Keys to Enter BIOS and Select Boot Menu

BIOS Setup and Boot Menu Keys
ManufacturerModelLaptop / Desktop BIOS ManufacturerBIOS SetupBoot MenuNote
CompaqSR1900NXDesktop Phoenix - AwardBIOS F1ESCF10 for System Recovery
DellDimension 2400Desktop  F2F12 
DellDimension 4700Desktop  F2F12 
DellInspiron 14 5000 series (M/N: 14-5447)Laptop INSYDE Corporation F2F12You may need to change the UEFI settings to enable use of these keys - see Entering UEFI from a Windows 8 system.
DellInspiron 620sDesktop American Megatrends, Inc. F2F12 
DellLatitude E6530Laptop Dell F12F12When delivered with Windows 7, Boot mode is set to: LEGACY; Secure Boot: OFF
DellPP01LLaptop PhoenixF2 Inspiron 4000
DellInspiron 3847Desktop American Megatrends, Inc. F2F12Dell P/N: 101X8
DellXPS 8900Desktop Dell F2F12Dell M/N: 8900
eMachinesEL1360G-UW12PDesktop Acer, Inc. DelF12 
GatewayW323-UI1Laptop Phoenix F2F10 
GatewaySX2110Desktop Acer, Inc. DelF12To make the boot menu available, hit Del to enter BIOS Setup Utility, then choose Boot Options and change Boot Menu option to Enabled. You will also need to change the Secure Boot option under Authentication to Disabled and then go to Boot Options and change Launch CSM from Never to Always or the only boot option you will see from the Boot Menu will be Windows Boot Manager. After making the changes, hit F10 to save and exit from the BIOS Setup Utility. You will then be able to choose to boot from a CD/DVD or external USB device from the boot menu.
HPdv6 Laptop InsydeH20F10F9ESC for startup menu
HPdv9000Laptop Phoenix F10ESC 
HPe9220yDesktop American Megatrends, Inc. F10ESCHP Pavilion Elite e9220y
Product Number: NY553AA-ABA
BIOS version: 5.02
F11 System Recovery; F9 Diagnostics
HPN5130Laptop Phoenix F2ESC 
SonyVaio Model: PCG-8111LLaptop Phoenix F2 There is no indication of the key to hit when you power on the system. You will need to hit the F2 key immediately when the "Hit <F12> For Network Boot" message appears. If the BIOS menu doesn't come up, try again, as there's only a very brief period where hitting the key is effective.
ToshibaMxxLaptop ToshibaESC F1  Hit Esc. A "Check system. Then press [F1] key." message will appear. Hit F1 to enter the BIOS setup. This procedure applies to Toshiba Satellite Mxx laptops, such as the M45-S355, as well as many other Toshiba laptop models - see FAQ - Toshiba for a list of other models to which this procedure applies.
ToshibaSatellite C655-S5305
P/N: PSC2EU-02Y02H
Laptop ToshibaF2F12 


  1. FAQ - Toshiba
    Toshiba Computer Systems United Kingdom
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  4. Phoenix Technologies
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