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How to enter BIOS in Windows 10

How to enter BIOS in Windows 10

Bios (basic input / output system) is a preinstalled program that allows the computer to perform tasks as soon as it is turned on. It processes the first steps of the boot process and ensures that the operating system is properly loaded into memory. It supports the processor, RAM, storage and computer ports. The BIOS is connected to the motherboard and controls almost everything. So how do you get into BIOS in Windows 10? Keep reading as we will show you how to do just that.

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How to access the BIOS?

To access the BIOS, a restart of your computer is required. You can do this by pressing the appropriate key (s) during the boot process and it usually depends on the manufacturer. After pressing the correct key combination, you will see the BIOS setup screen.

Some things you can do with the help of BIOS or UEFI:

– You can play with the boot order although it is not a thing to play with. It helps when you fix something in your device and want to run it to test it.

– Delete or create a BIOS password.

– Modify CD / DVD / BD parameters.

– Activate or deactivate the computer logo.

How to enter BIOS on Windows 10?

If you bought your computer in the past few years (the last four or five years), then you probably have UEFI (User Extensible Firmware Interface) and not the traditional BIOS. UEFI is more recent and a more powerful alternative for the BIOS. It can load faster and manage larger hard drives easily. UEFI can be controlled with both your mouse and keyboard. In some UEFIs, the mouse may not perform as expected. So it would be nice if you can use your keyboard.

The “ Press f2 for configuration '' pop-up window might probably tempt you when you start the system. However, in the latest devices, the boot process occurs too quickly to press the f2 or any other key. Anyway, if you do not find the option “ Press f2 for configuration '' in the device during the power up, open the Start menu after the power up of the device and press on the power button. The three options, Sleep, Restart or Shutdown, will appear. Click Restart while pressing the Shift button.

Otherwise, you can follow the instructions below to access the BIOS or UEFI.

  1. Click the gear-shaped settings icon. You can locate it in the Start menu.
  2. Choose the Update and Security option. This is usually the last option.
  3. Select 'Rcupration' from the options on your left.
  4. You can start the Restart now under the heading Advanced start. Your system will restart and a blue screen with Choose an option at the top will appear. Restarting takes place immediately, so be ready and save any important files.
  5. Among the three options, ccontinue, troubleshoot and shutdown your computer. Choose the "troubleshoot" option.
  6. Go to Advanced Options.
  7. Select UEFI firmware settings.

(If you cannot find this selection on your device, rather select the boot parameters. When your PC restarts, click F1 or F2 to access the BIOS)

  1. After selecting the UEFI firmware settings, click the Restart button. You will be redirected to the BIOS.

By accessing UEFI, you can freely modify the parameters. However, be careful. Make sure you know what actions you are taking as serious damage could be caused otherwise. By playing with the BIOS, you can accidentally confuse your PC or, in the worst case, prevent yourself from booting at all. Take the reference from the given manual or consult the manufacturer. Make sure you know what you are doing and what it means.