How to get into the BIOS menu on a Windows 10 computer.

When you select Shut down on a Windows 10 computer, your machine is really not shut down. When you turn the computer on again it executes a fast start, so you cannot open the BIOS menu.

Manufacturer Keyboard button
ASUS mother boards Del
  • Keep the keyboard button pressed and turn on the computer.

ASUS motherboard does not boot after BIOS update

The motherboard BIOS update can cause problems, it is possible that after the update the computer does not boot anymore.

The ASUS motherboards come with the USB BIOS Flashback feature to load the BIOS even if the computer does not boot anymore.

The process below is for the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT motherboard, but all modern ASUS motherboards provide the same functionality.

Before BIOS update make sure you load the optimized BIOS configuration, otherwise after the BIOS update the computer may not boot anymore

Load the optimized BIOS configuration before the BIOS update

  • Restart the computer,
  • During the startup press the Del button to enter the BIOS setup,
  • Press F5 to load the optimized configuration,
  • Press F10 to save the changes and exit.

To reload the BIOS after a failed update

To fix a corrupted BIOS, you need access to a working computer that is connected to the Internet and a USB stick (pen drive) that is formatted with the FAT file system. Older motherboards cannot read the NTFS file system during the BIOS Flashback process.

Download the “Bios Renamer for USB BIOS Flashback” utility

  • On the asus.com web site select Support in the menu,
  • Select Consumer,
  • In the search box enter the model of your motherboard,
  • In the sub-menu of the product page select Support,
  • Click Driver & Tools,
  • In the Please select OS drop down menu select Others,
  • In the BIOS-Utilities section download the Bios Renamer for USB BIOS Flashback.

Download the BIOS for your motherboard

  • In the Please select OS drop down menu select the operating system you use,
  • In the BIOS section download the latest BIOS file.

Rename the downloaded BIOS file

The USB BIOS Flashback searches for a specific file on the USB device that you insert into the BIOS FlashBack USB port (marked with green border). The Bios Renamer for USB BIOS Flashback utility will rename the downloaded BIOS file to the correct name for your mother board

  • Create a folder for the BIOS file,
  • Extract the BIOS file from the downloaded BIOS zip file and place it in the folder,
  • Extract the BRenamerl.exe utility from the zip file and place it in the same folder,
  • Double click the BRenamerl.exe file to execute it. The program will rename the BIOS file, so the Flashback utility can find it.
  • Copy the renamed file to the FAT formatted USB stick.

The BIOS file names

Motherboard model BIOS file name
P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT Z77VPTB.CAP

Flash the BIOS of the unresponsive ASUS motherboard

  • Turn off the computer,
  • Open the computer case to get access to the component side of the motherboard,
  • Insert the USB stick into the green framed USB Flashback port,
  • Plug the computer into the wall outlet,
  • If the power supply has a switch, turn it on, but do not start the computer,
  • Keep the BIOS Flashback button pressed on the motherboard for 3 seconds,
    • If the BIOS Flachback LED keeps blinking, the update starts. When the LED goes dark, the update has completed.
    • If the BIOS Flachback LED blinks a few more times and stays lit, the USB drive is not inserted to the correct port, not readable, the BIOS file name is not correct, or the file is corrupted. Turn on the computer for a few seconds to clear the BIOS Flashback LED light.
  • If the BIOS Flashback light goes out in a few minutes, the BIOS flashback has succeeded.

Load the optimized BIOS configuration as described at the top of this post.

How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop

My friend just bought a new Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop with Windows 8 on it. She was not sure if her special statistical programs will run on Windows 8, so she asked me to remove Windows 8 and install her copy of Windows 7  64 bit on it. As it turned out the Lenovo laptop arrived with UEFI boot turned on and it did not accept the original Windows 7 64 bit DVD as a boot device. The solution is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop
  • Press the small “Novo” button next to the power button to turn on the computer and display the Novo Button Menu
  • In the Novo Button Menu select BIOS Setup and press Enter

Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Boot Mode option and select Legacy Support
  • Select Boot Priority, press enter and select Legacy First

Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically restart into Windows 8

  • Keep the power button pressed to shut it down

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Start the computer with the “Novo” button
  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • In the Novo Button Menu select Boot Menu and press Enter
  • In the Boot menu select 2. ATAPI CD… and press Enter

Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7