Windows 10 gives users a lot of options to configure directly from within the operating system, but on most computers there are settings that can only be changed in the BIOS (basic input / output system). The BIOS is the software that is built into your computer’s motherboard and controls everything from the drive’s boot order to pre-booting security options, the Fn key, and more.
Since the BIOS is the pre-boot environment, users cannot access the BIOS directly from within Windows. With older operating systems you can enter the BIOS by pressing a certain key like F2, F12, Del when restarting the computer, but on Windows 10 it will be a bit more complicated. In this article, the Network Administrator will guide you how to enter BIOS on Windows 10 or access UEFI settings for you, along with a video demonstration.
Note: If you just need to choose to boot from USB on Windows 10, when you restart your computer, press the key combination to enter the BIOS as usual, Windows 10 will display options for you to change the boot type, Press the arrow keys to move to the type of boot you need and press Enter to select.
In this picture, I use the Acer computer, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, when restarting press F12 to enter the boot option. Since it doesn’t connect to any bootable USB, you don’t see the option to boot from USB.
1. How to enter the Windows 10 BIOS using Settings
Step 1: Save all activities and close all running programs on your Windows 10 computer.
Step 2: Open the Settings app by clicking the Settings icon on the Start menu or pressing
Step 3: On the Settings interface , click Update & security.
Step 4: Under Update & security, click Recovery from the left pane of the window.
Step 5 : Next, in the right pane of the window, click Restart now in the Advanced startup section.
Your computer will now reboot.
Step 6: After your computer reboots, you will see the Choose an option screen appear, where you click Troubleshoot.
Step 7: On the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced options to access Advanced Startup Options.
Step 8: When the Advanced options screen appears, click UEFI Firmware Settings .
Note: If the UEFI Firmware Settings option does not appear, your computer does not support UEFI.
Step 9: Finally, when the UEFI Firmware Settings screen appears, with the message “Restart to change UEFI firmware settings” , click Restart to restart your computer and access the UEFI firmware settings.
Step 10: The computer will reboot and take you into the Windows 10 BIOS.
Video instructions to access UEFI settings on Windows 10
Here, you can change the settings you need and view basic computer information.
2. Access UEFI firmware settings using Command Prompt
Step 1: Open Command Prompt under Admin.
Step 2: On the Command Prompt window , enter the following command and press Enter:
shutdown.exe /r /o
You will see a message saying you are about to be signed off You are about to be signed off , Close the message and wait a moment, Windows 10 will reboot into the Advanced Startup Options menu.
Step 3: Do the same as the end of method 1 to access UEFI settings.
3. Open BIOS / UEFI from Windows 10 Desktop
Step 1: Open the Start Menu, then click the Power button .
Step 2: Press and hold the Shift key, then click Restart to restart your computer. You will now see the Choose an options screen .
Step 3: On the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot to open the Troubleshoot screen and go to the Advanced Startup Options menu.
Step 4: Do the same as the end of method 1 to access UEFI settings.
4. How to fix the error failed to enter the BIOS on Windows 10
In fact, some of you using all 3 methods above still cannot access BIOS on Windows 10. At that time, chances are your computer has encountered a problem. To fix it, do the following:
Method 1: Turn off Fast Startup feature
To disable Fast Startup follow these steps:
- Press Windows + I to open Settings then go to System> Power & sleep
- Scroll down and click Additional power settings
- In the new Power Options window that appears, choose Choose what the power buttons do
- A new window appears and you scroll down to uncheck the box Turn on fast startup
- Click Save changes
- Please restart your computer and try to see if you entered the BIOS or not, if you haven’t invited, try the second method
Method 2: Reset CMOS
If you cannot access the BIOS follow these steps to reset the CMOS settings. You will need to go through some hardware tricks.
- Turn off all peripheral devices connected to the computer
- Disconnect power from the computer
- Open the computer cover
- Find the battery (flat round shape) on the motherboard
- Remove the battery from the motherboard
- Wait about an hour then reinsert the battery
- Close the computer cover
- Connect power supply and peripherals to the computer
Now you can try to see if you have entered the BIOS. Most users can access BIOS successfully after resetting CMOS. After entering the BIOS you should reset the BIOS settings to eliminate the problems that prevented you from accessing earlier.
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