Boot Menu Option Keys For All Computers and Laptops | [Updated List 2021] | Techofide

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In this blog, I have tried to cover boot menu option keys for all computers and laptops that are very useful especially, when operating system installation is required. Most people are aware that every computer company provide different boot menu keys for their computers and laptops. We will also cover what is BIOS, what is boot menu, boot sequence vs boot menu and how to get to boot menu. 

What is BIOS?

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is a chip that is embedded into your system's motherboard. The primary purpose of the BIOS is to load the basic computer hardware during the booting process i.e, it is responsible for booting up your system. So BIOS run a test which is POST (Power-On Self-Test) that checks the computer meets requirements to boot up properly or not. If the computer fails to pass the power-on self-test (POST), you might hear some beep sounds which indicates the malfunctioning in the computer and your system will not start. See BIOS image below for more reference,

Boot Menu Option Keys For All Computers and Laptops

What is Boot Menu?

A menu that is accessible during the computer starts up process is known as a boot menu. It provides a privilege to the user's that they can load and install the new operating system on their machines. It consists of various device options to boot, including CD/DVD, USB drive, hard drives, and a LAN (Local Area Network). Check the below image of the boot menu for more reference.

What Is Boot Menu

Boot Sequence vs Boot Menu

Most people are confused about the boot sequence when they trying to understand BIOS and the boot menu. In simple words, the boot menu required a user to input before booting up the device but the boot sequence is a pre-defined sequence in the BIOS setting that runs automatically when the user does not provide any input so that it can boot up your system with the priority device in the sequence. So if you do not press any boot menu option key like F1, F12 on the boot time of the system, then the boot sequence automatically triggers the first available device of the pre-defined sequence. You can change the sequence inside the BIOS options.

How to Get to Boot Menu?

At the point when a computer is starting up, you can get to the Boot Menu by pressing some keys. The keys that are generally used to open the Boot Menu are Esc, F2, F10 or F12, which relies on the companies of the computers or motherboards. To know which key works for your system you can take a look at the below-mentioned table where I list the boot option keys for all computers and laptops with the BIOS option.

Boot Menu Option Keys for All Computers and Laptops

Below is a list of PC brands with their corresponding hotkeys for the boot menu and BIOS option.

Computer Manufacturer   

Type

Model

Boot Menu Key   

BIOS Key

ACER SERIES

 

 

 

 

ACER

   

Esc, F12, F9

Del, F2

ACER

netbook

AspireOne, Aspire Timeline

F12

F2

ACER

netbook

Aspire v3, v5, v7

F12

F2

ASUS SERIES

       

ASUS

desktop

 

F8

F9

ASUS

laptop

 

Esc

F2, F9

ASUS

laptop

R503C

F8

F2, DEL

ASUS

netbook

Eee PC 1025c

Esc

F2

COMPAQ

 

 

 

 

COMPAQ

 

Presario

Esc, F9

F10

DELL SERIES

 

 

 

 

DELL

desktop

Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude

F12

F2

DELL

desktop

Inspiron One 2020, 2305, 2320, 2330 All-In-One

F12

F2

DELL

laptop

Inspiron

F12

F2

DELL

laptop

Precision

F12

F12

HP SERIES

 

 

 

 

HP

generic

 

Esc, F9

Esc, F10, F1

HP

desktop

Media Center

Esc

F10

HP

desktop

Pavilion 23 All In One

Esc

F10

HP

desktop

Pavilion g6 and g7

Esc

F10

HP

desktop

Pavilion HPE PC, h8-1287c

Esc

Esc F10

HP

desktop

Pavilion PC, p6 2317c

Esc

Esc F10

HP

desktop

Pavilion PC, p7 1297cb

Esc

Esc F10

HP

desktop

TouchSmart 520 PC

Esc

Esc F10

HP

laptop

2000

Esc

Esc

HP

notebook

Pavilion

Esc

F10

HP

notebook

ENVY dv6 and dv7 PC

Esc

Esc

LENOVO SERIES

 

 

 

 

LENOVO

desktop

 

F12, F8, F10

F1, F2

LENOVO

laptop

 

F12

F1, F2

LENOVO

laptop

IdeaPad P500

F12 or Fn + F11

F2

SAMSUNG SERIES

 

 

 

 

SAMSUNG

   

F12, Esc

 

SAMSUNG

netbook

NC10

Esc

F2

SAMSUNG

ultrabook

Series 5 Ultra and Series 7 Chronos

Esc

F2

SONY SERIES

 

 

 

 

SONY

 

VAIO, PCG, VGN

F11, ASSIST

F1, F2, F3

SONY

 

VGN Esc

F10, ASSIST

F2

TOSHIBA SERIES

 

 

 

 

TOSHIBA

 

Protege, Satellite, Tecra

F12

F1, Esc

TOSHIBA

 

Equium F12

F12

F12

MOTHERBOARDS

 

 

 

 

ASUS

 

 

F8

Del

GIGABYTE

 

 

F12

Del

MSI

 

 

F11

Del

INTEL

 

 

F10

F2

ASROCK

 

 

F11

F2, Del

EVGA

 

 

F7

Del

OTHER MANUFACTURERS

 

 

 

 

XIAOMI

Notebook

MI Notebook Air

Fn +F2 (Choose Boot Menu)

Fn +F2 (Choose BIOS Setup)

PANASONIC

 

Toughbook

F2 (go to the exit and then choose boot order)

F2, Del

NEC

 

 

F5

F2

PACKARD BELL

 

 

F8

F1, Del

eMCHINES

 

 

F12

Tab, Del

FUJITSU

 

 

F12

F2

GATEWAY

 

 

F11, Esc, F10

F2, Del

iBALL

i360

CompBook

F9 (Choose your media under boot option)

Del

HUAWEI

 

Matebook

F2

F12

SHARP

    F9

F2

 

In this article, I have tried to cover the boot menu option keys for all computers and laptops with BIOS options. If you feel I have missed any of the manufacturer's keys, you can freely contact me or mention them in a comment below so I can add them to the above list. I hope you found this article helpful.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q1. How do I enable the f12 boot menu key?

Ans. To enable the f12 boot menu key, open the BIOS option by pressing BIOS key according to your system (BIOS Keys varies system to system, so if you don't know which one is for your computer you can check the list by clicking on "how to get to boot menu"). When BIOS Setup is launched then [ENABLE]  f12 Boot Menu under Main section. Now press F10 to save and exit from BIOS. Check image for more refrence

Boot Menu Option Keys For All Computers and Laptops | [Updated List 2021]

Q2. How do i get to the boot menu in Windows?

Ans. It depends on company or manufacturer of your computer. If you want to open boot menu for your system you can check find your computer manufacturer by clicking on ""how to get to boot menu". Boot menu keys are dedicated to systems not to Operating system like Windows or Linux.

Q3. How do I get out of boot menu?

Ans.  It is very simple just press "ESC" Key from your keyboard and if it asks "Yes" or "No" just go with "Yes" .

Q4. How do I boot from usb from bios?

Ans. To boot from USB you just need to restart your system and when it starting up then just press your boot menu key. Now you will see a popup box will appear, now at that point you can select your device and then press Enter key. Don't know boot menu key for your system click on "how to get to boot menu".

Q5. Which key is for boot menu?

Ans.  It varies system to system and totally depend on you computer manufacturer. It can be Esc, F12, F11, F10,Del. Don't know boot menu key for your system click on "how to get to boot menu".

 

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