Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Enter BIOS Enter the BIOS setup utility to change BIOS settings by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on November 06, 2020 reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michael Heine is a CompTIA-certified writer, editor, and Network Engineer with 25+ years' experience working in the television, defense, ISP, telecommunications, and education industries. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 04, 2020 Michael Barton Heine Jr Accessories & Hardware The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email What to Know You'll may need to get into BIOS if you install new hardware or need to enable or disable features built in to your computer.Just restart your computer and look for the "setup," "configuration," or "BIOS" message, which will tell you which key to press.Common keys include Esc, Tab, Del, or one of the function keys, often F2 or F10. How to Enter BIOS The steps below can be used to access the BIOS setup utility on your PC, no matter what operating system is installed. This is because the BIOS is part of your motherboard hardware and has nothing at all to do with what's on your hard drive. Getting into BIOS isn't at all hard, but it can be tricky on some systems. Check out our extensive list of tips at the bottom of the page if you're struggling after giving it a shot. Derek Abella / Lifewire Restart your computer, or turn it on if it's already off. Watch for an "entering setup" message in the first few seconds after turning on your computer. This message varies greatly from computer to computer and also includes the key or keys you need to press to enter BIOS. Here are some common ways you might see this BIOS access message: Press [key] to enter setupSetup: [key]Enter BIOS by pressing [key]Press [key] to enter BIOS setupPress [key] to access BIOSPress [key] to access system configuration Quickly press the key or keys instructed by the previous message. You may need to press the BIOS access key several times to enter BIOS. Don't hold the key down or press it too many times or your system may error or lock up. If that happens, just restart and try again. If you don't catch the key sequence needed to get into BIOS, reference one of these lists or check out the tips below: BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular Computer SystemsBIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular MotherboardsBIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Major BIOS Manufacturers Use the BIOS setup utility as required. That might mean managing memory settings, configuring a new hard drive, changing the boot order, resetting the BIOS password, or other tasks. Tips & More Information About Entering BIOS Entering BIOS can be tricky, so here's some more help based on some common scenarios that we've seen: There's a Picture Instead of a Message Your computer may be configured to show your computer's logo instead of important BIOS messages. Press Esc or Tab while the logo is showing to remove it. You Didn't Catch Which Key to Press Some computers start too quickly to see the BIOS access message. If this happens, press the Pause/Break key on your keyboard to freeze the screen during startup. Press any key to "unpause" your computer and continue booting. Trouble Pausing the Startup Screen If you're having problems pressing that pause button in time, turn on your computer with your keyboard unplugged. You should receive a keyboard error which will pause the startup process long enough for you to see the keys necessary to enter BIOS! Using a USB Keyboard on an Older Computer Some PCs with both PS/2 and USB connections are configured to only allow USB input after the POST. This means that if you're using a USB keyboard, it could be impossible to access BIOS. In that case, you'd need to connect an older PS/2 keyboard to your PC to access BIOS.