2021 Aptio Setup Utility Ultimate Guide | How to Access and Fix It

What is Aptio Setup Utility? What can you do with the Aptio Setup Utility? What to do when the Aptio Setup Utility gets stuck or enters a boot loop on your computer? Follow this ultimate guide and learn how to access Aptio Setup Utility and make your computer working healthy now.

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What is the Aptio Setup Utility? Do you know how to access and fix the error when your computer stuck in Aptio Setup Utility? Follow this page, you'll get an ultimate guide on how to access, make use of and fix Aptio Setup Utility problems effectively.

Let's start.

Note: When Aptio Setup Utility stops working or is stuck, you may not be able to access files and data on your computer. Bootable data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media can help.

What Is Aptio Setup Utility

Aptio Setup Utility is known as a computer configuration utility created by American Megatrends Incorporated (known as AMI). Aptio Setup Utility is also known as American Megatrends BIOS accessing utility that most comes with desktop computers and laptops.

Image of Aptio Setup Utility

Currently, Aptio Setup Utility is widely used by the following computer manufactures:

  • ASUS
  • Dell
  • Acer
  • Samsung
  • Alienware
  • MSI
  • Razer
  • Etc.

With it, you can boot the PC into the Aptio Setup Utility and configure some boot settings on your computer instead of booting into the OS Windows 10/8.1/8/7. 

How to Access Aptio Setup Utility

So how to access and enter the Aptio Setup Utility? Here is the guide:

Step 1. Restart your computer and press the F2/F9/F12 or Del key continuously.

Hot keys of Aptio Setup Utility

Step 2. Wait patiently, the computer will boot into Aptio Setup Utility.

In other words, your PC will enter the BIOS setup utility.

So what's in Aptio Setup Utility? Let's see:

Note that different versions of Aptio Setup Utility may be different in the boot menu. Some of them may contain the IO section

Let's check what does each option mean in the Aptio Setup Utility or Aptio BIOS boot menu:

#1 Main: 

Aptio Setup Utility - BIOS Main option is an approach to load the system information, product information, CPU information, and other hardware information about your computer.

How-to Access:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

The system will enter the Main option by default.

Enter Main Boot menu

Step 3. Use the up or down arrow key to switch options, hit Enter to select and load specific items.

#2 Advanced: 

The Advanced menu in Aptio Setup Utility is the main window that loads hardware settings on your computer, including Processors, USB Ports, Serial Port Console Redirection, Network Stack, etc.

How-to Access:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Use the Right arrow key to switch option and enter Advanced.

Enter Advanced menu

Step 4. Then you can use the Up or Down arrow key to change the settings of the hardware on your PC.

#3 IO: 

Some lower editions of Aptio Setup Utility may don't contain this option. It contains PCI Subsystem Settings, IO Virtualization, IOAT Configuration, Internal Devices, Add In Cards, PCIE SLot Hardware Configuration.

How-to Access:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Use the Right arrow key to switch option and enter the IO option.

Enter IO menu

Step 4. Then use the Up or Down arrow key to select items that you want to configure.

#4 Boot: 

It's the most frequently used option for configuring computer boot order or switching BIOS boot mode in Aptio Setup Utility. The Boot menu contains UEFI/BIOS Boot Mode, Retry Boot List, Network Boot Retry, OSA Configuration, Boo Priority, etc.

How-to Access:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Use the Right arrow key to switch option and enter the Boot menu.

Enter Boot Menu

Step 4. Use the Up or Down key to select items that you want to change in the computer.

#5. Security: 

The Security menu in Aptio Setup Utility contains items that are related to computer security, such as Supervisor Password, User Password, Boot Sector Virus Protection, etc. ]

How-to Access:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Use the Right arrow key to switch option and enter the Security menu.

Enter Security Menu

Step 4. Use the Up or Down key to load items and change its settings to better guard your computer security.

#6. Save & Exit: 

In Aptio Setup Utility, when you configure changes on the computer, and you want to save the changes, you can enter the Save & Exit menu to keep all the changes. On it, you can Save Changes and Reset, Discard Changes and Exit, Discard Changes, and even Restore Defaults.

How-to Access:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Use the arrow keys and enter to configure settings to your computer.

Step 4. Use the right arrow key to enter Save and Exit menu, use the up or down arrow to select an item, and save the changes.

Save and Exit Menu

How to Use Aptio Setup Utility and Make Changes to Your PC

We collected some top and frequently configured items in Aptio Setup Utility and offered a detailed guide for you to change these settings on your computer. Let's see:

#1. Change BIOS Boot Mode & Boot Order

Applies to fix: Cloned SSD Won't BootCan't Install Windows on GPT Disk, Boot Windows from MBR

When your computer cannot boot up successfully on an MBR or GPT disk, it could be the Boot mode issue. You can fix this issue by configuring its Boot Mode into UEFI or BIOS: MBR - BIOS Legacy; GPT - UEFI.

Here is how to change the Boot Mode in Aptio Setup Utility:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Use the down arrow key to select UEFI/BIOS Boot Mode and hit "Enter" to bring up the Boot Mode options.

Select "UEFI" or "Legacy" and hit Enter.

