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


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



This guide shows you how to access the UEFI (BIOS) setup from Windows. Use the tabs below to select the Operating System you have installed on your computer.

Note: Some systems may not have this option as the BIOS cannot change the UEFI or SATA settings.

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 are 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 or 8.1

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

Systems that had Windows 8 or 8.1 upgraded or installed after purchase may not have some of the following settings. An example of this is upgrading from Windows 7 to 8 or 8.1.

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.

Applies to:

  • Windows 8, Windows 8.1
  • UEFI-compliant BIOS that meets the UEFI 2.3.1C standard


1. Navigate to the Style UI Charms Bar: (Images are 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 or Touch "Settings."

Windows 8 Settings

Note: For nontouchscreen systems, simply click Power and hold down the < Shift > key while selecting Restart and skip to Step 4.


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

Windows Key + "I"

PC Settings





3. Click or 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: Once the Dell logo is displayed, you should see the screens that are shown below.


Advanced Startup

4. Click or Tab on "Troubleshoot" (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: 08/18/2020 01:03 PM

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