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      How to enter BIOS setup Utility for Windows 8/8.1 - Think


      After shutting down the Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 PC and turning the system back on, it is not possible to enter BIOS Setup (by pressing F1) or the Boot Menu (by pressing F12).

      Affected Brands

      The above symptom is associated with, but not limited to, the following systems:

      • ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation

      Affected Systems

      • All models with Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 preload.

      System is configured with:

      • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1.

      Operating Systems

      • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1

      Additional Information

      By default, a Windows 8/8.1 shutdown is not a real shutdown. Instead, it is hybrid shutdown where contents of memory are saved to disk. This allows for a faster startup. However, turning on the PC after a hybrid shutdown does not allow for pressing F1 or F12 during startup.


      Method 1: How to enter Bios during boot

      Method 2: How to enter Bios after booted into Operating System

      If the issue faced remains unresolved, please visit the Related Articles for assistance.


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      • Alias ID: SF13-T0025
      • Document ID: HT076906
      • Last Updated :29 Sep 2016
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