BIOS is a very important component when it comes to computers, as it stores the most important settings related to the hardware that is installed. BIOS, in most of the cases, contains a menu where you can make the general settings like the clock and date settings, and hard drive detection settings, another menu that contains the advanced options of each component, and a menu for power settings. Besides these, you can reset the whole configuration to factory settings within the BIOS, and you can set a password for your computer.
Usually, when buying a new HP laptop, you might need to access the BIOS for several reasons. First of all, you might want to check out the hardware configuration, as BIOS never lies when it comes to components. Another reason you might want to enter the BIOS menu is because you intend on installing an operating system and you want to set the boot order of the devices to a correct order. The last wide-spread reason for which people access the BIOS on a new laptop is because they want to make sure that all components are enabled before installing the drivers for each one.
If you just bought a HP laptop, you might not know how to enter the BIOS menu. You just have to press the right key when the splash screen of the laptop appears and this should access the BIOS menu. In most of the cases, the key which you have to press is displayed on the bottom of the screen next to the message “Setup Menu”.
This key varies from one model to another but I am going to mention a few of the more used keys when it comes to HP laptops. The actual key, or key combination depends on the BIOS’s manufacturer, that’s why it’s good to know what type of BIOS you have. If you cannot see BIOS information, you have to press the Esc key of your laptop and this should show you all the information regarding your BIOS and your laptop computer. The most used keys for accessing the BIOS of an HP laptop are F1, F2, F10 and in some rare cases Esc. These are only a guideline because any other key or key combination could do the trick, and as I’ve mentioned before, the best way to be sure is by taking a good look at the welcome screen.11