Getting access to your BIOS can have tonnes of benefits. You can check the temperature of your CPU, adjust the fan speeds and boot order of your PC. Nearly every minutiae of the machine’s inner workings live within these menus, so when heading in, make sure you know what you’re looking for! From the BIOS, you can even see if you’re ready for Windows 11 by checking for a TPM setting!
How to enter BIOS from Boot
To get into your BIOS from a cold boot or restart, as soon as you start up the computer you want to hit the dedicated button to access your BIOS, which can be either F2, F4, F8 or DEL. Usually the PC will display what this is.
How to enter BIOS from Windows
If you want to just restart the PC into the BIOS, you can go through the following for Windows 10 and 11:
Go to Settings or search for Recovery Options in Windows 10 or Recovery in Windows 11.
If you’ve come through Settings, you want to go to Update & Security, Recovery.
This will eventually load you into a blue screen with options. You want to head into Troubleshoot.
See, not so bad! When you want to exit the BIOS, just find the Save & Exit settings to be prompted back into the regular Windows boot-up sequence.
We’ve been covering adjacent topics for Windows 11, so you can figure out if your CPU is compatible with Windows 11, the best CPUs for Microsoft’s upcoming OS and how to check if you have a TPM-enabled CPU in the BIOS.
Want to get into Windows 11 early with your current PC? We’ve got the guide for you to get through the loops into the Microsoft Insider’s Program. If you don’t want to commit the whole computer to it, but get an idea of what’s coming in the Autumn, we also show you how to install it to a Virtual Machine. We even have a guide to get it up and running on a Raspberry Pi 4!