By CD Crowder
Updated February 10, 2017
By changing the BIOS settings in Windows Vista, you can further customize how your Vista system works. Typical changes include changing the boot order, setting the system or BIOS password, changing hard drive settings, and setting the system time. The BIOS determines how your system boots and how Vista interacts with the installed hardware. Without a BIOS, Windows Vista will not start or will start correctly. Changing BIOS settings is not difficult, but care should be taken when changing system settings.
Restart your Windows Vista computer by clicking the small arrow at the bottom of the Start menu. Select “Restart Computer”.
Press the correct key to access the BIOS. It depends on the manufacturer of your computer. Typically Dell systems use “F2” and HP systems use “Esc”. Other possible keys are “F12” and “Del”. Before you see the Windows Vista boot screen, press the appropriate key.
Use the arrows and function keys to navigate and change BIOS settings. Exact functionalThe keys for saving settings and switching between BIOS pages are manufacturer-specific.
Read the description of each BIOS setting by looking at the right side of the screen when you select an option. For example, if you select the Boot Order option, you will see a description detailing what the option does and how you can change it.
Press the correct key to save your changes and exit. This is usually done with F10 or Esc. Read the description of each function key at the bottom of the BIOS setup screen. If you’ve made any changes that don’t work as expected, you can re-enter BIOS and reset BIOS to default settings. The key to this depends on the manufacturer.
Every time you change the password information in the BIOS, write down the password in a safe place so you don’t lose or forget your password.
Never change BIOS settings unless you know exactly what you are changing. You can prevent your Vista system from starting or working properly.
What You Need To Know
- You may requireEnter the BIOS if you need to install new hardware or enable or disable features built into your computer.
- Just restart your computer and look for a Setup, Configuration, or BIOS message that tells you which key to press.
- Common keys include Esc, Tab, Del, or one of the function keys, often F2 or F10.
You may need to press the BIOS access key several times to enter the BIOS. Do not hold down the button or press it too often, otherwise the system may malfunction or freeze. If so, restart and try again.
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Method 1. Use Keyboard Shortcut
It might be too fast to notice, but your computer is going through a quick POST to keep your home screen loaded as quickly as possible. From this closed window, you can also access your BIOS by clicking a keyboard shortcut defined by your PC.
DEL and F2 are generally the most popular keyboard shortcuts for PCs. However, if you don’t know which keyboard shortcut your brand is using, your this list of common BIOS keys by brand may be helpful.
- Acer: F2 or DEL
- ASUS: F2 for all PCs, F2 or DEL for motherboards.
- Dell: F2 or F12
- HP: ESC or F10
- Lenovo: F2 or Fn F2
- Lenovo (desktops): F1