In this section, you can see the following parameters:
- System Time. system time.
- System Date. system date.
- Notebook Model. the name of the notebook model.
- Product Number. device number.
- System Board ID. motherboard identifier.
- Born on Date. creation date.
- Processor Type. processor type.
- Total Memory. the amount of RAM.
- BIOS Version. BIOS version. How to find out the BIOS version.
- BIOS Vendor. BIOS Vendor.
- Serial Number. serial number.
- UUID Number. UUID identification number.
- Product configuration ID. product configuration ID.
- System Board CT Number. the serial number of the system board.
- Factory installed OS. installed operating system.
- Primary Battery SN. battery number.
- WLAN FCC ID. network card / Wi-Fi identifier.
- Bluetooth FCC ID. Bluetooth identifier.
The section may also contain information about the language, installed drive and hard disk. These subsections of devices can contain information about capacity, type, sectors, cylinders, and much more.
HP BIOS Settings
In the BIOS settings window, first of all, we see the main menu. The section is called Main.
- POST Hotkey Delay (Sec). delay when loading the POST procedure process.
- CD-ROM Boot. Enable or disable the drive.
- Internal Network Adapter Boot. for devices with no memory drive, where the system is booted through a terminal server.
- Network Boot Protocol. enable this or that type of protocol.
- Legacy Support. Enable Legacy BIOS Support.
- Secure Boot. Protective Boot (Usually does not allow installing left systems). How to disable Secure Boot.
- Platform Key. The platform key supplied by the operating system manufacturer.
- Clear All Secure Boot Keys. clear all secure boot keys.
- Load HP Factory Defaults Keys. load factory default keys.
HP Pavilion BIOS. how to log in and update a laptop
How to enter BIOS on HP Pavilion. Let’s talk about how to enter the subsystem, about the settings and parameters. The main question is how to update the HP BIOS. It is described at the end.
How to enter BIOS on HP Povillion laptop
If you have an HP Pavilion model, you can enter the BIOS as follows:
- Turn on the laptop and quickly press the ESC key.
- A section will appear with a selection of different items. What everyone is responsible for:
- F1. Information about the system;
- F2. System diagnostics;
- F9. Boot menu (read the link what this means);
- F10. Enter BIOS;
- F11. System Restore.
If you have a different model, then entering the BIOS can be done with slightly different buttons, although this happens extremely rarely. F1, F11, F6, F2, F8, Del. Try them if the method above didn’t help.
Press the F10 key to access the HP Pavilion G6-2283ER, HP 250 G4 and many more. You can also read the article about entering BIOS on many other models of motherboards and laptops.
There are only two options here that are responsible for clearing or setting the administrator password and password when powering on and entering the BIOS.
- Administrator Password. Administrator password when entering BIOS. How to reset BIOS password.
- Power-On Password. Password when logging in to the system. Setting a BIOS password.
HP BIOS update
We go into the BIOS. At the beginning of the article, we understood how this is done. Now we find on the Main tab information about the system board code (System Board ID).
- Turn on your laptop again and quickly press the ESC key. In the window that appears, go to the system diagnostic tools. To do this, press the F2 key.
- Make sure the device is connected to a charger. Connect the flash drive with BIOS update files.
- Select the “Firmware Management” option on the UEFI diagnostics screen.
- In the window that opens, select the option “BIOS Update”.
- Next, click on the “Select BIOS Image To Apply” option to select the BIOS image.
- Now click on the item HP_TOOLS, and then HEWLETT_PACKARD.
- Find the image in the BIOSUpdate, CURRENT, PREVIOUS or NEW folder.
- Now find the file that corresponds to your motherboard code. For example, I have a motherboard number 2166, so the file will be named. 02166.bin.
- To install the BIOS update on HP, click the “Apply Update Now” button.
On the screen at the time of the update, you can see the process, which should not be interrupted. Make sure the laptop is connected to the network. If the update fails, the tool will immediately start the recovery process, so there is nothing to worry about.
Each manufacturer (Dell, Asus, etc.) has its own buttons for entering BIOS (UEFI)! By the way, personally, I think this is not very convenient, they could standardize.
The most popular keys for entering BIOS:
Which one you have. guessing is possible, but not always successful. Without knowing the model of the equipment, you may never find the cherished key at all, because in some cases 3 key combinations are used! Can you imagine how many combinations.
