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How to Access BIOS or Boot Menu using Windows 10 Recovery Advanced Startup

Problem: Windows 8/8.1/10 shutdown is hybrid shutdown where contents of memory are saved to disk to achieve faster startup. However, turning on the PC after a hybrid shutdown does not allow for pressing F1 or F12 during startup to enter BIOS because Windows boot up too quickly to listen for a key press at startup. Follow below steps in order to access BIOS on Windows 10 PC.

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Content Summary

Solution 1: Enter BIOS Setup Utility
Solution 2: Access Boot Menu
Solution 3: Shift key with Shutdown
Solution 4: Restart
Solution 5: Disable Fast Startup
Reference

Solution 1: Enter BIOS Setup Utility

Step 1: Go to Settings > Change PC Settings > General.

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup, then Restart Now button.

Step 3: Click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart.

Solution 2: Access Boot Menu

Step 1: Go to Settings > Change PC Settings > General.

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup, then Restart Now button.

Step 3: Click on Use A Device > Boot Menu.

Solution 3: Shift key with Shutdown

Step 1: Press and hold Shift key while selecting Shutdown option in Windows 8. This will make the PC perform a full shutdown instead of a hybrid shutdown.

Step 2: F1 or F12 can be pressed successfully during startup.

Solution 4: Restart

Step 1: Select Restart instead of Shutdown.

Step 2: F1 or F12 can be pressed successfully during startup.

Solution 5: Disable Fast Startup

Step 1: Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options.

Step 2: Disable fast startup option in power buttons.

Reference

Lenovo Blog: How to Enter the BIOS Setup Utility or Boot Menu with Windows 8.1 | Support Tips

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