Keyboard Prompts During Boot Process (POST) for Intel® Desktop Boards

Last Reviewed: 03-May-2017
Article ID: 000005672

During the start process on your Intel® Desktop Board—before the operating system loads—you can press Function and Control key combinations to launch certain tasks. See the table below. 

Function key or Control key Purpose
F2 Accesses the BIOS Setup program.
F7 Initiates a BIOS update process. The updated files are stored on a USB flash drive. For instructions on this BIOS update method, see Instructions for F7 BIOS Flash update.
F8 Opens the Windows* boot option menu. This option allows you to boot into safe mode, enable boot logging, perform restore tasks, and more.
F9 Launches the Intel® Remote PC Assist Wizard. This function is only available if your board supports Intel® Remote PC Assist Technology (Intel® RPAT).
F10 Accesses the boot menu and displays all bootable devices.
F12 Allows you to boot to a network. This option is generally used to install an operating system from an image on the network.
Control+I Opens the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) option ROM user interface. This prompt is available on boards configured to support RAID.
Control+M Opens the Marvell* RAID option ROM user interface. This prompt is available on boards configured to support Marvell RAID.
Control+P Opens the Intel® Management Engine BIOS Extension (Intel® MEBX) Configuration user interface. This prompt is only available on boards that support the Intel® Management Engine.

This article applies to:

Discontinued Products

Intel® Desktop Board DQ33HS
Intel® Desktop Board D945GZCC2
Intel® Desktop Board CA810E
Intel® Desktop Board DQ963GS
Intel® Desktop Board D845PECE
Intel® Desktop Board D815EFV