How to open the BIOS or UEFI settings on my computer?

Now that Microsoft has made Windows 11 a lot more secure with a TPM chip and Secure Boot, more and more users are searching for how to enable TPM and Secure Boot in the BIOS settings.

Most computers sold today are equipped with a TPM chip and Secure Boot. Although the PC is often equipped with it by default, this feature is not always enabled. Some users still need to enable Secure Boot in the BIOS or UEFI.

Not only specific requirements can be enabled in the BIOS. There are legions of settings you can adjust. This article will explain how to access the BIOS or UEFI settings for the most common computers.

2 ways to access the BIOS or UEFI settings on your PC

Load the BIOS settings via a key

Most computer models have a unique key that provides access to the BIOS settings when the computer starts. Below you can read which key this is for specific models.

HP Laptops – F10 or ESC
ASUS laptops – F2
Dell laptops – F2 or F12
Acer laptops – F2 or DEL
Lenovo laptops – F2 or FN + F2
Samsung Laptops – F2
Sony Laptops – F1, F2 or F3
Toshiba Laptops – F2
Xiaomi – F9 or F12
Realme – F2

There are also shortcut keys to access the BIOS for motherboard desktop PCs:

ASUS – F2 or DEL
Gigabyte – DEL
ASRock – F2
Zebronics – F2

To access the BIOS settings, shut down the computer. Then, restart the computer and press the BIOS key until the BIOS opens.


How to open the UEFI settings via Windows settings

You can also open the UEFI settings through Windows 11 itself. This works through the Advanced Startup Options.

Right-click on the Start button. Click Settings in the menu, click System on the left, and then Recovery.

Click on the “Restart Now” button in the “Advanced Startup” options. Now restart your PC to load the UEFI menu.

Advanced startup settings to load uefi menu

After booting, click on “Troubleshooting” then on “Advanced options” and “Settings for UEFI firmware”, then reboot your PC.

UEFI Firmware settings

You now have access to the BIOS/UEFI settings.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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