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How to Enter BIOS on Windows 11: 3 Easy Methods

BIOS is like the backend of your computer that you can refer to if you ever get stuck somewhere on the frontend or need to tweak some settings. Thankfully, not much has changed when it comes to accessing it on Windows 11.

There are different ways to enter BIOS on Windows 11, any of which you can follow from here at your discretion.


Enter BIOS via Windows Settings

If your PC is booted up already and is currently being used, this method is the way to go as it allows you to enter BIOS graphically via Windows 11 settings page. To use this method,

  • Launch the Settings app with the combination of Windows key + I
  • In the Settings window, navigate to and click System on the left pane
  • Under System, click on Recovery
  • Next, In the Recovery window, navigate to the bottom-right and click on Restart Now, right next to Advanced Startup
  • A prompt will pop with a header that says We’ll Restart Your Device to Save Your Work. Click on Restart Now user it
  • A Chose an Option screen will pop up next. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings and then select Restart

Your PC will boot into BIOS once you’ve clicked the Restart button

Enter BIOS in Startup Screen

This is the most commonly used method for entering BIOS on Windows 11, but it’s device-centric, meaning that different devices require different keys to use it. The key to enter BIOS is F2 on most computers, but you can confirm yours on the splash screen (dark, blank page) that opens when you power on your computer.

Usually, the splash screen has the manufacturer logo on it, and you should see a prompt telling you which key to press to enter BIOS. Alternatively, you can use the keywords “BIOS key for (Device Model)” on Google to see your device’s BIOS key.

When powering your PC, ensure to press the BIOS key before the screen gets past the blank page. In some cases, you may need to restart your PC and try again if you don’t get it right the first time.

Use Windows Terminal

You can also boot into BIOS using the Terminal utility on Windows 11. To access it,

  • Press Windows key to open the Start Menu
  • Next, search for Windows Terminal using the Start Menu search bar
  • Click on the app in the search result
  • In Windows Terminal, type the following command:

   shutdown /r /o /f /t 00

  • Press Enter key and follow the prompt in the Choose an Option Screen as demonstrated in the previous method

Your system will go off and boot into BIOS from here.

Final Notes

There are a couple of other methods you can employ to enter BIOS on Windows 11, but one of the three demonstrated above should suffice if you’re not a nerdy user. I hope the methods work for you. 

Most importantly, except you’re cocksure of the settings in BIOS, don’t tweak anything in it to avoid disruptions on the operating system. And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them in the comments section below.

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