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      How to enter BIOS setup Utility - Windows 8/8.1

      Symptom

      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.

      Solution

      Method 1: How to enter Bios during boot

      Recommended way to enter BIOS for Think Series

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

      It is also possible to access these features from within Windows 8/8.1.

      Windows 8

      To enter Setup Utility:

      1. Open the Charm Bar by pressing Windows Key-C
      2. Click on Settings
      3. Click on Change PC Settings
      4. Click on General
      5. Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup -> Restart Now
      6. Click on Troubleshoot
      7. Click on Advanced Options
      8. Click on UEFI Firmware Settings
      9. Click on Restart

      To access the Boot Menu:

      1. Open the Charm Bar by pressing Windows Key-C
      2. Click on Settings
      3. Click on Change PC Settings
      4. Click on General
      5. Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup -> Restart Now
      6. Click on Use A Device
      7. Click on Boot Menu

      Windows 8.1

      To enter Setup Utility:

      1. Open the Charm Bar by pressing Windows Key-C
      2. Click on Settings
      3. Click on Change PC Settings
      4. Click on Update and Recovery -> Recovery
      5. Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup -> Restart Now
      6. Click on Troubleshoot
      7. Click on Advanced Options
      8. Click on UEFI Firmware Settings
      9. Click on Restart

      To access the Boot Menu:

      1. Open the Charm Bar by pressing Windows Key-C
      2. Click on Settings
      3. Click on Change PC Settings
      4. Click on Update and Recovery -> Recovery
      5. Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup -> Restart Now
      6. Click on Use A Device
      7. Click on Boot Menu

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      • Alias ID: SF13-T0025
      • Document ID: HT076906
      • Last Updated :17 Jun 2016
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