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Top three keys used to enter UEFI BIOS Setup

Top three keys used to enter UEFI BIOS Setup

There are many keys (and key combinations) used to enter UEFI BIOS setup.

Just a word of caution before we continue. Do NOT change and save UEFI BIOS settings unless you know what you are doing.

Here are the top three keys used to gain access to the UEFI BIOS setup.

    <F2> (or <Fn> + <F2> )

To find out how to enter your system's BIOS setup, restart your computer. As your system boots up, you may be prompted with a message that states, "Press <KEY> or <ANOTHER KEY> to enter setup," or "Press <KEY>, <ANOTHER KEY> and <YET ANOTHER KEY> to enter setup."

If you do not see this message, the BIOS boot screen may be hidden. If it is, consult your manual... or what I do is hit the <Tab> key during power on to switch the boot screen from Quiet Boot. When Quiet Boot is enabled, the text-based BIOS boot screen is hidden and replaced with the logo, typically the system or motherboard manufacturer logo.

Here is a list of keys and key combinations (including the top three):
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + <Esc> keys (some motherboards and option ROMs)
<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Esc> keys (some motherboards and option ROMs)
<Del> (UEFI default)
<Esc> (UEFI default)
<F3> (some Toshiba notebooks)

ODMs and OEMs that ship with Aptio V (American Megatrends UEFI BIOS firmware) on their platforms, can program the key (or combination of keys) that provide access to UEFI BIOS setup. If you are an ODM or OEM that licenses Aptio V firmware, contact us to learn how to perform this customization.

Comments (36)

  • my 11/23/2017

    Hi Terry, I am trying find out how to get to the UEFI Graphical Interface. bios. I do get into the old blue text screen bios by pressing F2. From this traditional blue screen text BIOS I did get there once , but not sure or remember how. The hardware is a 11 inch Medion notebook. The old blue screen TEXT BIOS is 'APTIO SETUP UTILITY AMERICAN MEGATREND. Core version 5.011 . Compliancy UEFI 2.4 PI 1.3. I need to know how to recover Windows 10 from an external USB stick from the UEFI graphical interface. Your blog shows only the old text screen bios. I am pasting web links of examples of the old and new bios. New gui bios old text screen bios Ta, My
  • my 11/25/2017

    Hi ( Terry), Please ignore my previous question. The solution was found on the internet. Hold down the shift key and restart win 10, that brings up the GUI 'bios'. You may able to assist with the following. With other computers, Linux / Ubuntu install gives the option to install next to Windows. Upon start up it gives the option whether to boot Windows or Linux. With the Medion notebook, , Ubuntu wants to erase the entire ( built in flash) disk. So I guided Ubuntu install onto the SD card. Though the first partition says 'efi' ( MBR) in windows, I cannot get the system to boot from the SD card. The text bios does not seem to recognise the SD card. From windows, the SD card is empty. The Ubuntu install went for an hour or so, yet the SD card seems empty. So do you know a way to install Ubuntu next to windows on this note book ? Ta, My
  • Terry 11/27/2017

    My, Hello again. I do not know how to do what you are asking. The Medion notebook is not built by American Megatrends. We only provide the BIOS/UEFI firmware for it. I am not sure who the actual OEM or ODM is for that laptop. You can try check to see if Microstar (MSI) is the actual producer. I hope this information is helpful. Terry
  • Evgeniy 12/08/2017

    Hello, i have a notebook Samsung NP355V5C-S0GRU. System not load. Bios has a password. I don't know this password. Problem message: system disabled [ 542DB5228DF122F536 ]. Please help me.
  • Terry 12/08/2017

    American Megatrends does not store or have backdoor passwords for our AptioV UEFI firmware. You will need to visit the OEM's website directly. In the case of Samsung, please visit the following Samsung Support site to recover your password.
  • Bruce 01/09/2018

    I'm working on an American Megatrends mobo with an i7 & 16gb ram. Does your desktop motherboards support a quick boot option? I own an older American Megatrends mobo an I can press either the f8 or f10, I can't remember which, during bootup and I'm presented with a one time boot option. IE, DVD, USB, Network, ect... Is this option still available? Thanks, Bruce
  • Terry 01/09/2018

    Bruce, Thank you for your comment. American Megatrends no longer manufactures motherboards. We create the BIOS and UEFI firmware for motherboards and server boards. The manufacturers of these boards turn on/off these features as they see fit. It is my understanding that the boot option is still available. For example, some boards use the key upon boot up. However, if the boot option key is not available on the board you purchase (or want to purchase), you can always set the boot priority in BIOS or UEFI setup. I hope this answer points you in the right direction.
  • Camilo Montaño 02/20/2018

    My bios is a OEM (Asus) Version, I wanna enable "Chipset" tab with your Utility (AMIBCP) for Aptio V, but, that Tab isn't enabled from anymore way, changing Access into "Extended User" and "Supervisor", and, doesn't work too. Some solve for this?
  • Terry 02/20/2018

    Hello and thank you for your comment.
    ASUS controls their own BIOS image and all options. You will need to contact them for any changes and modifications you wish to make.
    AMIBCP is an AMI utility that is not made publicly available. It requires an AMI license. If you have the AMI BCP utility, please let me know where you got it from.
  • manish 03/18/2018

    Shortcut key in msi g31tm-p21 main board
  • Tanja Krajinovic 03/20/2018

    How can I get in in BIOS as a administrator. When I press Del I get into BIOS but I get "Access level: USER" and I cannot change settings My BIOS AMERICAN MEGATRENDS VERSION 2.15.1236 I have another computer from same vendor/serie but there I get Access level Administrator. Please help me . How can I come in BIOS as a administrator
  • jrmtz 04/29/2018

