Desktop Boards — Keyboard prompts during boot process POST

Here’s this list for function keys during POST for Intel boards.

During the boot-up process, before the operating system loads, you can press certain Function keys and Control key combinations to launch different tasks.

Function key or Control key Purpose
F2 Accesses the BIOS Setup program.
F7 Initiates a BIOS update process where the update files are stored on a USB thumb drive. For instructions on this BIOS update method, seeInstructions for F7 BIOS Flash update.
F8 Opens the Windows* boot option menu which allows you to boot into safe mode, enable boot logging, perform restore tasks, and more.
F9 Launches the Remote PC Assist Wizard. This function is only available when the board supports Intel® Remote PC Assist Technology (Intel® RPAT).
F10 Accesses the boot menu and displays all bootable devices to select from.
F12 Allows you to boot to a network; generally used to install an operating system from an image on the network.
Control-I Opens the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology option ROM user interface.  This prompt is available on boards that are configured for and support RAID.
Control-M Opens the Marvell RAID option ROM user interface. This prompt is available on boards that are configured for and support Marvell RAID.
Control-P Opens the Intel® Management Engine (MEBx) Configuration user interface. This prompt is only available on certain boards that support the Intel® Management Engine.

Desktop Boards — Keyboard prompts during boot process POST.

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Nizam Mohamed is a technical architect, specialising in cloud solutions, virtualization and end-user computing. Other technology interests include Enterprise Technologies, Cybersecurity and Enterprise Desktop Management.

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