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Access UEFI (BIOS) System Setup from Windows on your Dell System



Guide on how to access the UEFI (BIOS) setup from Windows. Please use the tabs below to select the Operating System you have installed on your computer.


Booting to UEFI (Bios) from Windows 10

Note: To boot to the UEFI BIOS without entering Windows use the steps below:

Power on the system.

Tap the F2 key to enter System Setup when the Dell logo appears. If you have trouble entering Setup using this method, press F2 when the keyboard LEDs first flash.

Try not to hold down the F2 key as this can sometimes be interpreted as a stuck key by the system.
  1. Click Start flag button menu and select Settings

  2. Select Update and Security. (images displayed in English as a guide only)

Screenshot of the Update and Security menu option.

  1. Click Recovery on the left hand menu.

  2. Under Advanced start-up, click Restart Now.

Recovery settings menu and Advanced start-up selection.

  1. Select Troubleshoot.

Screenshot of Troubleshoot menu selection screen.

  1. Choose Advanced options.

Screenshot of Troubleshoot menu selection screen.

  1. Select UEFI Firmware Settings.

UEFI Firmware Settings

  1. Click Restart to restart the system and enter UEFI (BIOS).

Booting to UEFI (Bios) from Windows 8 / 8.1

Note: This section only applies to: systems with Windows 8 / 8.1.

Windows 8 / 8.1 upgrades or installs on systems not initially sold with Windows 8 / 8.1 may not have some of the settings described below.

If the system has a pre-UEFI BIOS or to boot to the UEFI BIOS without entering Windows tap the < F2 > key at the Dell logo when the system is starting up to access the system setup (BIOS).

Applies to:

  • Windows 8, Windows 8.1
  • UEFI compliant BIOS, meeting UEFI 2.3.1C standard.


1. Navigate to the Style UI Charms Bar: (images displayed in English as a guide only)

Shortcut:
Windows Key + "C"

Touchscreen:
Swipe finger from right edge of the screen towards the center

Mouse:
Starting from the top right-hand corner move the mouse along the right edge of the screen

Click/Touch "Settings"

Windows 8 Settings

Note: For non-touchscreen systems simply click on Power and hold down the < Shift > key while selecting Restart and skip to Step 4.


2. Click / Tab on "Change PC Settings" on the lower right-hand siteShortcut:

Windows Key + "I"

PC Settings





3. Click / Tab on "General" on the left hand pane

select "Restart Now" under the "Advanced Startup" section on the right pane.

The system will reboot into the Advanced Boot Menu

Note: Note: The system will then power off and restart. Once the Dell logo is displayed you should then see the screens below.


Advanced Startup

4. Click/Tab on "Toubleshoot" (the menu is touch sensitive)
Troubleshoot

5. Under the Troubleshoot section, select "Advanced Options"
Advanced Troubleshoot

6. Select "UEFI Firmware Settings" and select "Restart" on the following prompt.

Windows will now initiate the BIOS.

UEFI Firmware Settings

Booting to UEFI (Bios) from Windows 7

Note: Click the Start button and choose Restart.

Tap the F2 key to enter System Setup when the Dell logo appears. If you have trouble entering Setup using this method, press F2 when the keyboard LEDs first flash.

Try not to hold down the F2 key as this can sometimes be interpreted as a stuck key by the system.

The above also works if you want to boot to the BIOS without entering the Windows environment.



Article ID: SLN143038

Last Date Modified: 10/17/2017 10:27 AM


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