One of the common questions regarding the latest versions of Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 10, is how to enter BiOS. At the same time, there is often in the form of still UEFI (often characterized by the presence of a graphical settings interface), a new version of the motherboard software that replaced the standard BiOS, and intended for the same thing. Setting up the equipment, loading options and obtaining information about the system status.
Due to the fact that Windows 10 (like in 8) has a fast boot mode (which is a hibernation option), when you turn on your computer or laptop, you may not see an invitation like Press Del (F2) to enter Setup, which allows you to enter BiOS by pressing the Del key (for PC) or F2 (for most laptops). However, getting to the right settings is easy.
Entering UEFI Settings from Windows 10
To use this method, Windows 10 must be installed in UEFI mode (as a rule, it is), and you should be able to either enter the OS itself, or at least get to the login screen with a password.
In the first case, you just need to click on the notification icon and select “All Settings”. Then in the settings open “Update and Security” and go to the “Recovery” item.
In recovery, click on the “Restart Now” button in the “Special boot options” section. After the computer restarts, you will see a screen the same (or similar) to that shown below.
Select “Diagnostics”, then. “Advanced parameters”, in the additional parameters. “UEFI firmware parameters” and, finally, confirm your intention by clicking the “Restart” button.
After the reboot, you will end up in BiOS or, more precisely, UEFI (we just habitually call the BiOS settings the motherboard, and this will probably continue in the future).
In the event that you can’t log in to Windows 10 for any reason, but you can get to the login screen, you can also go into the UEFI settings. To do this, on the login screen, press the “power” button, and then, while holding the Shift key, press the “Restart” item and you will be taken to special system boot options. Further steps have already been described above.
Enter BiOS when you turn on the computer
There is also a traditional, well-known method to enter BiOS (suitable for UEFI as well). Press the Delete key (for most PCs) or F2 (for most laptops) immediately when you turn on the computer, even before the OS starts loading. As a rule, on the loading screen below is displayed: Press Name_Keys to enter setup. If there is no such inscription, you can familiarize yourself with the documentation for the motherboard or laptop, such information should be present there.
For Windows 10, entering BiOS in this way is complicated by the fact that the computer boots up really fast, and you can’t always have time to press this key (or even see a message about which one).
To solve this problem, you can: disable the fast boot function. To do this, in Windows 10, right-click on the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” from the menu, and in the control panel. Power supply.
On the left, click “Actions of the power buttons”, and on the next screen. “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”
At the bottom, in the “Shutdown Options” section, clear the “Enable Quick Launch” checkbox and save the changes. After that, turn off or restart the computer and try to enter the BiOS using the necessary key.
Note: in some cases, when the monitor is connected to a discrete graphics card, you may not see the BiOS screen, as well as information about the keys to enter it. In this case, reconnecting to the integrated graphics adapter (HDMI, DVI, VGA outputs on the motherboard itself) can help.