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.
BIOS provides the following functionalities in the PC.
- It tests system hardware before loading the operating system. If everything is found OK, then it starts loading the operating system.
- It finds the capable operating system and passes control to the boot loader to load an operating system.
- Loads very basic and low-level drivers that are needed to load the operating system.
- 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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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.
Shift + Restartsto access Advanced Startup Menu with ease. Click on Start Menu > Power > Restart. You must hold the shift key when clicking on Restart.
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.
F2 or Fn + F2keys to access BIOS.
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.