The BIOS (UEFI) is a very important part of the computer and something unknown to many users. It is as important as RAM or the motherboard, so today we are going to learn how we can access it from our Windows 10 or 11.
There are many parts of the computer that we probably do not know or that we have vaguely heard about somewhere, without understanding exactly what it was.
That usually happens with the BIOS, a part of the PC that many people have never entered and therefore do not know what exactly it does.
It is a delicate part of the system and without knowledge it can even be a bit dangerous, so we must always be careful what we select if we are inside.
To know how we can enter it from Windows 10 and Windows 11, you cannot miss this article.
What exactly the BIOS?
We talk about a low level software which is integrated into the motherboard of the computer, whose mission is to check that all the hardware of the PC works correctly.
Entering the BIOS we can customize everything about PC operation in addition to performing tasks such as enabling XMP profiles to change the speed of RAM, booting from a disk or USB drive as well as being able to overclock.
In recent times the BIOS has passed to be called UEFIadding new features, although colloquially it is always called BIOS, even though it really isn’t anymore.
There are several ways to enter from the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems, which we are going to start talking about right now.
Enter when you turn on the computer
We can enter the BIOS at the moment we start the computer and the manufacturer’s logo is displayed.
Then we must press a key when we are on that computer’s startup screen and thus make the BIOS visible. Normally, it tells you at the bottom what the moment is and what key we must press.
Generally, they are usually the keys F2, Del, F4, or F8 the ones that usually work to enter the BIOS, but it is not always like that, that is why it is good to look to see which one the system starts up.
If you can’t see which key, because the letters scroll by too quickly or you can’t find where it is, don’t worry, you may have the Fast Boot enabled in BIOS or the Windows Fast Startup mode.
If you have not been able to access the BIOS with this method, we will show you others that will surely be easier for you to perform or at least more intuitive.
Sign in from Windows
To be able to enter the BIOS from Windows we have several ways that we are going to see right now.
You will see how it is extremely easy to access from Windows, you just have to do the following:
- We enter the Start Menu of Windows.
- Now we must click on the start buttonthe one that we press before giving the one to turn off the system.
- At that time we will see the options that always come out, which are Suspend, Restart or Shutdown.
- At that time we must hold down the Shift key and then click on Restart.
As we have mentioned above, there are other ways to access the BIOS, if you did not like the one we have shown you.
One such alternative is the following:
- We enter the Start Menu.
- At that time we click on Systemand just after clicking on Recovery.
- Now that we’re in Recovery we will see how within recovery optionsthere is a function called Advanced start that has a button that says Restart nowwhich we must press so that the computer is restored and we can enter the BIOS.
You used the method that you used of the two that we have presented to you, you will see how a blue screen with multiple options appears before you.
Now you just have to follow these steps and you will be able to enter the BIOS:
- We are going to Troubleshooting.
- Then we must click on Advanced Options.
- The next thing is to click on UEFI Firmware Settings.
- This will make us finally enter the BIOS of our computer.
If we don’t see the UEFI Firmware Settings option, there are two possible explanations.
The first is that the computer we are using don’t have UEFIsomething quite likely if it is old, which will mean that it will carry the BIOS itself.
The second possibility is that the motherboard does have UEFI, but Windows 10 boots from a drive that was made partition using MBR and not GPT.
If this is the case, the MBR system is the one that will force UEFI to use a BIOS legacy mode, making it impossible to access from Windows.
Access from the command prompt
We can also access the BIOS from the command prompt in a fairly simple way.
These are the steps to follow if you want to use this other option that we present to you:
- We enter the start menu and in the part where it allows us to write we put cmd and as soon as it is detected we must enter the system prompt, but pressing Execute as an administrator.
- Once inside the command prompt we must write shutdown /r /fw in the command prompt window and press Enter.
- A screen should now appear informing you that your PC will shut down in less than a minute.
- We can also write shutdown /r /fw /t at the command prompt to remove the waiting period and restart instantly.
If after doing this you get a message that says The firmware on this system does not support the boot UI in the firmwarethat means the motherboard does not have UEFI or there is an MBR partition.
These are the ways we have in Windows 10 and Windows 11 to get into the BIOS or UEFI. As you will see, everything is very simple, so it does not have a great complication to achieve it.
Can you tell us which of all the methods we have seen is the one that has best adapted to your needs or which one you think is the most practical. You can do it by writing on our social networks. We are always interested in knowing your opinion.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism