How to Enter BIOS in Windows 8.1?

Entering into the BIOS in Windows 8.1 is a bit tricky if your computer has Windows 8.1 preinstalled on it. Unlike older computers, new laptops and desktops with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled on them come with UEFI in place of BIOS and you cannot open the legacy BIOS screen by pressing the F2 key while your computer is starting.

Accessing BIOS in Windows 8.1 is sometimes necessary, for example, if you want to install Windows 10 using a USB or DVD, you will need to change the Boot priority order from the BIOS utility. In this guide, we will show you how to access BIOS on Windows 8.1 preinstalled laptops and desktop computers.

How to Enter into BIOS on Windows 8.1?

1) Press the WINDOWS key + Q to open the search tool.

2) Search for PC settings. Click on PC settings in the search results.

search PC settings in Windows 8.1

3) Inside PC settings, click on Update and recovery.

PC settings in Windows 8.1 to enter BIOS

4) Inside Update and recovery, click on Recovery. Under the Advanced startup section, click Restart now.

click Update and recovery then click Restart now to enter BIOS in Windows 8.1

5) Now, Windows 8.1 will ask you to choose an option. Click on Troubleshoot.

click on Troubleshoot

6) Click on Advanced options.

click on Advanced options

7) Inside Advanced options, click on UEFI Firmware Settings.

click on UEFI Firmware settings in Windows 8.1

8) Click on Restart and wait for a few seconds.

click Restart to access BIOS in Windows 8.1

Your Windows 8.1 computer will restart and you will see the legacy BIOS screen. Now, you can make changes in the BIOS settings according to your requirements.

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