Enter to BIOS Setup on Any Laptop or Desktop

BIOS setup menu

On this topic you will learn how to enter into BIOS setup on your laptop or desktop for most common manufacturers for Pcs.

There are hundreds of computer manufacturers out there and each seems to have their own idea when it comes to designating a key sequence to enter BIOS. There are often even huge differences in BIOS access methods between different models made by the same company!

This list of BIOS access keyboard commands is a work in progress - meaning I need your help! If you have any additional BIOS access information to pass on or if you find a mistake, please let me know.

Note: If you have a custom built computer or one from a very small company, one of these two resources may help you out a bit more than the list on this page:


Aspire, Predator, Spin, Swift, Extensa, Ferrari, Power, Altos, TravelMate, Veriton

Press Del or F2 immediately after powering on.
The Acer Veriton L480G uses F12.
The BIOS on the Acer Altos 600 server uses the Ctrl+Alt+Esc key and the F1 key for advanced options.
Older Acer computers may use also use the F1 or Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys to access BIOS.


B-Series, ROG-Series, Q-Series, VivoBook, Zen AiO, ZenBook

Press (or press and hold) F2 until you see the BIOS screen. You might need to press the key repeatedly until the BIOS utility appears.
Some Asus laptops might require that the Del, Esc, or F10 key be pressed instead.
Older Asus computers might boot to the BIOS setup utility only if you hold down the Esc key until you reach the Boot Device Selection screen; continue to BIOS by selecting Enter Setup from the menu.


Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable

Press F10 while the cursor in the top right corner of the screen is blinking.
Older Compaq computers may use the F1, F2, F10, or Del key to give access to BIOS.


XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, Alienware, Vostro

Press F2 when the Dell logo appears. Press every few seconds until the message Entering Setup appears.
Older Dell desktops and laptops may instead use Ctrl+Alt+Enter or Del to enter BIOS.
Older Dell laptops may use Fn+Esc or Fn+F1.


eMonster, eTower, eOne, S-Series, T-Series

Press Tab or Del while the eMachine logo displays on screen.
Other eMachine computers may use F2 to enter BIOS.


SC17, SC15

Press Del repeatedly while the EVGA laptop is booting.


LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower, Celsius

Press F2 once the Fujitsu logo appears.


DX, FX, LT, NV, NE, One, GM, GT, GX, SX, Profile, Astro

Press the F1 or F2 key repeatedly after restarting the Gateway computer to access the BIOS Setup utility. You might have to press and hold the key in order to reach BIOS.

 Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Pavilion, EliteBook, ProBook, Pro, OMEN, ENVY, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet, Stream, ZBook

Press the F1, F10, or F11 key after restarting the computer.
HP Tablet PCs may use F10 or F12.
Other HP computers may allow access to BIOS using the F2 or Esc keys.
Still others might require that you press the Esc key and then F10.



Press F1 immediately after powering on the computer.
Older IBM computers (including some laptops) may utilize the F2 key for BIOS entry.

 Lenovo (formerly IBM)

ThinkPad, IdeaPad, Yoga, Legion, 3000 Series, N Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation

Press F1 or F2 after powering on the computer.
Some Lenovo products have a small Novo button on the side (next to the power button) that you can press to enter the BIOS setup utility. You might have to then enter BIOS Setup once that screen is displayed.
Older Lenovo products allow access to BIOS using Ctrl+Alt+F3, Ctrl+Alt+Ins, or Fn+F1.

 Micron (MPC Computers)

ClientPro, TransPort

Press F1, F2 or Del immediately after powering on the PC.


PowerMate, Versa, W-Series

Press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup.

 Packard Bell

8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar, Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme

Press F1, F2, or Del to enter BIOS.


Odyssey, Notebook 5/7/9, ArtPC PULSE, Series 'x' laptops

Press F2 to start the BIOS setup utility. You might need to press this key repeatedly until the BIOS screen appears.


Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite

Press F2 after the computer starts.
Some very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.


Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, XPC, Surveillance

Press F2 or Del on startup.


VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series

Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.


Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium

Press F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOS.
Press F12 on a Toshiba Equium.

The following companies are either closed for business or no longer manufacture or support mainstream computers systems, so verifying the following BIOS access information is nearly impossible. I have included what I could dig up for anyone who might be interested:

ARI / ALR / AST (Advantage) - Press the Ctrl+Alt+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Del keys.

Cybermax - Press the Esc key.

Tandon - Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys.

Medion - Use the Del key.

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