOS/Motherboard Drivers Download and Update on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation BIOS F.03

Dell Latitude E6400 ATG System BIOS A09

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