Why Need to Enter BIOS

Under normal circumstances, you do not need to enter the BIOS to modify because the default settings are already optimized when the computer leaves the factory, and changing the BIOS will have certain risks. However, you may enter the BIOS when encountering the following situations:

  • Enter the BIOS to change the boot order for reinstalling the operating system. For example, boot from a USB drive or CD-ROM drive.
  • Change the system date and time in the BIOS.
  • Set specific parameters in the BIOS settings.
  • Check hardware configuration information like serial number, machine type, etc.

How to Enter BIOS on Windows 10 via Function Key  

After rebooting your computer, you can enter BIOS with a certain hotkey. The interval for pressing a key to enter BIOS is short so you need to prepare in advance and press the right key at the right time.

Step 1. Click the Power button and restart your computer.

restart computer

Step 2. As soon as the startup screen appears, press the BIOS hotkey such as F2, F10, Esc, or DEL.

Step 3. Keep holding the hotkey until the BIOS screen comes up.

The exact key or key combination to access BIOS varies for different computers. Here are the keys to enter BIOS on popular computer brands.

  •  HP: F10 or Esc
  •  Dell: F2 or F12
  •  Acer: F2 or Del
  •  Lenovo: F2 or Fn + F2
  •  Asus: F2 or Esc
  •  Samsung: F2
  •  Sony: F1, F2, or F3
  • Microsoft Surface Pro: Volume Up Button

How to Access BIOS on Windows 10 or Windows 11 via Settings

How to boot in BIOS Windows 10 without restarting? If you have UEFI firmware, you may have an easier way to boot into BIOS is using the Settings features on Windows 10 or Windows 11.  

Step 1. Click the Windows button in the toolbar and choose "Settings". Or press Win + I keys to open Settings on Windows 10/11. If you are using a touch screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select "Settings".

Step 2. On Settings main windows, click "Update & security".

choose update and security

Step 3. Click "Recovery" on the left panel. Find Advanced startup, click "Restart now".

choose advanced startup

Step 4. Then, the boot options window will appear. Click "Troubleshoot".

choose troubleshooting

Step 5. Select "Advanced" options.

select advanced

Step 6. Click "UEFI Firmware Settings".

choose uefi firmware

Step 7. Choose Restart to open UEFI BIOS. This displays the BIOS setup utility interface and you can change the BIOS settings.

Additional Guide: How to Restore Data on Windows 10/11 for BIOS Issue

Booting into BIOS can make you change the boot order, check or change hardware configuration. If you run into unexpected data loss because of system installation or hardware problems, EaseUS data recovery software comes to help you out.

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For data recovery on a Windows computer, this software offers full options to restore lost or permanently deleted files from HDD, SSD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, digital camera, etc. What's more, it still can repair corrupted files in various file formats for documents, graphics, videos, audio, and email.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 computer. Select the disk partition or storage location where you lost data and click "Search for Lost Data".

select the disk on Windows  to scan

Step 2. This recovery software will start scanning the disk to find all lost and deleted files. When the scan process completes, click "Filter" > "Type" to specify lost file types. If you remember the file name, you can also search in the search box, which is the fastest way to find the target file.

choose the recovered data type

Step 3. Preview and restore lost Windows files. You can double-click to preview the scanned files. Then, select the target data and click the "Recover" button to save them to another safe spot in the PC or Cloud drive.

recover windows 10 lost data

Concluding Words

BIOS, Basic Input/Output System, is the built-in core processor software used to boot up your system. Whether you need to change the boot order or update your BIOS, knowing how to enter BIOS is essential. To access BIOS on a Windows PC, you can press your BIOS hotkey to make it, which could be F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL.

Besides, if there is data loss occurs for any reason, take a professional file recovery and repair tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help.

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