- View your manufacturer in the documents that came with your PC (perhaps the buttons are also indicated there);
- Run some special. a utility that can find out the characteristics of your PC (I am personally impressed by the AIDA 64 program, see the screen below);
How to view BIOS information and laptop / PC model in AIDA 64
- In most cases, when you turn on the PC, a screen appears for 1-2 seconds. which shows the buttons for entering the BIOS (example in the screenshot below).
Press Del to enter BIOS.
- if you have a laptop. then to help I can recommend my old article on determining the exact model of the device
- You can also determine the manufacturer by the stickers on the device case.
BIOS / UEFI is a set of firmware that provides the Windows operating system and programs with access to the computer hardware (i.e. hardware). After turning on the computer (or laptop), it is the BIOS that starts up first (and only then the OS), which checks all the equipment of the machine, and if something is not working properly. you will hear beeps (for example, if the video card is malfunctioning, there will be 1 long beep and 2 short beeps).
So, after turning on the PC / laptop, you will have only a moment (1 ÷ 2 seconds) to press a special key to enter the BIOS / UEFI (if you do not have time, then it is already useless to press).
Press the BIOS entry button several times before and during the appearance of the first logo (immediately after turning on the device)
If you have modern Windows 8 or 10 installed (and it works / boots). then you do not have to “stuff” your head with all sorts of keys.
Now you can enter the BIOS without any keys, just take advantage of the opportunity offered by Windows. (see my note, the link to which is given below)
If you have a laptop. then pay attention to the case of the device. Some models (for example, from Lenovo) contain special. keys to enter the BIOS (you need to press them when the device is turned off).
Lenovo B70. a button to enter the BIOS next to the power input. It is most convenient to press with a pencil or pen
How to enter BIOS (UEFI) on a computer or laptop
Sooner or later, everyone who works at a computer is faced with the need to enter the BIOS (note: its more modern version is UEFI, its principle of operation and functions are the same) and change some parameters. By the way, this may be needed for a variety of reasons, for example:
- decided to reinstall Windows, but the computer does not see the installation flash drive (disk). And you just need to change the boot priority in the BIOS;
- decided to overclock the CPU (you will have to change the frequency in the same place);
- the time or date on the computer is displayed incorrectly. you need to change the settings;
- unstable work of the PC;
- the computer does not see the connected hard drive, etc. In fact, there are quite a few reasons to enter BIOS.
In this article, I want to look at how this is done (and what to look out for if you can’t get into BIOS). The article is aimed at the novice PC user.
For laptop users!
I have accumulated several articles on my blog on entering BIOS / UEFI on laptops from the following manufacturers: Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP (specific recommendations are always better than general ones).
manage BIOS settings and parameters
Many newcomers are frightened by the fact that the mouse does not work in the BIOS, there is no Russian language and everything has to be configured using only the keyboard (although in the new UEFI, which replaced the classic BIOS, all these shortcomings have been eliminated).
Meanwhile, everything is quite simple. In many ways. their purpose can be understood from the context, and the most necessary control buttons are usually indicated either at the bottom or to the right of the settings menu (pay attention to the photo from the UEFI menu below: there is a “Hot Keys” section on the right, ie hot keys).
Change boot priority (control keys are shown on the right) / UEFI
One more tip: if you do not know what a particular parameter means, I do not recommend changing it (if this is your first time in BIOS).
- Arrows. move up, down, left-right;
- F1. help (the button is standard, in many other programs. It also opens the section with the help);
- F6 or F9. set default settings;
- F10. save all settings made in BIOS (used very often);
- Enter. confirm / enter the selected menu, on which the cursor is located (the choice is made using the arrows on the keyboard);
- Esc is the reverse function of the Enter key. back or exit (also used very often);
- Plus and minus keys. increase or decrease the value (respectively);
- Tab. move the cursor to the next menu (sort of like arrow padding).
By the way, as well as in UEFI (the photo of which I gave above) in the BIOS in the menu on the right (or below) there are also hints about which button is responsible for what.
Hints: arrows. move cursor, Enter. input, F1. help, F10. save settings and exit, Esc. exit.
