How to get into BIOS in Windows 11

The Basic Input/Output System, or BIOS, is a built-in program that starts Windows when you turn on your computer. It also manages the communication between your operating system and other devices such as a mouse or keyboard. Finally, it allows you to troubleshoot and configure various settings. However, accessing the BIOS is not as simple as accessing a folder or file.

If you are interested in knowing how to access BIOS in Windows 11, you have come to the right place. This article will tell you different ways to do this, so that you can choose the one that works best for you.

How to get into BIOS in Windows 11

Accessing the BIOS can help you troubleshoot many problems in Windows 11. But the BIOS is not a folder that you can access from File Explorer. There are several ways to access the settings:

How to get into the BIOS in Windows 11 at startup

The most common way to access the BIOS menu in Windows 11 is at startup. Users need to press the dedicated key to enter BIOS. Heres how to do it:

  1. Turn on your computer.
  2. Once the computer starts to boot, press the assigned key until a menu appears on the screen.

The BIOS should then appear on your screen. Browse through it and make the changes you want.

Note: Not all PC manufacturers set the same key to access BIOS. Depending on the brand of your computer, the key may be F2, F10, F1, or F12. If you do not know which key to use, we recommend that you refer to the manufacturer’s website or check your instruction manual. You can also find this information on the first splash screen that appears when you start your computer. Keep in mind that not all computer and laptop models display this information.

While this method is the simplest, it does require speed. This can be a problem if your computer is fast and boots up in just a few seconds, leaving you no time to press the relevant key. Fortunately, there are other ways to get into the BIOS.

How to access BIOS in Windows 11 from Settings

If you are not fast enough to press the dedicated BIOS key at startup at the specified time, or you do not know which key to use, you can access the BIOS through Settings. Follow the instructions below to do this:

  1. Open the Start menu and press the gear icon to access Settings.
  2. Select “System” in the menu on the left.
  3. Click “Recover” on the right side.
  4. Select “Restart now” next to “Advanced startup”.
  5. The screen will show “We will restart your device, so save your work”. If you have saved your work, tap Restart Now.
  6. A list of three options will appear. Choose Troubleshoot.
  7. Click on “Advanced Options”.
  8. Select “UEFI Firmware Settings” and choose “Reboot”.
  9. Enter “BIOS Setup”.

Although getting into the BIOS using this method takes longer than doing it on startup, it’s a surefire method that doesn’t require speed.

How to get into BIOS in Windows 11 using the command

You can use task automation and various configuration management software such as PowerShell or Terminal to access the BIOS. Follow the steps below to do this:

  1. Open your favorite program.
  2. He writes “shutdown /r /o /f /t 00“or”shutdown.exe /r /oand select “Enter”.
  3. Several options will appear on the screen. Select “Troubleshoot”.
  4. Click on “Advanced Options”.
  5. Go to “UEFI Firmware Settings”.
  6. Choose “Restart”.

Your computer will restart and enter the BIOS automatically.

How to get into BIOS in Windows 11 using a shortcut

If you need to access BIOS often, you can create a shortcut that allows you to enter BIOS with just a few clicks. Heres how to do it:

  1. Right-click on the desktop, hover over New, and select Shortcut.
  2. Under “Type the location of the item”, enter “shutdown /r /o /f /t 00.
  3. Click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Once the shortcut is created, here’s how to use it to access the BIOS:

  1. Double-click the shortcut.
  2. Click on “Troubleshoot”.
  3. Go to “Advanced Options”.
  4. Select “UEFI Firmware Settings”.
  5. Press “Restart”.

The computer will enter the BIOS automatically.

How to get into BIOS in Windows 11 using Shift + Restart

If you want to access BIOS in Windows 11 without logging in, here is what you can do:

  1. While on the lock screen or signed in, hold Shift, tap the Power icon, and choose Restart.
  2. You will be taken to the advanced startup screen. Choose Troubleshoot.
  3. Click on “Advanced Options”.
  4. Choose “UEFI Firmware Settings”.
  5. Select “Restart”.

You can do the same if you are logged in:

  1. Press and hold the “Shift” button and open the start menu.
  2. Select the “Power” icon.
  3. Choose “Restart”.
  4. Select the Troubleshoot option from the Advanced startup screen.
  5. Choose “Advanced Options”.
  6. Click “UEFI Firmware Settings”.
  7. Press “Restart”.

