How to Access HP Boot Menu with Boot Menu Keys [Beginners' Guide]

What is the boot menu key for HP? How do I get to the boot menu on HP laptop? How do I get an HP laptop to boot from USB? This page offers a beginners' guide to help you easily access the HP boot menu and make use of it on your Windows 10/8/7 computers successfully. As for HP data recovery, take EaseUS file recovery software for help. Let's start now.

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Are you looking for a brief guide to tell you how to access HP boot menu and how to make use of HP boot menu keys? Stay here. On this page, we'll show you how to access your HP laptop or desktop boot menu and use it to configure your computer successfully. 

image of HP boot menu

All computer users know how to boot up their computers, however, very few of them know the boot menu and how to access it on their computers. Here, we'll take the HP boot menu as an example to show everything that you need to know about it. 

It applies to all levels of HP computer or laptop users. Let's get started.

What Is HP Boot Menu?

Normally, when you press the power button to boot up a computer, the boot menu will not show up. Boot Menu is an approach that appears before you enter the operating system by pressing the boot menu keys.

So why does Boot Menu matter? Here is what you can do with the boot menu:

  • Change BIOS boot order
  • Diagnostic system
  • Boot computer from USB or recovery drive
  • Repair or fix internal system errors, etc.

As for HP users, to enter and access the HP boot menu and make changes to their computers, they have to press the HP boot menu keys.

So what are the HP Boot Menu keys? Let's check out:

Computer Type HP Boot Menu Keys HP BIOS Keys
HP Desktop Computer/Laptop Esc/F9 Esc/F10/F1

How to Access HP Boot Menu?

So how do I get to the boot menu on my HP laptop? Or how to enter the boot menu on an HP laptop to change its boot order?

Here are the basic steps that you can follow to enter the boot menu on your HP computers:

Step 1. Turn on or restart the HP computer.

Step 2. Press "Esc" or "F9" immediately to enter the Boot Menu.

Step 3. Wait for the HP boot menu to show up.

HP Boot Menu Key

What's in HP Boot Menu?

So what is in the HP boot menu? If you followed the step-by-step guide above, you'll be able to see the following content in your HP Boot Menu (also known as HP Startup Menu):

HP Laptop Boot Menu:

HP laptop boot menu

  • F1 System Information 
  • F2 System Diagnostics
  • F9 Boot Device Options
  • F10 BIOS Setup
  • F11 System Recovery

HP Desktop Boot Menu:

HP laptop boot menu

  • F1 System Information
  • F2 System Diagnostics
  • F9 Boot Device Options
  • F10 BIOS Setup
  • F11 System Recovery
  • F12 Network Boot

So what does each option means and how to make use of these Boot Menu keys? Find out the answers in the next part.

When and How to Make Use of HP Boot Menu?

Here, in this part, you'll learn when do you need to use each option on the HP boot menu and how to make use of each boot menu key respectively. 

F1 System Information

The System Information key can help you load the system basic details, product details, such as manufacturer, processor, serial number, andBIOS data, etc.

How to Use:

When you need to check the computer and system information, here are the steps:

Step 1. Restart PC and press "Esc" to enter Boot Menu.

Step 2. Press "F1" wait for the computer to load the system information.

Check System Information in HP boot menu

F2 System Diagnostics

The System Diagnostics key is designed for checking and testing hardware failures on HP computers.

How to Use:

Step 1.  Restart PC and Press "Esc" and enter Boot Menu.

Step 2. Press F2 and wait for the computer to check and load the diagnostic information.

Run System Diagnostics in HP Boot Menu

Step 3. To run further tests, you can use the up and down arrow keys to switch and select the items.

For example, the component tests.

Run test via system diagnostics in HP Boot Menu

F9 Boot Device Options 

The Boot Device Options, F9, is known for BIOS boot resources for UEFI including Windows Boot Manager, Network Card. And it also includes Legacy Boot Source like DVD, hard drive, CD, and USB flash drive. 

When you need to switch or change the PC boot order in BIOS, you can use this option.

How to Use:

#1. Change HP BIOS Boot Order

Step 1.  Restart PC and Press "Esc" and enter Boot Menu.

Step 2. Press F9 to enter BIOS Boot Options.

Step 3. Use the arrow keys to adjust or change the boot drive on your HP laptop.

Change boot order in HP boot menu

Step 4. Save the changes and restart the HP computer.

#2. Boot HP from USB

Step 1.  Connect a Windows recovery USB drive to your PC. 

Step 2. Restart PC and Press "Esc" and enter Boot Menu.

