BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Major BIOS Manufacturers

BIOS Access Keys for Phoenix, Award, AMI, and More!

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Accessing BIOS is usually a very easy thing to do. However, if you've tried the basic BIOS access steps and still can't get in, there's still hope.

Our first suggestion would be to take a look at one or both of these lists of BIOS access keys:

Every computer's motherboard has a BIOS manufacturer, so if neither of the above BIOS resources help, this list of BIOS access keyboard commands based on the original BIOS manufacturer should get you in without a problem.

As your computer boots up, look for one of the following BIOS manufacturer's names to flash on the screen. The BIOS manufacturer name usually appears as a logo in the top-left corner or as text at the very bottom of the screen.

After verifying the creator of the BIOS on your system, reference the following list and use the appropriate keyboard command to access the BIOS setup utility.

Tip: If you're not sure what the BIOS name is and can't seem to find it during a reboot, see the section at the very bottom of this page for some other methods.

AMI (American Megatrends)

AMIBIOS, AMI BIOS

  • Press Del when after powering on the computer.
  • Some older motherboards that use AMIBIOS may prompt for the F1 or F2 key instead.

Award Software (now part of Phoenix Technologies)

AwardBIOS, Award BIOS

  • Press the Del key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility on nearly all AwardBIOS powered motherboards.
  • Some older systems using Award's BIOS software asked for Ctrl+Alt+Esc to enter BIOS.

DTK (Datatech Enterprises)

DTK BIOS

  • Press the Esc key to enter BIOS, right after powering on the PC.

Insyde Software

Insyde BIOS

  • Press F2 to enter BIOS.
  • If there's an error during POST and you hear a beep code or see an error message, press F1 instead (F2 would address the POST error instead of launch the BIOS setup utility).

Microid Research

MR BIOS

  • Press F1 to access the BIOS setup utility.

Phoenix Technologies

Phoenix BIOS, Phoenix-Award BIOS

  • Press Del during the Power On Self Test, immediately after the computer starts.
  • Many older Phoenix BIOS systems required Ctrl+Alt+Esc, Ctrl+Alt+Ins, or Ctrl+Alt+S to access BIOS.

If you're still having troubles entering BIOS or can't figure out what company supplied the BIOS on your motherboard, here are some keyboard commands you might want to randomly try in addition to any of the ones listed above:

  • F3
  • F4
  • F10
  • F12
  • Tab
  • Esc
  • Ctrl+Alt+F3
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Del (using Del from the keypad)
  • Ctrl+Insert
  • Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Fn+[any "F" function key] (on some laptops)

Note: The list of BIOS access keyboard commands on this page is a work in progress, so any input from you would be very helpful.

How to Find Your BIOS Manufacturer

If you don't know who manufactured the BIOS on your computer, and you can't see that information when you reboot, you're not stuck guessing all those access keys listed above! There might be some other things you can try to figure out the BIOS manufacturer.

One easy method is to open a system information tool and look for BIOS information there. Most system information utilities should include that information.

Another way to find the BIOS manufacturer that doesn't require a software download, is to look in the System Information tool included in Windows. See our guide on checking the current BIOS version to learn how to find BIOS information on your computer, which includes not only the version but also the BIOS manufacturer.

Also in that link in the last paragraph are some alternative methods to finding out BIOS information, such as using a BIOS update tool or the Windows Registry.