How to access BIOS on a Windows 7/Windows 10 PC

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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In this guide, we’ll outline the steps to follow in order to:

  1. Access BIOS on a HP device
  2. Access BIOS on a Dell computer
  3. Access BIOS on a Asus PC
  4. Access BIOS on a Acer device
  5. Access BIOS on Windows 10

BIOS which stands for Basic Input Output System is basically a ROM chip that contains instructions needed to perform hardware initialization operation during the boot-up process. The BIOS section is also where you get a host of options to change the way the computer boots up along with a few other security and power settings as well.

All of this also makes it quite necessary to access the BIOS section just in case you need to tinker with the hardware setting or the default booting process. Accessing BIOS also becomes imperative when you need to extract the most out of your existing hardware setup.

However, notwithstanding how critical it can be to have access to BIOS, that often isn’t the case. And the reasons might be varied, of both software and hardware origin.

How to get into BIOS in Windows 7 and Windows 10

Getting into BIOS in Windows 7 can be a bit tricky in that you got to have your timing right. You have time before Windows loads completely to access BIOS. If you miss the slot, you will have to begin all over again by rebootng your PC. Also, different manufacturers assign different keyboard buttons to as the hot key for accessing BIOS. Mentioned here are steps to reach BIOS on some of the most well known Windows PC brands like HP, Dell, Asus, and Acer.

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Steps to access BIOS on a HP device

Turn off the PC, wait for a few seconds and re-start it. When the first screen come on, start pressing F10 repeatedly until the BIOS screen is displayed. This applies to PCs that came pre-installed with Windows 7, that is devices manufactured in 2006 or later.

For PCs built before 2006, press F1 repeatedly during the booting process to get into BIOS.

Steps to access BIOS on a Dell device

Turn off the PC and restart it again after waiting for a few seconds. When the first screen id displayed, press F2 continuously until the BIOS screen is displayed.

Another method will be to start pressing F2 the moment the keyboard has been activated.

Note: Dell cautioned against pressing and holding down the F2 button as this might lead the system to interpret it as a stuck key. Instead, press F2 repeatedly.

— RELATED: Fix: ACPI_BIOS_FATAL_ERROR error in Windows 10

Steps to access BIOS on a Asus device

Turn off the PC, wait for a few seconds. Press and hold on to the F2 button and then click on the power button once. Continue holding on to the power button until the BIOS screen is displayed.

Steps to access BIOS on a Acer device

The process is similar as on an Asus PC. Press and hold on to the F2 button and click on the power button. Continue holding on to the F2 button until the BIOS section is reached.

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How to access BIOS on Windows 10

Since Windows 10 is inherently designed to boot faster, that leaves virtually no scope for key presses such as the F1 or F2 to register any response. Fortunately, Microsoft has ensured there is a more foolproof means of accessing BIOS from right within Windows 10 though you surely have to re-start the PC before getting to it. Here are the steps.

  • Go to Settings > Update & Security.
  • In the Update & Security page, select Recovery from the list of options on the left panel.
  • Under Advanced start-up, select Restart now. This will re-boot the PC to launch a special set of menu options.advanced startup restart now
  • Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options.
  • From the list of Advanced options provided, select UEFI Firmware Settings.uefi firmware settings
  • You will next be led to the UEFI Firmware settings page. Click on the Restart button there.
  • The PC re-starts and will launch BIOS.

We hope this guide helped to access your BIOS settings on your computer.

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