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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Enter the BIOS on Your Windows 11 PC


BIOS screen on a Lenovo workstation

Enter Windows 11’s BIOS by Pressing a Key

An easy way to enter BIOS on your Windows 11 PC is to use a key on your keyboard while powering on the computer. The advantage of this method is that you can use this even when your Windows OS doesn’t load.

To use this method, you will have to find the key that lets you enter BIOS on your specific computer. This key varies by manufacturer. When you start up your computer, on the first splash screen that opens (usually showing the manufacturer’s logo), you should see a message telling you which key you need to press to enter BIOS.

On most computers, this key is F2, but you should check on your computer’s splash screen to confirm.

Enter the BIOS on Windows 11 From Settings

If you can’t find the keyboard key to enter BIOS, or you prefer using graphical options, use Windows 11’s Settings app to enter BIOS.

To do so, first, launch the Settings app on your PC. Do this by pressing Windows+i keys at the same time.

In Settings, from the left sidebar, select “System.”

Click "System" in Settings.

On the “System” page, click “Recovery.”

Click "Recovery" on the "System" page.

In the “Recovery” menu, next to “Advanced Startup,” click “Restart Now.”

Click "Restart Now" in the "Recovery" menu.

You will see a “We’ll Restart Your Device So Save Your Work” prompt. In this prompt, click “Restart Now” to restart your PC.

Warning: Make sure you save any unsaved work before restarting your PC.

Select "Restart Now" in the "We'll Restart Your Device So Save Your Work" prompt.

You will now see a “Choose an Option” screen. From here, head into Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings and click “Restart.”

And you will be in your PC’s BIOS mode. In this mode, you can configure various options, like changing your startup disk.

Enter Windows 11’s BIOS Using Windows Terminal

To use a command to boot your PC in BIOS, use either PowerShell or Command Prompt utility on your PC.

First, open the “Start” menu and search for “Windows Terminal”. Click the app in the search results.

Select "Windows Terminal" in the "Start" menu.

In Windows Terminal, type the following command and press Enter. This command works in both PowerShell and Command Prompt shells, so you can use either.

shutdown /r /o /f /t 00

Boot in BIOS mode with a command in Windows Terminal.

On the “Choose an Option” screen that opens, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings, and click “Restart.” Your PC will then enter BIOS.

You’re all set.

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