One of the requirements to install Windows 11 is to have TPM and secure boot activated, a good decision on the part of Microsoft to improve the security of the operating system. Something very positive is that the vast majority of computers today come with the TPM chip. So we just have to enter BIOS or UEFI in Windows 11 to enable TPM or secure boot; In this way we can avoid the problem of this PC can’t run Windows 11 that many suffered from long ago.
Enter BIOS in Windows 11 using a specific key
Every computer, both desktop and laptop, comes with the ability to enter the BIOS during startup with a specific key. In this section, we are going to present a compilation of the keys that each manufacturer assigns to be able to enter the BIOS.
Key to enter the BIOS for laptops
- HP: F10 or Esc
- Dell: F2 or F12
- Acer: F2 or DEL
- Lenovo: F2 or Fn + F2
- Sony: F1, F2 or F3
- Xiaomi — F9 or F12
BIOS key for desktop motherboards
- Asus: F2 or DEL
At what point should we press this key?
Basically, what we will have to do is completely turn off our computer. After waiting a few seconds we understand it again and immediately begin to repeatedly press the specific key depending on the manufacturer of our computer or laptop. This will directly open the BIOS of the computer.
Enter Windows 11 BIOS from system setup
It is not the only way we have to quickly access the BIOS, we can also do it from the Settings. To achieve this we are going to start by pressing Windows + I to be able to enter the configuration.
After this we will have to go to System in the left sidebar and open the “Recovery” section in the right panel.
We are going to click on “Restart now” that is on the right side of “Advanced startup”; If a pop-up will appear, we will confirm the selection and click on “Restart now”.
After restarting, we will be in the advanced options screen, we will click on “Troubleshoot” and we will go to “Advanced options”.
Here we are going to have to choose “UEFI Firmware Settings” and then “Reboot”. Once the reboot is complete, we will enter the PC’s BIOS or EUFI setup page.
Login from Command Prompt
We will press the Windows key and we will type “cmd” to open a command prompt. No need to run it as administrator.
In the CMD window, we are going to have to copy and paste the following command. Something that we must consider before continuing is that this command will instantly restart the computer, so we will have to save everything that we have open before executing it.
shutdown /r /o /f /t 00
After the computer restarts, the same advanced options screen that we saw in the previous section opens. From here, we will have to go to Troubleshooting> Advanced Options> UEFI Firmware Settings> Restart.