BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is the firmware interface between a computer’s hardware and its operating system. It’s essential to access the BIOS to troubleshoot hardware issues, configure settings, and update firmware. This guide will walk you through the process of entering the BIOS in a Windows 10 computer.
Before entering the BIOS, it’s essential to save all your work and close any open applications. Entering the BIOS will require a reboot, and any unsaved data may be lost.
2. Accessing the Boot Menu
To enter the BIOS, you need to access the Boot Menu. There are two ways to enter the Boot Menu:
Method 1: Using the Boot Menu Key
As soon as you start your computer, you will see a splash screen with the manufacturer’s logo. At this point, you need to press the appropriate key to access the Boot Menu. The Boot Menu key varies depending on the computer’s manufacturer. Some common Boot Menu keys include:
- F2 for Dell, Asus, HP, and Lenovo
- F10 for HP
- F12 for Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba
- Delete for MSI and Gigabyte
If you are unsure of the Boot Menu key for your computer, consult your computer’s documentation or the manufacturer’s website.
Method 2: Using Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options
If you miss the window to press the Boot Menu key or if your keyboard doesn’t register the key press, you can access the Boot Menu through Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options:
- Right-click the Start button and select Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- From the left pane, choose Recovery.
- Under Advanced Startup, click Restart now.
- After your computer restarts, choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings.
- Click Restart to enter the BIOS.
3. Navigating the BIOS
Once you’ve entered the BIOS, you can use the arrow keys to navigate the menus and the Enter key to select options. The ESC key can be used to go back to the previous screen or exit the BIOS. Keep in mind that the BIOS interface may vary depending on the manufacturer.
4. Saving Changes and Exiting
After making any necessary changes in the BIOS, you need to save your configuration before exiting. Most BIOS interfaces have a “Save & Exit” option or a “Save Changes” option followed by an “Exit” option. Be sure to use the appropriate option to avoid losing your changes.
And that’s it! You have successfully entered and navigated the BIOS in your Windows 10 computer. Remember to be cautious when making changes to your BIOS settings, as incorrect configurations can lead to system instability or hardware damage.