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How to Reset Your BIOS – Top 3 Ways

Learning how to reset your BIOS is an important skill that can come in handy when troubleshooting your computer. BIOS (Basic Input/Output Sytstem) is the primary program in your system. It is in charge of running pretests on all your computer hardware components. Making sure that all the components in your computer are responding accordingly before it initiates the operating system.

Upgrading a computer hardware component or when you forget your computer BIOS password are some of the instances when knowing how to reset your computer BIOS come in handy. To give you an idea on how you can do this, here are some of the top 3 options that you can utilize in resetting your computer BIOS;

Option 1: Using the CMOS Battery


1. To reset your computer BIOS using the CMOS battery you must first shut down your computer. If applicable, locate the on-off button on your computer’s power supply. This is usually located at the back of your computer. Turn off your power supply using this button and unplug your computer from the outlet.

2. Access your computer’s motherboard. In order to do this, you must open the case of your computer. Note that some laptops or computers may have additional coverings which may require more time to disassemble.

3. Once you get access to your computer’s motherboard, you should be able to locate the CMOS battery. The actual location of the CMOS battery usually differs based on the manufacturer of the motherboard. Nevertheless, it should be easy to spot. It is usually flat, round and silver, similar to a watch battery, but bigger. Remove the CMOS battery from its slot.

4. Discharge any remaining power in your computer’s capacitor. To do this, you have to go to the power button on your computer and press it for up to 15 seconds. Note that this is a crucial step in resetting the memory of your CMOS, which in effect will reset your computer BIOS.

5. Return the CMOS battery in place and secure the computer case back. Turn your power supply button on and plug in your computer to the power outlet.

6. Boot your computer. Go into your computer’s BIOS settings and make the necessary configuration, such as the device boot order, your computer system date and others.

Option 2: Using Your Computer BIOS


1. One of the primary options that you can employ to reset your BIOS is through the BIOS itself. First, you must boot your computer and wait for the prompt at the bottom of your screen. The prompt should tell you which key to press on your keyboard so you can access your computer BIOS.

2. Once you are in the BIOS settings look for the default option. By choosing the default option, you’ll be able to reset your BIOS back to its original settings. Remember that computer manufacturers use different names for BIOS default.

3. Lastly, save the changes that you made in the BIOS before you exit. The change will take effect once you reboot your computer.

Option 3: Using the Jumper Setting


1. Using the jumper setting to reset your BIOS is only applicable for a desktop computer. First, you must shut down your computer and turn off the power supply power. Remove your computer’s plug from the outlet.

2. Open your computer case so you can access the motherboard. Once you are on the motherboard, locate the CMOS jumper. The jumper is usually situated near the CMOS battery. You may check your motherboard’s manual to help you locate the jumper.

3. Take note of the original position of the jumper. Pull the jumper up and put it back again. This time move the jumper so it’s covering the next set of pins from its original position. Say, if its originally covering pins 1 and 2, when you put the jumper back it should cover pins 2 and 3.

4. Remove any residual charge from the computer’s capacitor. To do this, you must press your computer’s power button for 15 seconds. This should discharge any remaining power in the capacitor, prompting your computer BIOS to reset itself.

5. Go to the CMOS jumper and put it back to its original position. Meaning it should cover the same pins before you made any changes. This is so you can access your BIOS settings once you restart your computer.

6. Secure your computer by putting the case back. Turn on your computer’s power supply and plug your computer to the power outlet. Boot your computer.

7. Go into the BIOS settings by following the prompt on your screen. Note that the BIOS has been reset so you may need to configure some details.

The options provided above are some of the most commonly used methods that can help you reset your BIOS.

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