How to Access BIOS on an HP Laptop

By C.D. Crowder

Updated February 09, 2017

Access the Basic Input Output System, better known as BIOS, on an HP laptop for advanced system settings. One of the most commonly changed BIOS settings on an HP laptop is the boot order, such as booting from a CD or USB device first. Diagnostics are also available in the HP laptop BIOS to help troubleshoot power, memory and hard drive problems. The BIOS can also be used to view installed and recognized memory, multiple hard drives and processors.

Turn off your HP laptop. Leave the laptop connected to a power source.

Press the power button on the HP laptop to restart it.

Press and hold the “F10” key as soon as the boot process begins. If the Windows loading screen appears, allow your system to finish booting and restart again.

Release the “F10” key as soon as the BIOS menu screen appears.

Use the on-screen instructions on the HP laptop BIOS menu screen to navigate, change settings and save settings.

Restart your HP laptop after saving BIOS setting changes.


If you make changes to your HP laptop BIOS and want to revert back to the default settings, press “F9” while in the BIOS setup menu to set the BIOS back to factory defaults.