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

Summary: Steps and information on how to access the system BIOS from Windows.

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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.

SLN143038_en_US__1icon 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

SLN143038_en_US__1icon 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)
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  1. Click Recovery on the left-hand menu.

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

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  1. Select Troubleshoot.

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  1. Choose Advanced options.

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  1. Select UEFI Firmware Settings.

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

Booting to UEFI (BIOS) from Windows 8 or 8.1

 

SLN143038_en_US__1icon 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:
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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."

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SLN143038_en_US__1icon 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:

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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.
 

 

SLN143038_en_US__1icon Note: Once the Dell logo is displayed, you should see the screens that are shown below.

 


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4. Click or Tab on "Troubleshoot" (the menu is touch-sensitive).
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5. Under the Troubleshoot section, select "Advanced Options"
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6. Select "UEFI Firmware Settings" and select "Restart" on the following prompt.

Windows will now initiate the BIOS.

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Booting to UEFI (BIOS) from Windows 7

SLN143038_en_US__1icon 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.

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Last Published Date

10 Apr 2021

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