How to access the UEFI/BIOS menu?


In this article, I will explain how you can access the UEFI/BIOS menu.

 

What is UEFI/BIOS?

UEFI  stands for (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) it is a standard firmware interface that is used mostly nowadays, it is designed to replace the BIOS (basic input/output system) which is an old school firmware still you can find BIOS on some old machines.


How to access the UEFI/BIOS menu

Here is the list of ways you can get access to UEFI/BIOS:

1. Using shortcut keys.

When you power on your PC you can press the shortcut keys to open the BIOS menu. A shortcut key can be different for every brand. This is the most common method used in opening the BIOS menu. I personally use this method. I have listed some brands with shortcut keys, you can have a look & check which one is yours.

Various keys of BIOS / UEFI are:

> ACER: DEL key or F2 Key.

> ASUS: Delete key, F2 key or Esc.

> COMPAQ: F10 key.

> DELL: F2 key.

> HP: Hit ESC key or F10 key or F11 key.

> HP PAVILLION: F1 key.

> LENOVO: F1 key or F2 key.

> SAMSUNG: F2 key.

> SAMSUNG ULTRABOOK: F10 key.

> SONY: F1 key or F2 key or F3 key.

> SONY VAIO: ASSIST BUTTON.

> TOSHIBA: F1 key or ESC key.

> TOSHIBA EQUIUM: F12 key.

In this method, you have to be fast as your computer will boot faster you will miss every time your computer reboots.

You can enter the UEFI BIOS using these PC settings given below:

For Windows 8:

1. Go to Settings

2. Select change PC settings.

3. Go to General

4. Click on Advanced startup & Restart now.

5. Select Troubleshooting & Advanced options after that UEFI firmware configuration and finally Restart your PC.

For Windows 10

1. Go to Start then Settings.

2. Click on Update & Security.

3. Select Recovery then Advanced Start.

4. Now Restart your PC then select Troubleshooting.

5. Now go to Advanced Options then UEFI Firmware configuration and finally Restart your PC.

2. Using command prompt.

Open command prompt by pressing Windows + X in admin mode or type in a search. After you open the command prompt type the command given below and press Enter.

"shutdown.exe / r / o"

Now your PC will restart automatically after giving warning PC.

3. While restarting hold the shift key.

This method works even if you are not logged into Windows as long as you are on the login screen and can access the recovery menu.

Locate the power button on the right-hand side below on the login screen and hold the Shift key while clicking Restart. After that when options appear, Go to Troubleshoot> Startup settings> Tap on Restart> Here choose press F10 for more options then choose a Launch recovery environment.

Note: It will be better once you get access to the BIOS menu make sure you choose the first boot device to CD/DVD as it will be helpful when you install windows next time, your bootable media will automatically be detected once you restart.

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