Learn how to access BIOS from Startup or Windows 11 Settings in order to make changes to hardware settings on your PC.
BIOS, Basic Input/Output System, is a built-in program to boot Windows when you turn on the PC. It also manages data flow between the OS and other devices such as a mouse, keyboard, hard disk, amongst others.
Another important aspect of BIOS, that many may be aware of, is the ability to change the system and hardware settings. This comes in handy if you run into an error and the Windows does not boot. Also, some changes can only be made through the BIOS, which makes it all the more important to know how to access BIOS on a Windows 11 PC.
Earlier, you could enter BIOS right at startup by pressing the relevant keys. But, recent computer models boot Windows in seconds, thus not allowing you enough time to press the BIOS key. If your PC boots real quick, don’t worry. You can still enter BIOS through the system Settings.
Also, you must understand that the BIOS key to be pressed at Startup or other similar keys is not the same for each computer manufacturer. However, the concept and process remain pretty much the same, and once you get the idea of it, you can easily enter BIOS on any PC.
Note: We used an HP laptop for the article. The interface or keys may differ for other manufacturers. We recommend you check the PC manual or the manufacturer’s website for more information.
Enter BIOS at Startup
As mentioned earlier, you would have to be real quick with your response when entering BIOS at Startup, since Windows boot-up real fast in the latest computer models. Once in the BIOS, take all the time you want to explore the various options and settings.
To enter BIOS at startup, power on the computer, and press the ESC key as soon as the screen lights up to enter the Startup Menu.
In the Startup Menu, you will find various options, with the specific key for each option mentioned next to it. To enter the BIOS, press F10.
You will now enter the BIOS on your Windows 11 PC. Navigate through it and make the necessary changes.
We want to reiterate that the interface and keys to access the options may differ for different manufacturers.
Enter BIOS from Windows Settings
Those of you who always miss the chance to hit the required key to enter BIOS can opt for this method. However, you will first have to launch the Windows RE (Recovery Environment) and then enter BIOS. Here’s how you do it.
To enter BIOS through Settings, right-click on the ‘Start’ icon in the Taskbar or press WINDOWS + X to launch the ‘Quick Access Menu’, and select ‘Settings’ from the list of options. Alternatively, you can press WINDOWS + I to launch Settings directly.
In the ‘System’ tab of Settings, select ‘Recovery’ on the right.
Next, click on ‘Restart now’ next to ‘Advanced startup’ under ‘Recovery options to restart your computer in the Windows RE.
Click on ‘Restart now’ in the window that appears.
Wait for the system to restart and you will then be presented with three options, select ‘Troubleshoot’.
Next, click on ‘Advanced options’.
You will now find six choices under ‘Advanced Options’, select ‘UEFI Firmware Settings’.
Now, click on ‘Restart’ to restart the computer and enter the Startup Menu.
You will now enter the Startup Menu, the one we got into right at startup in the last step. Finally, press the F10 key to enter the ‘BIOS’.
Although entering the BIOS takes a bit longer via Settings than the Startup method, but is a sure shot method. Also, it works on all computer models, whether old or new, and no matter how fast they boot Windows.
You can now easily enter the BIOS on your Windows 11 PC with either of the two methods. Once in the BIOS, we recommend not making changes to settings you are unaware of as it could damage your system. If you follow instructions from a website, first make sure the source is reliable and follow the instructions.