How to boot up a Windows computer into the BIOS menu:
If you want to learn more about how your computer’s hardware is doing or fix any issues, it’s essential to know how to access the BIOS menu on your Windows PC.
But what’s the BIOS menu? BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System, and it’s like the computer’s firmware. When you turn on your computer, the BIOS helps the motherboard recognize all the different parts of your computer and choose a boot drive (preferably one with your operating system).
The BIOS is crucial because it’s linked to all the main hardware in your computer, giving it access to settings and information that might not be as easy to find in Windows. It’s also the place where you can go to make changes to hardware settings, like adjusting RAM speed, checking for new drives, or changing the order in which your computer boots up.
Thankfully, the BIOS menu is easy to get to. This guide will show you how to enter the BIOS menu on a Windows PC.
Before we begin, it’s important to know that each motherboard brand has a different-looking BIOS. They might have various designs and might need different key presses to access them when starting up.
Now, let’s see how to get into the BIOS menu on a Windows 11 PC.
There are two ways to do it. The simpler way is during startup, and this should also work on some other types of PCs, like those running Linux. However, it won’t work on Macs because they don’t use BIOS, even though they have a similar startup system. The second way is specific to Windows, where you access the BIOS through the Windows operating system. Let’s start with the basic method.
1. VIA STARTUP
Start your computer and watch for a message on the screen that says, “Press [KEY] or [KEY] to enter UEFI BIOS.” It’s usually DEL or F2. Once you see this message, press that key. Sometimes, there might be a monitor screen first, showing details about your PC monitor, before the motherboard screen with the BIOS prompt. Keep an eye out for it and be quick because the time to press the key is short. If you miss it, you may need to restart your computer and try again. Once you press the right key at the right time, you’ll go to your motherboard’s BIOS menu. It’s that simple!
2. THROUGH WINDOWS
This method accesses the BIOS via Windows 11. It can be very useful if, for whatever reason, you aren’t able to use the above method. If your keyboard stops working, for example, you can potentially still use this method to get to BIOS through Windows using only the mouse.
1. Go to Settings > System > Recovery
First, click on the Start icon, then choose Settings. After that, click on System on the left side and pick Recovery.
2. Under ‘Advanced startup’, click Restart now
Under the Advanced Startup heading, click Restart now.
3. Click on “Restart now” once more when it asks you to.
4. Select Troubleshoot
You’ll enter a blue-screen menu. Select Troubleshoot.