Your PC’s Setup Program

You might never need to run or access your PC’s Setup program, but it’s good to know how to get there, regardless. You use the Setup program, for example, when adding more memory to the computer, updating some types of hardware, or disabling chipset features. Keep these points in mind regarding the Setup program:

  • Common keys to press for getting into the PC Setup program include Del or Delete, F1, F2, F10, F11, and the spacebar.

  • The Setup program is part of your computer’s hardware. It’s not part of Windows.

  • The Setup program might also be known as the BIOS Setup utility.

  • One feature of the Setup program is that you can apply a system password for your computer. Only use this feature if you’re confident that you can remember the password and store it where you can find it. Unlike with other passwords, if you forget the system password, it’s very difficult to access your PC.