How to enter BIOS or UEFI
knowing the manufacturer (BIOS version). define a button
Now by knowing the hardware manufacturer (eg laptop model or BIOS type). all you have to do is find the key to enter the BIOS. You can do this according to the table below (or use a search engine, some reference books).
Table: manufacturer and BIOS entry buttons
|Acer (Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos)||Del or F1|
|Acer (Altos 600 Server)||CtrlAltEsc or F1|
|Acer (Older PC)||F1 or CtrlAltEsc|
|AMI (American Megatrends AMIBIOS, AMI BIOS)||Del|
|AMI (American Megatrends AMIBIOS, AMI BIOS). Old Version||F1 or F2|
|ASRock||Del or F2|
|Award BIOS (AwardBIOS)||Del|
|Award BIOS (AwardBIOS). Old Version||CtrlAltEsc|
|Compaq (Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable)||F10|
|Compaq (Older Computers)||F1, F2, F10, or Del|
|Dell (XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, Vostro)||F2|
|Dell (Older 486 Models)||CtrlAltEnter|
|Dell Dimension L566cx System||Del|
|Dell (Older Laptop Models)||FnEsc or FnF1|
|Dell (Some Models)||Double Reset|
|ECS (Elitegroup)||Del or F1|
|eMachines (eMonster, eTower, eOne, S-Series, T-Series)||Del or Tab|
|eMachine (Some Older Computers)||F2|
|Fujitsu (LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower)||F2|
|Gateway Using Phoenix BIOS (DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro)||F1|
|Hewlett-Parkard (HP Pavilion, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet)||F1|
|Hewlett-Parkard (HP Alternative)||F2 or Esc|
|Hewlett-Parkard (HP) Tablet PC:||F10 or F12|
|IBM ThinkPad using Phoenix BIOS||CtrlAltF11|
|IBM (Older Computers or Notebooks)||F2|
|Lenovo (ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation)||F1 or F2|
|Lenovo (Older Products)||CtrlAltF3, CtrlAltIns, or FnF1|
|Micron (MPC Computers ClientPro, TransPort)||Del or F1, F2|
|Microid Research MR BIOS||F1|
|NEC (PowerMate, Versa, W-Series)||F2|
|Packard Bell (8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar, Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme)||Del or F1, F2|
|Phoenix BIOS (Phoenix-Award BIOS)||Del|
|Phoenix BIOS (Phoenix-Award BIOS). Old Version||CtrlAltS, CtrlAltEsc, CtrlAltIns, or CtrlS|
|Sharp (Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite)||F2|
|Sony (VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series)||F1, F2 or F3|
|Sony Vaio 320 Series||F2|
|Toshiba (Portégé, Satellite, Tecra)||Esc or F1|
restart the computer and press the specials. key
Actually, knowing the key, you restart or turn off your computer, and after turning it on, press this button several times until the BIOS or UEFI settings window appears in front of you (example below in the photo).
If the settings window does not appear. restart the computer again and try another key (note: in the table above, as a rule, two keys are indicated, for different device models).
why can’t enter BIOS (reasons)
There can be many reasons, but most often I come across the following:
- Incorrectly selected key. i.e. you just press the wrong button when you boot your computer. The BIOS version may have been incorrectly identified. I advise you to try the most common buttons in turn: Del, F2, F1, Esc, F10;
- On some laptops (for example, Lenovo) there are special buttons on the device case, by pressing which, you can enter the BIOS (photo given above);
- If you have a USB keyboard (i.e. connected to a USB port), it is possible that it does not work yet when the PC boots up, and therefore you are wastingly pressing the coveted key. In this case, I recommend connecting the keyboard to the PS / 2 port (for example, you can use a special adapter, screen below).
- On some laptops, manufacturers do one “thing”: when the device is running on battery power, you won’t be able to enter the device’s BIOS. To check this fact. just connect the laptop to the network and try to enter the BIOS again;
- You might want to reset your BIOS settings. This is done using a battery on the computer’s motherboard: you need to take it out for a few minutes, and then reinsert it and turn on the PC (in general, this is a rather large topic for a whole article.Therefore, within the framework of this article, I’ll be brief).
How to enter BIOS on a laptop
Nowadays, laptop manufacturers are doing everything possible so that their owners could fix the problem as quickly and easily as possible, without leaving the operating system. But it is worth clarifying that laptops are arranged according to the same principles as desktop PCs, and in some cases it will cope without getting into BIOS settings.
