The message “Please enter setup to recover BIOS settings” usually shows up when a computer’s BIOS settings have been reset or messed up. The BIOS, or Basic Input/Output System, is a piece of software built into a computer’s motherboard that controls the basic functions of the computer, such as booting up the operating system and managing system hardware.
When the BIOS settings are reset or corrupted, the computer may not be able to boot up properly, or certain hardware may not function correctly.
This error can also be caused by a faulty CMOS battery on the motherboard, which can no longer save the BIOS settings. The most effective solution is to replace the battery.
If you’ve tried this and it didn’t work, keep reading to learn other unconventional quick troubleshooting methods.
Have you tried to boot your computer and then seen “Please enter setup to recover BIOS settings” on the blank screen instead of the Windows display?
The “Please enter setup to recover BIOS settings” error is common among Asus motherboards. I experienced such an issue on my ASUS P5QL/EPU motherboard, and it came with other prompts like “Press F1 to run SETUP” and “Press F2 to load default values and continue”
I used to try these settings, but it still repeats itself on every boot, which means the settings aren’t saved.\
How to Fix “Enter Setup To Recover Bios Setting” When All Devices Are Detected
If you have a problem with the computer hardware, such as hard disks that are not detected, this method will not work. Try this method only if the computer recognizes all connected devices but still displays the “Please enter setup to recover bios settings” error.
Step 1: Once you face the error code, press F1 to run the BIOS setup. This will launch you to the BIOS page.
Step 2: Navigate to the top right corner of your screen and select view the BIOS setup in ‘Advanced Mode”
Step 3: Afterward, click on the “Boot Menu” bar on the top ribbon. Check that the “Wait for F1 if error” option is turned off under the “Boot Menu” bar. By doing this, you are adjusting the BIOS setting to disable the error.
Step 4: After saving the settings, press the F10 key for the computer to restart, and your computer will normally start without any issues.
If the above isn’t the solution after booting the computer, it still shows the “Please enter setup to recover bios settings” error. You will need to focus on the motherboard battery, as it is the culprit for not saving the settings you just made.
How To Fix the “Enter Setup To Recover Bios Setting” Error By Replacing CMOS Battery
Here, you will fix an installation error by fixing the battery. You can purchase a CR22 CMOS battery from an electronics store. Once you have the new battery with you, follow these steps:
Step 1: First, disconnect all computer connections and carefully open the case of the unit.
Step 2: In there, locate the silver CMOS battery using a tester or screwdriver, remove it, and install the new battery in the same position. The battery is responsible for updating your BIOS’s correct date and time and the system hardware settings you make.
Step 3: Once you replace the battery and assemble the unit, try booting your computer and observe the result.
Note: Upon booting, press the F2 key to access the BIOS setup to reset the date and time, and press F10 to save. After that, turn off the computer for a while, and then try booting.
Some of the causes of the “Enter Setup To Recover BIOS Settings” error is often overlooked. When confronted with this issue, the first action should be following the settings prompt that your screen tells you.
If nothing changes, your BIOS setting isn’t saving, indicating a problem with the CMOS battery.
After combing through various solution reviews on forums I belong to, I realize that reinstalling or replacing the CMOS battery is the most common fix to the “Enter Setup To Recover Bios Setting” setting.
It all makes sense because taking out the battery will automatically restore the BIOS to its default settings. But when this does not work, try using the BIOS menu to troubleshoot the problem.
Consider visiting the manufacturer’s website and searching for any available BIOS updates. Afterward, copy the files onto a flash drive and install the update.
Viola! Your system should be working thereafter. Let me know in the comments which of the solutions eventually worked for you.
Does Factory Reset Remove BIOS Settings?
Modern motherboards are designed to boot up using default BIOS settings most of the time. But your BIOS settings won’t be removed when you do a factory reset. However, specific settings in the RAM or EEPROM chips can be erased and reset to default.
How Do I Reset My Bios Settings to Default Without Display?
If your computer refuses to display and you want to reset the BIOS settings, consider using the power switch behind your computer.
First, disconnect the motherboard, turn on the computer for about 2 seconds, and shut it off. Do this five times, and then turn on your computer with the motherboard connected. By now, your BIOS default settings will have been restored.
How Do I Enter BIOS Settings?
It depends on the motherboard brand. You can press special keys to access your BIOS settings, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications. The keys can be either F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL.
Although some systems, upon booting, will automatically launch into the BIOS settings page when there is a booting error,
How Do I Get Out Of BIOS Setup?
To save and exit from your BIOS setup on any computer model, press the F10 key.
Meanwhile, you may encounter the challenge of not being able to exit the BIOS. The common cause for this misconfiguration is in the BIOS.
To fix this, go to the “Security Options” part of your BIOS setup and make sure that “Secure Boot” is turned off.
To fix this issue, you will need to enter the BIOS setup utility and try to restore the default BIOS settings. This is usually done by pressing a specific key or combination of keys during the boot-up process, such as F1, F2, Del, or Esc.
The key to press will typically be displayed on the screen when the computer is first turned on. Once you’re in the BIOS setup utility, you have to go through the menus to find the option to restore the BIOS settings to their original state.
This option is usually located in the “Advanced” or “System Configuration” section of the BIOS setup utility. Once you have found this option, select it and follow the on-screen instructions to restore the default BIOS settings.
After restoring the BIOS settings, you should save the changes and close the BIOS setup utility. The computer should then be able to start up properly, and any problems caused by the reset or broken BIOS settings should be fixed. Also, it’s a good idea to see any BIOS updates available and install them if they are. This can help stop similar problems from happening in the future.