So recently, I wanted a faster way to access the BIOS whilst using Windows 11. I’ve been using the typical method of reboot the machine and mashing the keyboard because I always forget which key to actually press.
This is far from ideal, especially if I miss the button and have to keep rebooting…
- Windows 11 — This is an operating system developed by Microsoft and is widely used around the globe. As of January 2024, it was responsible for roughly 28th% of all operating system installs worldwide.
- BIOS — This term is an acronym for Basic Input/Basic Output and is essential for any computer system. This is the firmware that is responsible for initialising and controlling hardware components.
It’s also useful when installing new hardware as you can check the system recognises the new component(s) before booting into Windows 11 and potentially giving you the dreaded bluescreen of death, or BSOD!
How To Open The BIOS In Windows 11
1 — On Computer Start-Up
Okay, so this first open isn’t really from ‘inside’ Windows 11, and I’ve already stated how I don’t like using this version. But sometimes it is unavoidable!
Typically, you will have to use one of the following keys to enter the BIOS:
F1, F2, F12, DEL
Again, this can vary greatly depending on the manufacturing of your motherboard or base system.