How To: Enter the system BIOS from Windows 7

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How To: Enter the system BIOS from Windows 7

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Note: For information on accessing the UEFI settings or BIOS on Windows 8 computers, please see this article.

 

To enter the BIOS from Windows 7, you must first shut down the laptop completely (not suspended, or in standby mode, or in hibernation mode). If an external keyboard is attached to the laptop (either directly or via a docking station or a port-replicator), disconnect it until you have completed this procedure.

 

Use one of the following methods to acess the BIOS.

 

F2 key method

  1. Turn the computer on.
  2. If you see an invitation to press the F2 key to enter Setup, do so.
  3. The Setup screen will appear.

F12 key method

  1. Turn the computer on.
  2. If you see an invitation to press the F12 key, do so.
  3. Boot options will appear along with the ability to enter Setup.
  4. Using the arrow key, scroll down and select <Enter Setup>.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. The Setup screen will appear. 

Toshiba Hardware utility method

The Toshiba Hardware utility (HWSetup) can also be used to change some of the settings if F2 or F12 does not work. This method may be the only way to access the BIOS settings on some laptops.

  1. Select the Start button.
  2. In the search, type in "HWSetup."
  3. In the search returns select HW Setup to open.
  4. Make changes as necessary and select "Apply."
  5. Reboot the computer if not prompted to do so.

If not already installed, the Toshiba Hardware utility can be downloaded from http://support.toshiba.com after clicking "Downloads" and selecting your computer information.

 

Esc key method

Turn the computer on. If you do not see a prompt to press the F2 key, then immediately press and hold the Esc key for three seconds, and then release it. When prompted to, press the F1 key. The Setup screen will appear.

 

Toshiba desktop PCs and servers

Press and hold the F2 key immediately after turning the computer on, during the Power-on Self Test (POST).

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