How to Disable BIOS Memory Options
This wikiHow teaches you how to turn off memory options like RAM or caching from within your Windows computer's BIOS menu. Keep in mind that the BIOS menu will be different for each computer, meaning that your computer will not have some...
Part 1 of 2:
Accessing the BIOS
- Restart your computer. Open Start
- If your computer is locked, click the lock screen, then click the power icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and click Restart.
- If your computer is already off, press your computer's "On" switch.
- Wait for the computer's first startup screen to appear. Once the startup screen appears, you'll need to press your computer's setup key.
- If you see "Press [key] to enter setup" or something similar flash across the bottom of the screen and then disappear, you'll need to restart and try again.
- Press and hold Del or F2 to enter setup. The key you're prompted to press might also be different; if so, use that key instead.
- You'll typically use the "F" keys to access the BIOS. These are at the top of your keyboard.
- Depending on your computer, you may have to hold the Fn key while pressing the setup "F" key.
- You can look at your computer model's manual or online support page to confirm your computer's BIOS key.
- Wait for your BIOS to load. After successfully hitting the setup key, the BIOS will load. You can then begin looking for the memory item that you want to disable.
Part 2 of 2:
Disabling Memory Options
- Go to the "Advanced" page. Select Advanced at the top of the screen by pressing the → arrow key, then press ↵ Enter. This will open the Advanced page of the BIOS.
- Look for the memory option you want to disable. Common memory options include the following:
- Caching or Shadowing - If you're encountering a blue screen or memory issues in general, disabling your computer's BIOS caching may solve the problem.
- RAM - If you have custom-installed RAM that isn't working, you may be able to disable it from the BIOS without physically removing it from your computer.
- Available memory options will vary from BIOS to BIOS. You may have several memory options that other computers don't have, and vice versa.
- If you can't find the memory option you're looking for, try looking for it on another page (e.g., General).
- Select a memory item you want to disabled. Use the arrow keys to move the selection box onto the "Enabled" or similar text to the right of a memory item. This will select it.
- Press the "Change" key. Doing so will disable your selected memory option. The "Change" key will vary depending on your computer's BIOS, but all BIOS screens display a guide in the lower-right corner that shows which keyboard keys perform certain actions.
- For example, you might press ↵ Enter to change the "Enabled" text to "Disabled".
- Press the Esc key. Doing so indicates that you're ready to exit the BIOS.
- Press ↵ Enter when prompted. This will save your changes and exit the BIOS. Your selected memory option has been disabled.
- Be sure to select the option to "Save and Exit" or press Y if prompted to save your changes.
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