Change Boot Mode

Step 4. To change the boot drive, use the down arrow key to select "Boot Configuration", hit Enter, and reselect "Set Boot Priority".

On the pop-up, select the target disk as your boot drive.

Change Boot drive

Step 5. Save the changes and exit Aptio Setup Utility. Reboot PC and wait patiently.

#2. Factory Reset Aptio Setup Utility

Applies to fix: Aptio Setup Utility boot loop, computer boots into Aptio Setup Utility instead of the operating system error.

Note that when your computer directly boots into Aptio Setup Utility (BIOS menu), it could be configured into a false setting. You can try to factory reset Aptio Setup Utility to fix this issue.

How to start:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 2. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 3. Got o Security, expand "I/O Interface Security" > "Secure Boot Control" and disable the Secure Boot option. 

Factory Reset Aptio Setup Utility

Or you can go to "Settings" and enable the "Reset Configuration Data" or " Factory Reset" option. 

Step 4. Save and exit Aptio. Restart the PC.

#3. Configure Computer to Boot from USB on Aptio Setup Utility 

Step 1. Connect a USB bootable Drive or USB recovery drive to the PC. 

Step 2. Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.

Step 3. Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.

Step 4. Disable Secure Boot Control and enable Load Legacy OPROM.

Step 5. Change Boot Mode to Legacy.

Step 6. Change the first Boot Device to a USB Device.

Boot from USB via Aptio Setup Utility

How to Access Files from Aptio Setup Utility

Applies to fix: recover data from a dead laptoprecover data from a dead hard drive

Sometimes, you may encounter an Aptio Setup Utility boot loop or stuck error, or even the how computer dies that you cannot enter the OS and access files on your PC.

In this case, how will you manage to get your data out of the computer? Yes, you can access files and restore them from Aptio Setup Utility with reliable bootable data recovery software.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media can boot your PC from Aptio Setup Utility and get all data out of your computer with ease.

Here is how to access files from Aptio Setup Utility:

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

Prepare an empty USB. If you have important data on it, copy the data to another device. When you create a bootable disk, the data on the USB will be erased. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will help you create a bootable disk.

Connect the USB drive to PC, launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition. Select the USB drive and click "Create" to create a bootable disk.

create a bootable disk with easeus

Step 2. Boot from the bootable USB

Connect the bootable disk to PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 at the same time to enter BIOS. Set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk) or "CD-ROM Drive" (bootable CD/DVD) beyond Hard Drive. Press "F10" to save and exit.

Step 3. Recover files/data from a PC/laptop hard drive that won't boot

When you boot from the USB, you can run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk. Select the drive you want to scan to find all your lost files. 

selet the drive

Click "Scan" to start the scanning process.

let the software scan the drive

Recover data from the computer or laptop. After the scan completed, you can preview all recoverable files, select the targeted files, and click the "Recover" button to restore your files. You'd better save all of the recovered data to another place to avoid data overwriting.

recover data from the computer

Problem Fix: Computer Boots Into Aptio Setup Utility Instead of Booting Into Its OS

Some of you may have encountered this error that the computer directly boots into Aptio Setup Utility instead of booting into its OS. 

It could be 3 reasons:

  1. 1. The OS disk is not correctly connected;
  2. 2. The OS disk is not set as boot drive;
  3. 3. Secure boot is enabled that disallowing computer to detect HDD/SSD.

So how to fix this error, setting the computer to boot into OS instead of Aptio Setup Utility? Try the following fixes.

#1. Reinstall HDD or SSD Correctly

  • Shut down the computer, open the computer case or laptop case.
  • Check the HDD or SSD connection cables. 
  • Remove the plugged cables and reconnect the cables correctly.
  • If the cables are broken, change them with a new one. 

#2. Set OS Disk As Boot Drive

  • Restart PC and press F2/F9/F12 or Del while booting up PC.
  • Wait for the computer to enter Apito Boot Menu.
  • To change the boot drive, use the down arrow key to select "Boot Configuration", hit Enter, and reselect "Set Boot Priority".
  • On the pop-up, select the target OS disk as your boot drive.
  • Save the changes and exit Aptio Setup Utility.

#3. Disable Secure Boot, Allow Aptio to Detect Boot Disk

  • Reboot PC and press F2/F9/Del to enter Aptio Boot Menu.
  • Go to Security, expand "Secure Boot Menu", disable it.
  • Save the changes and exit Aptio, then restart the computer.
  • If the problem continues, re-enter Aptio, go to Boot, and disable "Secure Boot and Fast Boot".
  • Enable CSM and save the changes.
  • Exit Aptio and restart the computer.

In The End

On this page, we explained what is Aptio Setup Utility, and what does each menu contains. Besides, you can learn how to use each option, and configure computers with some normal settings.

We also offered guidelines to help you access computer files when the machine is unbootable with EaseUS bootable data recovery software.

Last, we provided 3 tips to help you fix the Aptio Setup Utility boot loop error. When your computer only boots into the Aptio menu, not entering the OS, you are good to follow the tips and have a try.

Last, Aptio Setup Utility is important and any false operation may cause serious problems. Be sure that you'll the guidelines to set up computer carefully.

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