For example, if you decide to reinstall the OS or an error occurs while overclocking a component. How, in this case, enter the BIOS on a laptop? It’s easy enough to do this, but let’s talk about everything in order.
In order to enter the BIOS on a laptop, regardless of the type of Windows Xp, 7, 8 or 10 installed, hotkeys or their combinations are used. And they depend not only on the laptop manufacturer, but also on the motherboard. That is why you should remember the key combination designed specifically for your PC, because at the most inopportune moment you may not have instructions or other devices with Internet access at your fingertips.
Another difficulty that you may encounter when you need to invoke the BIOS is the laptop booting up quickly. While you read the labels, and decide which button you still need to press, the OS will start loading. In order not to get into such a situation, you need to either know the hot keys that activate the BIOS on your device, or use the function to pause the system boot (called by pressing the Pause key). However, not all laptops support this option.
Should I go into the settings?
If you are an inexperienced user, then you should stay away from him and not climb unnecessarily. This can be explained by the fact that changing the parameters without understanding their actions can disable the computer and it will simply stop booting. If you do not understand what a particular function is responsible for, just do not touch it, otherwise your actions may end badly not only for the laptop, but also for your wallet.
If you, at least a little, but understand the PC and have an idea of what a BIOS is and how to work with it, then if necessary, you can independently open the BIOS on a laptop and do what you need. How to do this, we will talk further.
BIOS. what is it and why is it needed
The acronym stands for Basic Input Output System or Basic Input Output System. It starts when the device is turned on and is a black screen on which white letters and numbers are displayed. When the PC starts, it tests the subsystems, after which it transfers control to the OS loader and the operating system itself.
It is worth saying that modern models of laptops from HP, lenovo, asus, acer, Samsung, sony vaio are equipped not with BIOS, but with its more advanced version. UEFI. There is no difference between the system data in terms of access. The only thing is that UEFI is a more modern version of software that simply replaces the outdated BIOS by performing its functions.
Let’s take a look at the main keyboard shortcuts that are often used to get into it:
- “F2” is the most common key for entering BIOS. It is designed for laptops from Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Panasonic, Fujitsu-Siemens, Sony, Samsung, Dell, and Toshiba.
- “ESC” is used like “F2” in some Toshiba models.
- “F10” is for HP and Dell laptops.
- “F1” is sometimes used in Lenovo devices.
Continuation of the list of keys for some models:
Now you know how to enable BIOS yourself. You just need to remember a few important rules that will definitely help you with this:
- When you turn on the laptop, in most cases, information about hot keys is displayed on the screen, pressing which will allow you to exit to the BIOS.
- BIOS loading is possible only after turning on the device or when it is rebooted. If this moment is missed, you need to reboot the PC again.
- Press the hotkey as soon as the PC starts to boot. In order not to miss the moment, press it several times.
How to enter BIOS on laptops and stationary PCs
Save to bookmarks. This list of keys will come in handy more than once.
Modern BIOS versions look different, but they have the same task. initial configuration and checking the computer’s performance. You can also access them in the same ways. Even if you have a UEFI interface, which often differs not only in appearance, but also in support for a mouse and the Russian language.
Most often, the F2 key is used to enter the BIOS while turning on the laptop. Less common options are Del and F9.
If that doesn’t work, turn off the laptop, hold down Esc, and then press the power button. Do not release Esc until the Boot menu appears on the screen. In it you need to go to Enter Setup and press Enter.
How to enter BIOS when turning on a stationary PC
To go to the BIOS menu on a stationary computer, at boot, you need to press the Del key, in rare cases. F2. Typically, the desired key is indicated on the screen before displaying information about the operating system. The message looks something like this: “Press F1 to continue, DEL to enter setup”, “Press DEL to run setup” or “Please press DEL or F2 to enter UEFI BIOS settings”.
You need to press the specified key exactly at the time of displaying such a message. To be sure, you can press several times. But if you still don’t have time, wait for Windows to start and restart your PC to try again.
Try only one key each time you boot. You may simply not have time to check several options.
How to log into UEFI from Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10
In the latest versions of Windows on laptops with UEFI, you can enter the I / O subsystem even when the system is already loaded. To do this, go to “Options” and act depending on the version of the operating system.
