Acer is one of the most famous brands of computers and other related products. Although it is widely used around the world, some of you may not know what is the Acer Boot Menu. This post on MiniTool will give useful information about the Acer boot menu including how to access and operate it. Besides, it introduces the process of recovering data from a dead computer with the cooperation of BIOS and MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

What is the Acer Boot Menu

The boot menu, as its name refers, is responsible for your computer boot. The boot menu doesn’t show up by default when starting up the computer. But you can access the boot menu by pressing a specific key easily.

A lot of options are provided by the boot menu including system information, boot device options, BIOS setup, etc., which is the same as the Acer boot menu. All these options are utilized in handling problems that occur in special situations, like booting from USB/CD/DVD instead of the hard drive or needing to be fixed by changing settings in the boot menu.

How to Access Acer Boot Menu

Considering the importance of the boot menu, knowing how to access and operate it is required. But the Acer Boot Menu key is varied on your device. For Acer laptops, the most common hotkey to open the boot menu is F12. A few steps are present in the following content.

Step 1: Shut down your Acer laptop.

Step 2: Press F12 on your keyboard when restarting the laptop. (Although it is only required when the Acer logo appears, you’d better press it in case missing the window.)

Step 3: Entering the Boot Menu, you can navigate to different menu options by pressing the arrow keys.


How to Enable Acer Boot Menu

The F12 Boot Menu gives a way to boot the computer’s Operating System, but in some computers, the F12 Boot Menu is disabled by default. If you can’t open the Boot Menu by pressing F12, you can follow the next steps to enable it.

Step 1: Restart your computer.

Step 2: Press F2 to enter BIOS Setup during Power-On Self-Test during the process of restarting to avoid missing the time.

Step 3: Press the right arrow key to select the Main menu.

Step 4: Press the down arrow to select the F12 Boot Menu and click Enter.

Step 5: Change the status from Disable to Enable.

Step 6: Press F10 and click Enter to save the change.

How to Change BIOS

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is a part of the Boot Menu. It allows you to run another Operating System even if the computer has one. You can decide which device is used to boot the computer and the device’s order by changing the BIOS. Therefore, you can change the BIOS setting when your computer doesn’t work accidentally. How to change the Acer laptop BIOS will be introduced in the following content.

Step 1: Restart your computer and hold F2 to open the BIOS setup window. F2 is the most common Acer BIOS key. If it doesn’t work, you can try the Del key, which is also available on some computers.

Step 2: Use arrow keys to adjust the order of devices. You can find detailed information about how to use a keyboard to operate at the bottom of the BIOS setup window.

Step 3: Save the changes you’ve made by clicking F10 and Enter button.

Once you exit BIOS, the computer will restart automatically under your settings.

How to Enable Secure Boot on an Acer Laptop

Secure Boot is a security feature included in Windows 8/10/11 to protect your computer from viruses and malicious software attacks. If Secure Boot is enabled, your computer will only run the signed software during the startup process; thus, those unauthorized programs are more difficult to run when the computer starts up.

First, you need to check whether secure boot is enabled on your computer with the following instructions:

  • Type msinfo32 in the Windows search bar and press Enter to open the System Information window.
  • Look through the Item list to find Secure Boot State. If the Value shows On, the secure boot is enabled. If it says Off, please keep reading to enable it.
Secure Boot State shows Off

Here, I will show you how to enable secure boot on your computer.

To enable the secure boot, you should change the boot mode from the Legacy BIOS to UEFI BIOS on your Acer laptop. Additionally, the secure boot requires GPT rather than MBR. You can learn how to convert MBR to GPT from this post: Free Convert MBR to GPT Without Data Loss.

Step 1: Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.

Step 2: Go to Update & Security > Recovery, then click Restart now under the Advanced startup section.

Step 3: Wait for your computer to restart. You need to choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart.

restart the computer

Step 4: Now, the computer will enter into the UEFI setting menu. You can use the arrow keys to find the Secure Boot option. Generally, you can find it under the BIOS section.

Step 5: Choose Secure Boot, hit Enter to open the menu, then select Enabled.

Step 6: Save changes and exit the menu.

After all these steps, your computer will start using the secure boot feature.

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How to Recover Data from A Dead Computer

During the process of computer use, Operating System crashes may happen accidentally. At this time, you can’t boot the computer successfully, thus data in it are unavailable. But you can retrieve your data with professional software by booting your computer from USB. Here we introduce you to MiniTool Power Data Recovery to help you recover data from a dead computer.

Before starting to recover files, you’re supposed to get an appropriate version of MiniTool Power Data Recovery with the Snap-in WinPE Bootable Builder. Several licenses are provided for users. You can browse more information from the License Comparison page and choose a suitable one.

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Please save the setup program on another computer and install this data recovery software following the instructions.

Step Guide to Recover Data from Dead Acer Computer

Recovering data from a dead computer includes two parts. In the first part, you need to create a bootable USB disk or CD/DVD disk from a working computer. The second part is using this bootable disk to boot your computer and recover data from it. Let’s work step by step.

Part 1: Create a Bootable USB Disk

Step 1: Open the software and click on the key icon to register. You need to input the license key which is sent to you by email after you buy an upgraded version. If you haven’t got one, please feel free to contact [email protected] for help.

Step 2: Connect a USB flash disk to your computer and click on the Bootable Edition on the right top bar.

select the Bootable Edition

step 3: Select WinPE-based media with MiniTool Plug-in to continue.

Step 4: To create a USB bootable disk, choose USB Flash Disk and click Yes in the following window. The suggested USB driver size is 4GB-64GB.

Step 5: Wait patiently until the bootable files are fully generated by MiniTool Power Data Recovery in your flash drive.  Finally, click the Finish button.

select the USB Flash Disk

Part 2: Recover Data with Bootable USB Disk

Step 1: Connect the bootable USB disk to your dead computer before you start your computer.

Step 2: Enter the BIOS menu by pressing a key, which is different from the computer you use. You can find the message from the beginning. If you miss it, please restart your computer and try again.

Step 3: Set the Bootable Disc as the first boot device and save configuration changes.

adjust devices’ order

If you use CD/DVD to create a bootable media, the CD-ROM Device selection should be adjusted to the 1st place.

Step 4: Click MiniTool Power Data Recovery in the MiniTool PE Loader interface to enter its main window. MiniTool Power Data Recovery can be opened whether your dead computer downloads this software or not.

choose MiniTool software to recover data

Step 5: In the main interface of this software, you can select the target drive under the Local Devices tab and click the Scan button. Or you can alternate to the Devices tab to scan the whole disk at one time.

When the scanning process ends, you can use Filter, Type, and Search functions to quickly locate aimed files, and Preview before recovering files.

Step 6: Select all the aimed files and click the Save button.

This way can help you recover data from a dead computer conveniently. If you want to try other ways, you can read the passage: How to Recover Data When PC Won’t Boot.

Final Words

This post gives much detailed information about the Acer Boot Menu and BIOS. They are really useful in operating computer systems. The BIOS setup works extremely well when your computer can’t boot properly.  If your computer is stuck in this situation, hope this post can resolve your problem either in accessing BIOS or recovering data from it.

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