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How to Fix a Laptop that Keeps Booting into BIOS?

Why does my laptop Keep booting into BIOS?

The main reason why your laptop keeps booting into BIOS is because of incorrect boot order, faulty keys or unstable BIOS settings.


Possible Causes:

  • Peripheral and external devices
  • Faulty keys
  • Unstable BIOS settings
  • Boot device not found


An incorrect boot order

This problem is common and occurs when the computer boots from a wrong/incorrect source. It could be due to a dead hard drive, a faulty cable, or a damaged SATA slot. Another reason for this problem is that the BIOS is not attached, which cannot detect the boot disk. Some internal issues that may cause an incorrect boot order are corrupted master boot record, incorrect boot sequence, or corrupted boot files.


Peripheral and external devices

Several peripheral and external devices will work perfectly well on one computer but won’t give optimal performance when connected to other devices. If your laptop is booting into BIOS, you should disconnect the external devices that you installed recently and attach another one – preferably the older one.


Faulty keys

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have designated keys that directly send the system to the BIOS when pressed. If there is dust in the keys or those keys are stuck, they will involuntarily send the system to the BIOS. Check your keys before you decide to get the system fixed/checked.


Unstable BIOS settings

Users who have recently changed BIOS settings may experience the problem of their laptop entering into BIOS without any command from the users. It indicates that you have unstable BIOS settings. Resetting the BIOS is a good solution to this issue, which has the potential to ruin your overall experience.


Boot device not found

The boot device not found error occurs when your laptop’s hard disk cannot process the system boot. It happens when the Windows operating system (OS) cannot find a bootable device. Prompt actions can easily resolve the problem.


Laptop booting into BIOS


How do I fix a laptop that keeps booting into the BIOS?

To fix a laptop that keeps booting into the BIOS, disable fast boot, run the Windows repair tool or reset your BIOS.

Disable Fast Boot [Method 1]

  1. Go to the BIOS.
  2. Choose the Advanced option.
  3. Select Boot.
  4. Disable “Fast Boot.”
  5. Save Changes.
  6. Restart the system.
  7. Now set the HDD as the primary booting device.
  8. Save Changes.
  9. Confirm the changes made.


Run the Windows Repair Tool [Method 2]

  1. Connect a flash drive to the PC.
  2. Set it as the Primary Boot Drive.
  3. Restart the PC.
  4. Wait for the bootable device to load.
  5. Once loading is done, select the Run Windows Repair button.
  6. Follow on-screen instructions.


Reset BIOS [Method 3]

  1. Turn off the system.
  2. Plug out the power cable.
  3. Take out the CMOS battery.
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. The system will now boot into Windows.
  6. The password set for the BIOS will also be removed.


Check Boot Order [Method 4]

  1. Press the post-screen key; it will allow you to access the BIOS.
  2. Select Startup.
  3. Your boot disk will be on the top of the boot sequence list.
  4. You should move it to the top
  5. if it is not in the first position.
  6. Save the changes.
  7. Restart the system.


Disable Legacy Boot [Method 5]

  1. Restart the system.
  2. Go into the BIOS.
  3. Boot the BIOS in legacy mode.
  4. If it’s turned off, you should enable it; if it’s already enabled, you should disable it.
  5. Save the updates.
  6. Exit the BIOS.
  7. The system should now restart.


Fix Boot Files [Method 6]

  1. Insert boot media into the CD/DVD drive.
  2. Place the startup repair disk in the drive.
  3. Start it.
  4. Give the command to the BIOS to boot from the disk.
  5. Choose “Fix your device” instead of Install now.
  6. Open the Command prompt.
  7. Legacy BIOS users should type bootrec/fixmbr, press Enter; bootrec/fixboot, press Enter; and bootrec/rebuildBCD, press Enter.
  8. UEFI users may type bcdboot C: windows (and the letter which corresponds to your hard disk)


Why does my computer boot into BIOS instead of Windows?

The reason why your computer is booting into BIOS is because of hardware damage, recently changed hardware or improper hardware connections. You will need a disk management tool to fix the issue.

The most commonly used tool is EaseUS Partition Master. Download it, and now follow these methods to fix the problem:


Fix And Rebuild Damaged Master Boot Record (MBR) [Method 1]

  1. Create a WinPE bootable disk.
  2. Open EaseUS Partition Master.
  3. Choose the disk you want to check.
  4. Click “Advanced.”
  5. Then click “Surface Test.”
  6. All bad components will be marked red.
  7. Launch EaseUS Partition Master again.
  8. Choose the WinPE Creator option.
  9. Create the bootable disk on a USB drive – this step can be done on CD/DVD.
  10. Select Proceed.
  11. Connect the USB or CD/DVD to the system.
  12. Restart the computer and enter either the Del or F2 keys.
  13. It will take you to the BIOS.
  14. Boot the system from “Removable Devices.”
  15. EaseUS Partition Master will run now.
  16. Click on the disk whose MBR is changed.
  17. Select the Rebuild MBR option.
  18. Select the type which goes with the operating system.
  19. Tap OK.
  20. Choose Execute Operation.
  21. Click Apply.