In Acer notebooks, the most commonly used keys are F1 and F2, as well as the CtrlAltEsc combination. Acer Aspire series may require CtrlF2. In the TravelMate and Extensa lines, you usually need to press F2 or Del to enter the BIOS. Older Acer laptops may have CtrlAltDel and CtrlAltEsc combinations.
To enter the BIOS on HP notebooks, you usually need to press the F10 or Esc key. But on older models, you may need Del, F1, F11 or F8.
For Windows 8
Change Computer Settings → General → Special Boot Options → Restart Now → Diagnostics → Advanced Settings → UEFI Firmware Settings → Restart.
How to enter BIOS on a laptop
For different laptop manufacturers, the procedure for entering the BIOS of a laptop may vary
For desktop computers, most often, manufacturers follow the traditional method of entering at the push of a button. And it’s not about the developer’s desire. Here, the command that is embedded in the BIOS chip is used, and programs for the BIOS are written by other companies, for example, Award, AMI. That is why this question turns out to be standardized. The BIOS on a laptop is usually created by the computer manufacturer itself, not the motherboard, so differences may already arise here.
How to enter BIOS? Now, only a reaction can help, which will allow you to quickly press a key during the start of the computer and at the same time get to the moment when a prompt to enter the BIOS is displayed on the monitor screen, or you will have to search for the desired button by trial and error.
There is nothing dangerous in this technique. Even if some unknown program is launched, it is enough just to turn off the laptop and turn it on again. You do not need to press the entire keyboard at once, because in this case, even if the result is achieved, it will not be known which button worked.
Press the following buttons: Del, F10, F11, F12, F1, F2, Esc, Tab. These buttons are most often used, perhaps because of the extreme position on the keyboard relative to other buttons. How to enter the BIOS of a specific laptop model can be written on the manufacturer’s website.
How can I enter the BIOS of an HP laptop?
It’s good when the laptop works in a way that is not satisfactory. Nevertheless, in the life of any computer, there are situations in which you have to resort to tuning, in particular, you may need to reconfigure the BIOS. If you look at any forum on setting up computers, there are constantly voiced questions about how to enter the BIOS of HP, ASUS and other manufacturers, this suggests that laptops have nuances associated with this.
The BIOS is always entered at the start of the PC, as soon as an image appears on the monitor screen. And for this, a prompt is usually shown in the first few seconds after switching on. But the problem with modern laptops is that they start up so quickly that the user only has time to see the splash screen of the loaded Windows, and almost immediately the desktop appears.
HP Notebook Features
HP notebook PCs have their own peculiarities of working with the BIOS subsystem (BIOS)
For HP notebook computers, several buttons are used to launch the BIOS at once. precisely, with their help, various programs built into the BIOS are launched, which, according to the manufacturer, may be needed most often.
The main among these launch buttons is Esc. After pressing it, a short menu will appear on the laptop screen, which will offer all possible options.
- F1. System Information. Information about the computer (for example, which processor is installed, memory size, hard disk, etc.).
- F2. System Diagnostics. Launching programs written in the BIOS chip to check the stability of the RAM and hard disk surface.
- F9. Boot Device Option. Boot device selection. To do this, you do not need to run the BIOS setup program at all, just select from the list the drive or drive from which you want to start the system.
- F10. BIOS Setup. Directly launching the BIOS setup utility.
- F11. System Recovery. Launching the Windows recovery program.
This set of programs allows you to do without starting the setup program, because a password can be set on it, which is much more difficult to reset in a laptop than in a system unit. After all, there is no such easy access to the jumpers on the motherboard, and you have to be content with the buttons on the keyboard.
All operations displayed on separate keys represent a well-thought-out complex of programs for diagnostics and computer settings. If you need to reinstall Windows, you only need to make a bootable CD during installation. If the system suddenly fails during setup, then you can check the most important components. these are the RAM modules and the hard drive. You can also simply restore the system from a backup previously saved on a hidden partition on your hard drive.
Review the other startup options before entering Setup. Perhaps they will help solve all the problems without an in-depth study of the BIOS.
