SOLVED: The (Nearly) Complete List of Boot Key Strokes, ASUS, Dell, Intel, Gigabyte, Microsoft and More

This page details the keys needed to boot a PC into various modes (like the BIOS and PXE Network) from various manufacturers.

If you are stuck and you can try the common keystrokes during a POST and before the Operating System loads: ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F12 and Delete key.  Also, remember if you are trying to PXE Boot, you may have to enter the BIOS and enable that feature which is called all kinds of things including PXE, Network Boot Agent and F12 Boot Menu.

Below are the details for each manufacturer of note in 2016 (most companies since 2000-ish)

ACER:

Enter BIOS: F2 or DEL
Network PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: ?
eRecovery: ALT + F10
see: acer–uk.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6814/~/enabling-the-boot-device-menu
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APPLE:

Enter BIOS: n/a
Network PXE Boot: N
Change Boot Order: n/a
Reset PRAM and NVRAM: CMD + OPTION + P + R
Verbose Boot Mode: CMD + V
Safe Mode: SHIFT
OS/X Recover and Start Hardware Test: D
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ASUS:

Enter BIOS: F2
Network PXE Boot:
Change Boot Order: ESC or F8
Recovery: F9
see: urtech.ca/2014/10/solved-how-to-install-windows-10-on-an-asus-t100-transformer
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DELL:

Enter BIOS: F2
Network PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: F12
Factory Image Restore: F8
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GIGABYTE:

Enter BIOS: DELETE
PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: ?
Recovery: F9
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HP HEWLETT PACKARD:boot-menu-key-stroke-dell-hp-surface-asus

Enter BIOS: F10 or ESC
Network PXE Boot: F12 – not verified – January 2016
Change Boot Order: F9
System Information: F1
System Diagnostic: F2
System Recovery: F11
see: h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/how-to-access-the-bios/td-p/1301371
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INTEL:

Enter BIOS: F2
Network PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: F10
Update BIOS: F7
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LENOVO / IBM:

Enter BIOS: F2
Network PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: ?
Recovery: F11
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MICROSOFT SURFACE & SURFACEBOOK:

Enter BIOS: Volume Up + Power Key for 5 Seconds, then release ONLY the power button
Network PXE Boot: Volume Down + Power Key for 5 Seconds, then release ONLY the power button
Change Boot Order: enter BIOS after you have the other device connected and change boot order
see: urtech.ca/2015/10/solved-how-to-access-bios-uefi-on-microsoft-surfacebook-or-surface4
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SAMSUNG:

Enter BIOS: F2
Network PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: ESC or F12
Recovery: F4
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TOSHIBA:

Enter BIOS: F2
Network PXE Boot: F12
Change Boot Order: F8
Recovery Utility: 0 (that is a zero)
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WYSE THIN CLIENT TERMINAL:

Enter BIOS: P or DELETE and enter FIREPORT as the password
Network PXE Boot: P
Change Boot Order: P
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Other lists are available at:

craftedflash.com/info/how-boot-computer-from-usb-flash-drive

www.desertcrystal.com/bootkeys

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