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System BIOS Boot Keys for Laptops/Desktop PCs

System BIOS Boot Keys for Laptops/Desktop PCs

Here is my list of Laptop and Desktop System Boots Codes for various vendors.  It’s great if you’re a techy like me and you’re trying to remember what code to use for a particular brand or model of computer. Note, not all keys will work as some models have different key combinations to others.


F2 (BIOS Setup) 
ALT + F2 (Boot Device Options) 
F12 (Boot Device Options) 
ALT + F10 (Acer eRecovery) 


ESC (Boot Selection Menu) 
F2 (BIOS Setup) 
F9 (Asus Laptop Recovery) 

Apple (Models 2006+)

Command + Option + P + R (PRAM and NVRAM Reset) 
Command + S (Boot into Single-User Mode) 
Command + V (Boot with Verbose Status) 
Option (Select Hard Drive Boot Volume) 
Option + N (Boot Image from Netboot Server) 
Shift (Boot into Safe Mode) 
C (Boot from CD Drive) 
D (Boot from OS/X Recovery and perform Hardware Test) 
N (Boot from Network) 


CTRL + F11 (Dell™ PC Restore by Symantec) 
F8 (Repair Your Computer) Dell Factory Image Restore 

EI Systems

F10 (System Recovery) 


F2 (BIOS Setup) 
F12 (Boot Menu) 


F11 or R (Gateway Recovery) 

HP / Compaq Desktops

F10 (HP Recovery) 

HP Pavilion / Compaq Laptops

ESC (Startup Menu) 
F1 (System Information) 
F2 (System Diagnostic) 
F9 (Boot Device Options) 
F10 (BIOS Setup) 
F11 (System Recovery) 

IBM ThinkPad

F11 (IBM Product Recovery) 

Intel NUC

F2 (System Setup) 
F7 (BIOS Update) 
F10 (Boot Menu) 

iRULU Walknbook

ESC (Boot Device Options) 


 (Lenovo OneKey Rescue System) 
F2 (BIOS Setup) 

Packard Bell

F11 (Recovery Program) 

Sony Vaio

F10 (VAIO Recovery Wizard) 


0 (zero) (Toshiba Harddrive Recovery Utility) 
F2 (Setup Utility) 
F8 (Advanced Boot Options Menu) 
F12 (Boot Menu)

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