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How to enter the Boot Menu on HP notebooks
Launching the Boot Menu on HP also has its own specifics. After all, the opening of the Booth Menu is carried out in a slightly different way. To enter the Boot Menu on an HP laptop, you need to: When you turn on Windows, immediately press the Esc key. The startup menu will be displayed. press the F9 button. Done. After that, the Boot Menu of the HP laptop will open, and you can set the priority of turning on the devices (using the arrows).
How to bring up the Boot Menu on Acer laptops
Boot Menu on Acer is opened by pressing the F12 button. But there is one small nuance here. The fact is that usually the launch of the Boot Menu on Acer laptops is disabled. And when you press F12, nothing will happen. To make it work, you need to do the following: Go to the BIOS (when you boot the laptop, press the F2 button). Go to the “Main” tab. Look for the line “F12 Boot Menu” and change the value “Disabled” (disabled) to “Enabled” (enabled). Save changed settings and exit BIOS.
The system will reboot and you can enter the Boot Menu on your Acer laptop using F12.
How to enable Boot Menu on Lenovo laptops
Lenovo laptop owners shouldn’t have any difficulties. After all, the Boot Menu on Lenovo starts very simply. with the F12 key when Windows boots.
Plus, many models have a special button with a curved arrow on the case. You can click it if you want to select additional. download options.
How to open the Boot Menu on Asus It is immediately worth noting that there are Asus motherboards (installed on PCs) and laptops of this brand. Run the Boot Menu on a computer with a mat. Asus board is as easy as shelling pears. you have to press the F8 key when it boots (at the same time when you usually enter the BIOS). And with Asus laptops, there is a bit of confusion. It seems that the manufacturer is the same, but there are several buttons to launch the Boot Menu. After all, the launch of the Boot Menu on Asus laptops is carried out using one of the two keys: Esc; F8. Most often this is the Esc key, although it could be F8. However, there are only 2 keys, so you will quickly figure out which one is responsible for launching the Boot Menu on your Asus laptop.
How to enable Boot Menu on Samsung laptops
To bring up the Boot Menu on Samsung, press the Esc key. But Samsung laptop owners need to know one peculiarity. The fact is that to call the Booth Menu, you need to click the Esc button once! If you double-click, the window will simply close. Therefore, you have to get used to knowing exactly when to press the Esc key. Although there is nothing complicated here. just a couple of attempts, and you will go to the Boot Menu on a Samsung laptop.
How to enter Boot Menu on Windows 10 or 8
All of the above methods allow you to launch the Boot Menu on Windows 7. If Windows 8 or Windows 10 is installed on your PC or laptop, then you most likely will not be able to enable the Boot Menu.
There are three ways to fix this: Hold Shift when turning off your laptop or PC. After that, it will turn off normally (in the usual sense of the word). And then you can launch the Boot Menu on Windows 10 by pressing the desired key. Instead of shutting down the PC, you can restart it. And at the moment of switching on, simply press the specific key corresponding to your brand of laptop or motherboard. Disable Fast Startup. For this:
- go to the “Control Panel” and select “Power supply”;
- click on the line “Actions of the power buttons”;
- in the window that appears, click on the line “Change parameters” and remove the “Quick Launch” checkbox.
That’s it. now you can easily enter the Boot Menu on Windows 10 or Windows 8.
How to enter the Boot Menu on a laptop and computer?
Want to boot your computer from a flash drive or disk? To do this, you do not need to go to the BIOS settings. Especially if you don’t understand much about this. There is an easier way. In this case, just go to the Boot Menu and change the boot priority of devices. This is done in 10 seconds.
What do users usually do to reinstall Windows? As a rule, a licensed digital copy is written to a bootable USB flash drive via UltraISO, and then the BIOS is configured to boot from the flash drive. In principle, this is not difficult, but there is a simpler option. calling the Boot Menu. What is it? The Boot Menu (or boot menu) is an extremely useful BIOS option. It can be used to quickly set the boot priority of devices. Simply put, launching the Boot Menu brings up a small window in which you can immediately put the USB flash drive (or DVD) in the first place, and the hard drive in the second. In this case, you do not need to enter the BIOS.
In addition, changing settings in the Boot Menu does not affect BIOS settings. That is, this option is triggered once. for one activation. And when you restart your PC, Windows will boot from your hard drive (as usual). If you again need to start the Windows installation from a USB flash drive, call the Boot Menu again.