    Hi there, I'm trying to enable XMP for my RAM on a new Gigabyte 15x V8, but I cannot find that setting in the BIOS. Is there something I'm missing? Thank you.
  • Toshiba satelite 05/01/2018

    Neviem sa dostat do biosu len vipisuje american megatrend pomož te mi prosim vdaka
  • AMI Marketing 05/01/2018

    jrmtz: Gigabyte controls their own BIOS image and all options. You will need to contact them for any changes and modifications you wish to make.
  • juan retamal 05/02/2018

    pci network card is disabled and i do not know how to leave it always enabled
  • Darmawan efendi 05/03/2018

    Hi terry. Iam is the beginner, could you please help me how to quite American Mega trends from my noot book asus!
  • Tom 05/17/2018

    Is there a way to move the selection left/right *without a keyboard?* I have a touch-screen tablet with Aptio 4 BIOS (no touch screen support.) I can get into BIOS by holding Vol-Up & Power during startup, but once I'm there, all I can do is move up/down the first page (using the volume rocker. "Power" acts as Enter.) W/o the ability to change menus, I can't do anything. I have no USB support and need to reset my settings.
  • Anonymous 06/01/2018

    Tom, I do not think so. You may need to set up a Bluetooth Keyboard. Before you do that, you need to check to see if the device supports Bluetooth Keyboards during boot up to get into the BIOS.
  • Aj 06/04/2018

    Hi, how would you go about if you hadn't saved a flash from previous Windows?? I'm stuck with a wiped HHD after a couple unsuccessful Linux partitions..Currently bios memory is 4096 MB. Me:Aspire Z3770 v.1.06 BIOS: American Megatrend v. P03-A2
  • aj 06/04/2018

    Hi, is there a way to change UEFI to Legacy? Me: Bios P03-A2
  • JB Toby 07/20/2018

    When I enable an admin password I have trouble entering BIOS with F2, it often ignores F2 and goes to windows. When I disable the Password it does not do this. What could be going on here. BIOS v5.0.0.12 R14.0 aptio fujitsu setup, 2.18.263
  • Terry 07/31/2018

    Diego, contact the motherboard manufacturer. They must have a different setting or you are locked out.
  • Sam 08/07/2018

    Does AMI still provide an option to boot via legacy BIOS?
  • Jim Sornig 08/14/2018

    Hello, I have a Wintel PC with the UEFI 5.011 Core Build. I am looking for the option to allow the computer to come back on after power loss. This option is not made available to me. Is there a BIOS I can upgrade to, to get this option available. I have older UEFI Bios 4.xx and this option is available. Thank you Jim
  • Andy Fitz 09/03/2018

    I have a Wintel Mini PC with uefi 2.4 pi 1.3. It seems, thet there is no possibility to start the PC by switching the power on (restart after power loss). Do I miss something, or ist it possible to update to a UEFI version whicj gives me that feature? Thank you, Andy
  • Abedin 09/13/2018

    Hi Terry, I m using an old system with AMI BIOS 586 motherboard. Since the Dallas real-time CMOS battery was gone, I need to put new battery in CMOS. However, the origiansl harddisk WD cavier 4.3gb was also gone. So when I tried to add new hard drive(20gb) with the motherboard it was show in BIOS but did not proceed advance to enter setup for window ..any suggestions bro ..
  • Terry 09/14/2018

    Abedin, If memory serves, the Dallas RTCs were phased out around 1999. I remember in 2004, I went looking for a replacement Dallas-style RTC. I found a LION CR 2302 coin cell replacement with RTC on a small PCB hack, but I think those don't exist anymore either. About the Hard drive and from what you're telling me, I do not think you'll be able to use a 20 GB drive on it. If you can, you can see if a manual still exists online for your board.
  • Jeff 09/26/2018

    I'm trying to save and exit the BIOS using F4 (MAC OS + MAC terminal TERM type = ansi). The BIOS responds by asking "Quit without saving" I select no, and I'm dropped back in the main menu. What key do I hit to save my changes and exit the BIOS setup? Thanks, Jeff
  • Josd Voo 10/02/2018

    Hi, guys. I need to configure my bios to enable conection to an external usb adapter card. Does anyone of you have this information? I appreciate any help. Josd Voo
  • David 10/24/2018

    I'm not sure about what happened. I tried to download a new operating system, but after finishing the installation, he directed me to restart. So! The only thing that comes out is the message "Reboot and select proper ..."
  • Troy 10/27/2018

    How do I set it to always use the AMI Boot Manager? Reason I ask is I want to run multiple OSes but not use their boot manager--I would like my PC to pop up and always show the drives where I can then select the drive and run it. I do not always hot the F12 button in time to do it myself.
  • Nandiman 11/01/2018

    I have the same problem as Tanja Krajinovic, have 2 devices, one has access level administrator, the other access level user, and the latter has many advanced options disabled and I do not know how to change it to administrator.
  • RAUF 11/28/2018

    HEY i need to know how to change boot option from ufi to legacy in American Megatrends 2016 kindly help out me plz thanks
  • Anonymous 12/03/2018

    I’m trying to help fix one of the laptops of a friend and it comes up that a configuration change was requested to clear the computers TPM and the options are to press F12 to clear the TPM or press ESC to reject change request. I try to use any options but it seems like the keyboard is not working but the on/off button is working. Nothing on the internet is helping and I prefer not to go to someone until it isn’t possible for me to do myself
  • Anonymous 12/04/2018

    I am not finding Virtualization option on Bios
  • Cassio 12/04/2018

    Good night, I have a problem, in the bios menu does not show the advanced option, only "Main, Security, Boot, Save & Exit" how do I enable? my version is 2.18.1263

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