How Do I Access the BIOS Setup on an Inspiron?

by Thomas King
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Every brand of computer, including Dell's Inspiron line, features a Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) that manages and performs various start-up functions before Windows boots. You may need to access your computer's BIOS for a number of reasons, including to change the boot sequence, the system date, the system security settings, the power management options. You also can monitor the temperature of your processor, motherboard and hard drives in your Inspiron through the BIOS menu.

Step 1

Turn on your computer.

Step 2

Press "F2" during boot when the "DELL" logo appears.

Press "Fn"+"F1" after the computer has powered on if "F2" does not work. The BIOS menu will display with a list of options.


  • When your Inspiron boots, look for the "Press F2 for Setup" message to know when to press the "F2" key to access the BIOS. These instructions usually appear at the bottom of the screen immediately after you turn on your computer.


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About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.

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