How to get into the BIOS in Windows 11 using the boot window

Another way to get into the BIOS in Windows 11 is to use the boot window. Follow the instructions below to do this:

  1. Press “Windows + R” to open the Run window.
  2. He writes “shutdown /r /o /f /t 00and click OK or select Enter. Alternatively, you can useshutdown.exe /r /o“It is, but it’s not quite as fast.
  3. Go to Troubleshoot.
  4. Choose “Advanced Options”.
  5. Click “UEFI Firmware Settings”.
  6. Select “Restart”.

How to access BIOS in Windows 11 on your Surface Pro

Many Surface Pro devices come with Windows 11, while others can be upgraded to it. If you have a Surface Pro, here’s an easy way to get into the BIOS:

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up (plus) button.
  3. Press and hold the Power button and release it while still holding the Volume Up button. When you see the Microsoft or Surface logo, release the Volume Up button. You should now enter the BIOS of your Surface Pro.


Many users are not sure if UEFI is the same as BIOS. As you may have noticed, most instructions for accessing BIOS in Windows 11 actually include UEFI access, so it’s natural to wonder if the two terms are interchangeable.

While UEFI and BIOS are both interfaces that start the operating system and act as an intermediary between the operating system and the firmware, they are not the same. BIOS uses the Master Boot Record (MBR), while UEFI uses the GUID Partition Table (GPT). MBR is located in the first sector of the hard disk, which increases the risk of corruption. It uses UEFI GPT which performs regular redundancy checks which reduce the chances of corruption issues.

Developed in 2007, UEFI is nowadays considered the standard for modern interfaces. It is a newer and more advanced interface that corrects some technical shortcomings in the BIOS and contains features that the BIOS does not provide. Many experts predict that UEFI will replace BIOS in the near future.

BIOS only works in 16-bit mode, while UEFI works in 64-bit. This means that UEFI has more memory, which makes the boot process much faster.

Modern motherboards ship with UEFI instead of BIOS because they provide more options and are more capable.

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What are the basic functions of the BIOS?

The BIOS has four main functions:

• Power On Self Test (POST) – The BIOS tests the hardware connected to your computer and ensures there are no errors before loading the operating system.

• Boot loader – BIOS locates your operating system. When (and if) it locates the system, the BIOS will pass control to it.

• Drivers and Software – The BIOS identifies the drivers and software that interact with the operating system as soon as it is loaded.

• Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Setup – CMOS is a non-volatile BIOS memory that allows users to customize system and hardware settings.

How can I check the BIOS version?

If you want to check the BIOS version on your computer, here is what you need to do:

1. Open the start menu and type “cmdin the search bar.

2. Run Command Prompt.

3. Type “wmic bios get smbiosbiosversionYou will see the BIOS version number.

Alternatively, you can use this method:

1. Press “Win + R” to access the run command window.

2. Type “msinfo32in the search bar and select ‘OK’ or press ‘Enter’.

3. Find “BIOS version/date” and check the numbers.

Do I have to update the BIOS on my computer?

Updating our operating system ensures smooth performance and allows us to use new features. However, this is not the case with the BIOS. Unlike operating system updates, BIOS updates do not include new features, performance improvements, or security patches. They usually fix minor bugs or add support for new CPUs.

If your computer is working properly, there is no need to update the BIOS. In fact, updating the BIOS can do more harm than good, and you may encounter errors or even crash your computer. BIOS updates are hardware specific, and if you get the wrong version, your computer may become unbootable.

If you are experiencing bugs fixed in a new BIOS version or want to upgrade your CPU, you should probably update the BIOS. We recommend letting a professional handle it to reduce risk.

Getting into BIOS has never been easier

Contrary to popular belief, accessing the BIOS at startup is not the only way to access it. The new Windows 11 allows you to enter the BIOS in several ways to troubleshoot system errors or fix problems. Be very careful when working in BIOS and only change settings if you know what they are for. Otherwise, you could jeopardize your computer’s performance.

Did you have trouble accessing BIOS? Did you know that there are many ways to access BIOS? Tell us in the comments section below.

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