3 Ways To Reset Your BIOS Settings

You might not know that your computer keeps some low-level settings like hardware settings and system time in its CMOS. These settings able to change in the BIOS setup menu.

If you are getting hardware compatibility issues or other problems that relate to BIOS, you may want to reset your BIOS settings.

By resetting the BIOS settings, your computer will restore it back to the factory default state. There are a few ways to reset the BIOS settings like do it from BIOS menu, use CMOS jumper or remove the CMOS battery.

Use BIOS Menu To Reset BIOS Settings

The simplest way to reset your BIOS settings is from the BIOS setup menu. To access this setup menu, reboot your computer and press the key that shows on your screen. It should be the “DEL” key or “F2“.

Access BIOS Settings

If there is no instruction display on your screen, read the computer’s manual. Each computer or motherboard manufacturer uses a different key. Read your motherboard’s manual to find out.

Within the BIOS menu setup, find the Reset option. It may have a different name, such as: “Reset to default“, “Load factory defaults“, “Load setup defaults“, “Clear BIOS settings“, or something similar.

Load Default BIOS Settings

Use the arrow keys to select the reset option, press Enter, and then select “Yes” to confirm the operation.

Your BIOS will restore back to default settings. In the past, if you have changed any BIOS settings, you have to change them again.

Use CMOS Jumper To Reset BIOS Settings

Most mainboards have a CMOS jumper that can use to clear CMOS settings and reset all BIOS settings. This method is useful if you have set a password to protect the BIOS and you forgot the password.

You can read the motherboard’s manual to find the location of the jumper. Or you can go to the motherboard’s website to find instructions.

CMOS Jumper

To reset BIOS settings via CMOS jumper, you have to unplug the power source to ensure your computer isn’t receiving any power. After that, press and hold the computer’s power button for about 15 seconds. This step will help to discharge any remaining power stored in the capacitors.

Open the case of your computer and find the location of the jumper. It would be named something like CLEAR, CLEAR CMOS, CLR CMOS, or CLR PWD. Usually, manufacturers will put the CMOS jumper near the CMOS battery.

Move the jumper to the “clear” position, and then plug the power source into your computer and power it on. After that, turn your computer off again, move the jumper back to the original position. You are done.

Remove CMOS Battery To Reset BIOS Settings

If your motherboard doesn’t have a CMOS jumper, you can simply remove the CMOS battery from its position and then re-insert it. This step will help to clear all BIOS settings.

Remove CMOS Battery

This battery provides power that uses to keep the BIOS settings. By removing this battery, the power source will be interrupted clear all settings.

  • Unplug the power source from your computer. 
  • Open the case of the computer.
  • Locate the location of the CMOS battery.
  • Remove it from its position.
  • Press and hold the power button on your computer to discharge any remaining power stored in the capacitors.
  • Wait five minutes before re-insert it.

After resetting the BIOS settings, you have to reconfigure all settings, including system date & time, as well as boot order.

We hope this article will help you know more about the BIOS in your computer and learn how to reset the BIOS settings. If you have any further question, feel free to ask.