Reset Hard Drive [Method 2]

  1. Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds.
  2. This step will turn off the computer.
  3. Unplug the power cord.
  4. Disconnect the hard drive.
  5. Reconnect it.
  6. Carefully close down the case of the computer.
  7. Restart it.


Important Note: When you are disconnecting the hard drive, ensure that your hands are dry. Also, let the system drain out completely before you open the case.

The surface where you keep the system should be clean to reduce the possibility of dust or water droplets going into the system’s motherboard, creating more issues.


How to stop a computer from booting into BIOS Windows 10 startup?

To stop a computer from booting into BIOS Windows 10 startup, take a look at the CMOS battery, take out all external devices (peripheral devices) or boot the system.


The reason your computer is booting into BIOS Windows 10 startup is because of the system’s incompatibility with the newly installed hardware. It could be possible that you slightly moved your system, which led to this problem.


To fix the problem:

  • Turn off the system
  • Unplug all the plugs and cables
  • Press and hold the Power button for 10-15 seconds; this process will completely discharge the computer
  • Plug in everything back
  • Check the resolution


Move The BCD Store [Method 1]

  1. Go to the BCD Backup/Repair tab.
  2. In the dropdown menu from the BCD Management Options option, tap Change boot drive.Tap Perform Action.
  3. Go to the Select New Partition window.
  4. Ensure that the new boot drive is set to C: – or the drive in which Windows is installed.
  5. Choose OK.


Disable Fast Boot [Method 2]

  1. Select the BIOS utility.
  2. Choose Advanced.
  3. Select Boot.
  4. Disable Fast Boot.
  5. Save changes.
  6. Restart the system.
  7. Set the HDD as the primary booting device.
  8. Confirm the changes made.


How to stop a computer booting into BIOS Windows 11 startup?

To stop a computer booting into BIOS Windows 11 startup, press the F10 key to exit the BIOS setup utility. Then save changes and exit.


Step by step:


  • Press the F10 key
  • It will help exit the BIOS setup utility
  • In the Setup Confirmation dialog box, press the Enter key
  • Save the changes
  • Exit


Reset The BIOS To Default Settings [Method 1]

  1. Go to the BIOS Setup utility.
  2. Choose Accessing BIOS.
  3. Press F9.
  4. It will automatically load the factory default settings.
  5. Go to OK.
  6. Press Enter.
  7. Press F10 to save the changes and exit.


Boot The PC [Method 2]

  1. Press the OEM key to open the menus.
  2. These keys may include any of the following keys: Esc, Delete, F1, F2, F10, F11, or F12.
  3. For users whose Windows is already installed, Select Power ( ).
  4. Hold the Shift key while selecting Restart.


Disable Secure Boot in the BIOS [Method 3]

  1. Turn on the computer.
  2. Press the F2 key to enter BIOS.
  3. Choose the Security tab.
  4. Select the Default Secure boot on option.
  5. Set as Disabled.
  6. Select the Save & Exit tab.
  7. Go to Save Changes.
  8. Select Yes.
  9. Choose the Security option.
  10. Enter Delete All Secure Boot Variables.
  11. Click on Yes.
  12. Select OK to restart.


How do I fix a laptop that is stuck on the BIOS screen?

To fix a laptop that is stuck on the BIOS screen, go to BIOS settings, change the boot order so that the system can boot from a CD/DVD or USB drive, insert the bootable media into the system and reboot the system.


You can also try:


ClearingThe CMOS [Method 2]

  1. Turn off every peripheral device.
  2. Disconnect the system power cord.
  3. Remove the computer case.
  4. Locate the CMOS battery.
  5. Take out the battery.
  6. Wait for at least 5 minutes.
  7. Reinsert the battery.


RebootingIn Safe Mode [Method 3]

  1. Press the Windows + R keys.
  2. Open the Run box.
  3. Type msconfig in the box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Select Boot.
  6. In Boot options, check the box next to Safe boot.
  7. Choose the Minimal option.
  8. Click OK.


Another method of rebooting in Safe Mode is as follows:

  1. Hold the Windows + I keys.
  2. It will open Settings.
  3. Select Update & security.
  4. Choose Recovery.
  5. Go to Advanced startup.
  6. Select the Restart now option.
  7. After the system restarts, it will go to the Choose an option screen.
  8. Go to Troubleshoot.
  9. Select Advanced options.
  10. Now select the Startup Settings tab.
  11. Choose Restart.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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