How to call the Boot Menu
How do I open the Boot Menu? It’s very simple. to click one key when Windows starts. Which one? It depends on the:
- BIOS version;
- laptop models.
That is, the situation is exactly the same as with the BIOS. For example, to turn on the BIOS on a laptop, you had to press the Del or F2 button, and to open the Boot Menu, you had to click another.
Therefore, below we will consider how to run the Boot Menu on popular brands of laptops and personal computers.
List of keys to enter the Boot Menu
For your convenience, below is a screenshot showing the keys to launch the Boot Menu for popular laptops and PCs. For example, for computers running on a mat. on the MSI board, this is the F11 button. And the launch of the Boot Menu on Sony VAIO laptops is carried out using F12.
Also, for convenience, buttons for entering the BIOS are written. If for some reason you cannot open the Boot Menu, you can always change the boot priority of devices in the standard way. through the BIOS.
Boot Menu HP
Immediately after turning on the computer, on an HP laptop, press the “Esc” key, and then select the “F9” key in the menu that opens.
How to enter the boot menu on a laptop: table
The table contains hotkeys for entering the Boot Menu of a laptop from the most famous and widespread manufacturers. On some laptop models in the boot menu, among other devices, there is a recovery partition created by the computer manufacturer.
|HP||InsydeH2O||Esc → F9|
|Lenovo||Phoenix Secure Core||F12|
|Packard Bell (Acer)||Phoenix Secure Core||F12|
|Samsung||Phoenix Secure Core||Esc (press once)|
Boot Menu Sony
To enter the boot menu on Sony laptops, use the “F11” key. It happens that on Sony VAIO laptops the BIOS has disabled the function of entering the boot menu. To change the parameters, you need to go to the BIOS settings, and then enable the “External Device Boot” option.
Boot Menu Acer
On Acer notebooks, the F12 key is used to enter the Boot Menu. On some laptop models of this company, the ability to enter the boot menu when the computer starts is disabled.
To correct the situation, you need to enter the BIOS settings, and there enable the “F12” key as a “hot key” to enter the boot menu. Remember to save changes to BIOS settings.
How to call the Boot Menu on a desktop computer: table
On stationary PCs, entering the boot menu depends on the motherboard manufacturer and the BIOS version used on the hardware. Mainly, motherboards are produced by well-known Taiwanese companies.
The most common keys to enter the boot menu are F12, F11, Esc, other keyboard keys are not used very often.
Next, let’s take a closer look, examples of how to open the Boot Menu on laptop models from well-known manufacturers.
Disable Fast Startup feature in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8
On many modern computers running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, the boot screen is not displayed during system startup, or the screen is displayed for a very short period of time. This is done to increase the speed of Windows startup, because the fast startup function is activated on the PC.
Everything happens so quickly that the user simply does not have time to press the desired “hot” key to enter the Booth Menu. In this case, you will need to disable fast boot of the Windows operating system.
- In the Control Panel, select the “Power supply” section.
- In the Power Options window, select the Power Buttons Action option.
- In the “System Settings” window, select the option “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
- In the “Shutdown Options” section, uncheck the box next to “Enable Fast Startup (Recommended)”, and then click on the “Save Changes” button.
Some UEFI BIOS has a quick start feature, so you need to disable it in the BIOS settings.
Boot Menu Lenovo
The user can enter the boot menu on Lenovo notebooks using the “F12” key. Using a special key on some Lenovo laptop models, you can enter the additional menu and select the Boot Menu launch there.
Choosing boot devices in the BIOS or in the Boot Menu: differences between the two methods
Immediately after turning on the computer, you can select the boot device in two ways:
- directly from the BIOS;
- from Boot Menu.
In the first case, you will need to enter the BIOS, and then, in the appropriate tab, change the priority of the boot performed from the computer devices. By default, the system is booted from the hard disk of the computer.
In the list of devices, depending on the PC configuration, there is equipment from which it is possible to boot: hard disk, CD / DVD drive, connected USB devices, etc. The user, using the arrow keys on the keyboard, selects the desired device, moves it to the first place in the list and then saves the changes in BIOS settings.
