Solved What are the functions of the F Keys during boot?

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April 8, 2018 at 11:07:14
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium D 925
What are the functions of the F Keys during boot? When having problems I have been give various F-Keys to use upon booting. It would be nice to just have a list of the function of the F-keys for reference. I am using Windows 7 on a desktop computer.

Thanks a bunch, Uncle Dewey

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April 8, 2018 at 13:37:36
Check these links out: there are two versions of what the keys do - depending on which make the computer is, Mac or otherwise...:

https://www.computerhope.com/issues...

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-...


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April 8, 2018 at 14:24:47
Ah yes lots of F-key uses once the computer is up and running. But, not the F-Keys during boot: for instance there is a F-Key that will direct you the BIOS,

Uncle Dewey


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April 8, 2018 at 14:37:45
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" I am using Windows 7 on a desktop computer"

That doesn't tell us a whole heck of a lot. The make/model of the system (or motherboard) are required. All systems are different. Most retail motherboards use the Del key to access the BIOS, but it can be others. OEM boards use a variety of possibilities depending on the OEM, but usually F1, F2, or F10. Tab & Esc are other keys that are used for different things. F5 is often used to bring up the boot menu & F8 will get you into Windows Safe mode, up to & including Win7. Win8/10 use a totally different method.


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#4
April 8, 2018 at 14:52:59
Hi Rider,

That give me a much better perspective. I guess I can do a boot check on each F-key to see what occurs. Thanks for setting me on a better track. It also seems I could ask HP what my Mother Board does.

Tx, Uncle Dewey.


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April 8, 2018 at 15:01:57
If it's an HP you're asking about, all you have to do is look at the splash screen.

Here's a splash screen with the Keys shown at the bottom: https://support.hp.com/doc-images/7...

This Dell has the list in the upper right corner: https://www.computerhope.com/issues...

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#6
April 8, 2018 at 15:27:01
"But, not the F-Keys during boot"

trvlr's links shows many instances during boot.


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April 8, 2018 at 15:28:57

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April 8, 2018 at 15:40:30
HP Keys during boot:

F2 - Startup diagnostic mode
F9 - Temporary boot menu
F10 - Gets you into the BIOS

Interesting what JohnW posted, The HP 8000 & 800 series and all HP laptops. is what I posted about, I guess sit even changes from model to model from the same manufacturer.

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April 8, 2018 at 17:08:24
When I get a moment I'll try the F-keys and esc on boot to see what I get. I'm also waiting from the HP forum to see what they say. I'll let you know. It seemed like a simple question.

Thanks a bunch, Uncle Dewey


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#10
April 9, 2018 at 15:04:32
HP sent me to pressing ESC multipe times while booting which brings up a F-Key Menu. My F-keys are:
F1 System Information
F2 System Diagnostics
F9 Boot Device Options
F10 BIOS Setting
F11 System Recovery
F12 Network Boot

Yours may be different. Thanks a bunch for your interest, Uncle Dewey


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#11
April 9, 2018 at 15:18:15
Computers are getting more and more like early cars and aircraft were in terms of what instruments were positioned where; and which pedal did what...

Time they (the manufacturers) all agreed on a single standard layout and assignment.


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