How to Unlock the AMI Hidden BIOS Settings

By Andrew Meer

American Megatrends Inc, or AMI, is a company that develops BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) programs for motherboard manufacturers such as ASUS and MSI. AMI BIOS allows you to configure hardware and software settings on a computer during startup. However, most motherboard manufacturers lock some of the BIOS settings because they are usually dangerous to modify. If you are an advanced user, you can unhide the locked settings by using certain key combinations.

Step 1

Turn on the computer.

Step 2

Press the "Del," "F1" or "Esc" keys during computer startup to open the AMI BIOS.

Step 3

Press the "Alt" and "F1" keys to unlock the hidden settings on the AMI BIOS. If nothing happens, try pressing "Shift" and "F1" or "Ctrl" and "F1" instead.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some motherboard manufacturers will permanently lock several settings on an AMI BIOS. If this is the case, you cannot use any of the above key combinations to unlock them.