After applying the changes, the computer will boot from the very first device installed in the BIOS Boot Menu. If the first device does not have a bootable disc, it will boot from the next device, etc. For example, the PC has been set to boot from CD / DVD priority and the hard drive is the second boot device if there is no bootable CD / DVD in the drive disk, the computer will boot from the hard disk. Accordingly, if a Windows disc is inserted into the drive, the PC will boot from the DVD disc.
Boot priority selection in BIOS is a permanent setting that can be changed if needed again.
Loading the Boot Menu, on the contrary, is a temporary setting. In a separate window, the user enters the boot menu, selects the boot device to run on the computer. This action is one-time at the current time. This method is convenient because the user does not have to call the BIOS to change the system boot order setting.
If you need to boot to the computer again from a bootable disk (USB flash drive or CD / DVD), the user will have to enter the Boot Menu to select the boot device.
Download and install BIOS
The first part of this paragraph has already been described earlier in this article. But in order not to flip back and forth, the main excerpts will be given:
- Go online to the HP Software and Driver Downloads tab. Find your computer model, Windows version and BIOS update here;
- click on the “Details” button to get information about additional data when installing the update;
- now you need to familiarize yourself with the list of system requirements. This is necessary in order to install the correct BIOS version and not damage the laptop;
- download the installer to a pre-formatted USB flash drive;
- now activate the program and run the “Installation Wizard”;
- after that, the special HP System BIOS Update program will start. Select “Next”;
- after switching to a new page, you must select the line for creating a USB drive in order to restore. Click “Next” again. A list of available options will open. Among them, select the flash drive with the installer and confirm the action. Once the ready message appears, press the finish button.
The drive is now ready to perform a BIOS software recovery.
How to update the “BIOS” on an HP Pavilion laptop?
Many older notebook models have older BIOS versions that are difficult to work with. Therefore, the installation of a newer version is extremely necessary. In this article, we will look at how to update the “BIOS” on an HP Pavilion laptop.
Now it’s time to update the “BIOS” on your HP laptop. However, before that, an important detail must be communicated. During the update process, the computer will beep and turn the screen and cooling fans on and off. This behavior is standard for this situation. Don’t get scared and try to cancel the installation process.
Now you can give the last part of the instructions on how to update the “BIOS” on an HP laptop:
- do not disconnect the device from the mains and make sure that during installation it does not work on battery power;
- disable antivirus programs and close all applications;
- run the installer exe file and just follow all the steps reported during the update;
- once the process is complete, the laptop must be restarted.
This is the first thing to do before proceeding with the BIOS update. To complete the task, you need:
- open the control panel menu on the computer (for Windows 10, you must enter this phrase in the search engine);
- go to the “Systems and Security” section;
- click on the hard disk encryption line;
- on the new page, select the item to pause SSD or HDD protection. Confirm the action in the warning window.
Find the latest version
Before updating the “BIOS” on an HP Compaq laptop or any other model, you must find the latest BIOS program. For this:
- through the settings, open the HP software and driver downloads tab on the Internet;
- select your laptop model and go to a new tab;
- now you need to select the operating system installed on the laptop and the bitness (32 or 64). Press the “Send” button;
- then a list of available updates will be shown. Among them, you need to find the BIOS. If it is absent, then this model has the latest version and no update is required. Either there are no updates for the current operating system;
- now you need to download the installer and save it to any place convenient for you. For example, on a USB flash drive.
BIOS update via UEFI
Installing BIOS via UEFI is necessary when it is not possible to start the Windows operating system. However, this is only possible if the laptop motherboard is equipped with this code. Next, it will be described how to update the “BIOS” on an HP laptop from a USB flash drive using UEFI.
Where to find the motherboard code?
Before updating the “BIOS” on an HP notebook, you need to find this information to help you identify the correct BIOS file. You can find out the code like this:
- at the very beginning of turning on the device, press the F10 button (it can also be F2 or F6). You will go to the BIOS program menu;
- in the “Home” tab in the list of indicators, find the system board code (about the fifth in a row). Rewrite. It will come in handy during the upgrade process;
- to close the program, use the same F10.
How to open UEFI?
Before updating the “BIOS” on an HP notebook when the system is unable to start, you must open the UEFI menu. For this:
- at the very beginning of turning on the computer, press Esc on the keyboard several times. Repeat until the start menu appears;
- to start UEFI, you must press the F2 key.