2 Methods to Open UEFI BIOS Settings in Windows 8/10 & 11.

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BIOS is a very known and popular small utility for computer devices. It provides Basic Input/Output Settings for system hardware and operating system. The BIOS settings are coded into a CHIP and used for configuring hardware settings, OS settings, BOOT settings, System Time & Date settings, and much more. The BIOS is the first piece of code that gets executed when the system starts. It performs the hardware tests and finds a suitable operating system to load. In this article, I will guide you on how to open BIOS settings in Windows 10, 8, 7, and Windows 11. However, you may see UEFI firmware settings instead of BIOS on your laptop. This is because UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the advanced version of BIOS and will replace the BIOS later.

What does BIOS do?

BIOS provides the following functionalities in the PC.

  1. It tests system hardware before loading the operating system. If everything is found OK, then it starts loading the operating system.
  2. It finds the capable operating system and passes control to the boot loader to load an operating system.
  3. Loads very basic and low-level drivers that are needed to load the operating system.
  4. Let you configure various low-level system settings like changing boot loader, system time & date, passwords, fan control, keyboard control, USB port control, fast boot, virtualization, etc.
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How to Access BIOS?

There are various ways by which you can open BIOS settings. You can go with the function key or with the windows 10 settings menu to access bios.

Method 1: Open BIOS via Windows 10 Settings.

If you are running Windows 10 & 11 and able to boot Windows Operating System, then you can easily open BIOS without using any function key on your keyboard. No matter what manufacturer’s PC you are using.

Step 1: Open Advanced Startup Menu. Use Shift + Restarts to access Advanced Startup Menu with ease. Click on Start Menu > Power > Restart. You must hold the shift key when clicking on Restart.

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Step 2: Your PC will restart and upon restart you will see the Advanced Startup menu on the screen. You click on Troubleshoot.

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Step 3: In the next window select Advanced Option.

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Step 4: Click UEFI Firmware Settings.

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Step 5: Now restart the PC to access BIOS settings.

Method 2: Open BIOS using Functional keys.

Most of the time windows doesn’t load and you need to enter BIOS using functional keys. There is some set of keys that will allow you to access BIOS settings on your PC.
F1, F2, F8, F10, F12, Del and Esc
The most common key to access bios is F2 or Fn + F2. Almost all the manufacturers (ASUS, ACER, DELL, LENOVO, MI, SONY, etc) uses F2 or Fn + F2 to open BIOS settings.

Step 1: Press the Power button to boot your PC. As you see the manufacturer’s logo keep pressing F2 or Fn + F2 keys to access BIOS.
Step 2: It will open BIOS settings directly. If F2 doesn’t work then try other common keys like F1, F8, F10, F12, Del, or Esc button. You can also check the manufacturer’s site to see which key will work according to your laptop.

Summary

In this article, I explained how you can open and access BIOS settings in your PC’S. Either you can open bios using Windows settings or you can use the function key to open BIOS settings.

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