Step 3. Press F9 to enter BIOS Boot Options.

Step 4. Use the arrow key to switch the computer boot drive to the USB drive.

Step 5. Save the changes and restart the computer.

F10 BIOS Setup

F10, the BIOS Setup option, is a quick access for you to switch UEFI boot mode into BIOS legacy mode. 

F11 System Recovery

It's an option that allows you to reset your HP computers, for example, reset the computer to its factory settings. 

How to Use:

 #1. Factory Reset HP from Startup:

When you are unable to factory reset Windows in settings, you can use the Boot Menu key to give it a try.

Note that this operation will fully erase all files on your disk. So before you start, make sure that you have fully backed up the computer data. 

Step 1. Remove or unplug all unnecessary external devices and restart the HP computer.

Step 2. Press the Esc key to enter Boot Menu.

Step 3. Press F11 and select "Troubleshoot" to enter the Recovery Manager.

Step 4. Select "Factory Reset" and follow the onscreen guide to finishing the process.

Factory Reset HP from HP startup menu

You May Also Like: How to Recover Files after Factory Reset Laptop?

#2. Perform System Recovery on HP

When you are not satisfied with the current OS or you want to revert your Windows OS to a previous system state with the created system image, you can try this out.

Note that this operation may also cause some file loss on your system C drive. So please make sure that you've backed up all important system C drive files.

Step 1. Remove or unplug all unnecessary external devices and restart the HP computer.

Step 2. Press the Esc key to enter Boot Menu.

Step 3. Press F11, click "Troubleshoot" to enter the Recovery Manager.

Step 4. Select "System Recovery" and follow to select a previous system image.

Perform system recovery from HP Boot Menu

Step 5. Follow the onscreen guide to finishing the process.

If you feel regretful, check this out: How to Undo System Restore

In a word, stop using your computer immediately once you lost files using HP boot menu keys for restoring or resetting the OS. And turn to reliable data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help.

F12 Network Boot

If you have a network drive that supports you to access and boot your computer, you can try this option. To boot an HP computer from a network drive, it's quick and efficient.

How to Use:

Step 1. Restart HP computer.

Step 2. Press the Esc key to enter Boot Menu.

Step 3. Press F12 to enter the Network Boot Menu.

Step 4. Select a network drive to boot your computer from.

Step 5. Save the changes and restart the PC.

Run PC from Network drive via HP boot menu

Data Recovery from HP Boot Menu

Sometimes, when the HP computer OS crashes or becomes unbootable, you may need help to perform data recovery from the HP boot menu.

If your computer is currently unbootable or dead, you can turn to bootable data recovery software for help. Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media can help. It allows you to create a bootable media and boot HP from its boot menu to fully scan and restore all valuable hard disk files:

#1. Create A Bootable Disk

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

  • Prepare an empty USB.
  • 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.
select a location and click scan

#2. Boot PC from Bootable Disk via HP Boot Menu

Step 1. Connect the bootable disk to the HP computer.

Step 2. Restart HP computer and press "Esc" to enter Boot Menu.

Step 3. Press "F9" and enter BIOS Boot Option.

Step 4. Set EaseUS bootable disk as a boot drive, save the changes, and reboot HP computer.

#3. Data Recovery from HP Boot Menu

When the HP computer boots up from the EaseUS bootable disk and enter the EaseUS WinPE data recovery environment, follow the steps below to scan and restore all valuable files on your HP computers:

Step 1. Choose a location to scan

Make sure that all hard drives and other devices were correctly connected and recognized by the software. Refresh an external device if necessary.

Choose the relevant hard drive partition by left-clicking on it. Click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait for the scanning results

It takes a while for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to complete the scan, all depending on how much disk space is used on the selected hard drive.

The "Deleted files" result would come our first, later it's all lost data result. You can try to recover lost data as soon as it shows up even though the scanning process has not finished yet.

scan the disk

Step 3. Preview the result and recover data

Preview and choose the files you want, click "Recover" button to save them to a safe place. You'd better choose a different drive to avoid data overwriting.

recover data from the disk

Conclusion: HP Boot Menu Is Complex, Use It Carefully

On this page, we introduced what is HP boot menu and how to access the HP boot menu effectively. According to the HP boot menu keys, you can check device information, run a hardware diagnostic, change boot order, run HP from USB, and even run HP from a Network drive. 

Note that the HP boot menu is complex and make sure that you'll use it carefully. Also, when you can't access files on an unbootable HP computer, EaseUS bootable data recovery software can help. 

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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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