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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - BIOS Setup Utility Information and Menu Options

This information applies to HP and Compaq desktop computers.
This document contains information on what the BIOS program is and how to use the BIOS Setup utility.
Your computer includes a BIOS Setup utility for changing important computer settings. This document does not define specific default BIOS settings because too many differences exist between computer models. This document includes typical examples. Your system might be different.
Finding the BIOS version
Use the following steps to find the BIOS version for your computer:
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  1. Turn off the computer and wait five seconds.
  2. Turn on the computer and immediately press the F10 key repeatedly until a BIOS Setup screen opens.
    If nothing happens, press the F1 key repeatedly.
  3. In the BIOS Setup utility, do one of the following:
    • On the Main tab, find the BIOS version.
      Figure : Finding the version for BIOS version 6 or less
      Finding the BIOS version
    • On the File tab, use the down arrow to select System Information, and then press Enter.
      Figure : Finding the BIOS version
      Finding the BIOS version
      On the System Information screen, find the BIOS version.
      Figure : Finding the version for BIOS version 7 or greater
      Finding the BIOS version

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