How to enter the boot menu on an HP Compaq Presario

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How to enter the boot menu on an HP Compaq Presario
Compaq is owned by HP. (Courtesy of Compaq Presario)

The boot menu is a way to interact with the BIOS of your computer. The BIOS is the “Basic Input Output System” and it is resident on the microprocessor inside your computer. Even computer that do not have an operating system have a BIOS. It is part of the BIOS’s job to start up the operating system. The boot menu is only accessible for a matter of seconds when you start your computer so you have to be nibble with the keyboard in order to get in to it.

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  1. 1

    Turn off your computer and turn it back on. You may hear a single beep.

  2. 2

    Press the F10 button. At this stage the computer is not very bright because none of its software is running. Therefore, you can press the button repeatedly until you get a response. The boot menu should open.

  3. 3

    Check through the boot menu to find the function you want to change. The structure and appearance of the menu seems primitive. This is because it is designed to operate without the support of the software on the computer.

  4. 4

    Press the “Escape” button when you have finished working with your boot menu settings. This will give you several exit option that enables you to save or discard any changes you made during your session in the menu.

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