Learn How To Access The BIOS Setup

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You may eventually find it necessary to access the BIOS setup on your computer. It’s not always easy to figure out on some computers, as the prompt usually flashes very quickly on the screen if it flashes at all. Each manufacturer will have its own method for accessing the setup. Fortunately, the keys generally used have narrowed over the years so a few lucky guesses will often get you into the BIOS setup.

We’ve listed the keys how to access the BIOS for all of the major manufacturers below. Why might you need to get into the BIOS? You might find it necessary to change the boot order, disable ports or check the BIOS version.

How To Access The BIOS Setup On Your Computer

When attempting to access the BIOS setup, you need to do so when the computer is first booting up and you see the white letters on a black screen or when you see your computer manufacturer’s logo appear. If the Windows logo appears, you did not succeed and you’ll need to power the PC down and try again. If you have a laptop, it may be necessary to hit the function key (fn) on your keyboard in addition to the keys below.

To access the BIOS on a Dell computer press F2 or Del keys.

To access the BIOS on an HP computer press F1 or F10.

To access the BIOS on a Compaq computer press F1 or F10.

To access the BIOS on a Sony VAIO computer press F1, F2 or F3.

To access the BIOS on an Acer computer press Del, F1 or F2.

To access the BIOS on a Toshiba computer press F1, ESC or F12.

To access the BIOS on a Gateway computer press F1 or F2.

You’ll notice there are a couple of options for some of the manufacturers above. This is due to the changes over the years and the different models of computers they have manufactured. One of those should work for the model you have.

Access The BIOS On Other Motherboards

If you do not have a major brand name PC, you can still try any of the following keys when booting your PC: ESC, F1, F2, F3, F10, F11, F12 or Delete. It might take you a few attempts, but you should be able to get in, eventually. If you need more tips on how to access the bios on your computer, please let us know.

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