BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is a system firmware or you may call it a utility that allows user to directly change hardware settings to make a PC run according to your needs. Back in the day, BIOS setups were simple and allowed basic functions such as Boot device selection and hardware information. But now motherboard manufacturers have started shipping more advanced chipset containing refined BIOS. Now you can overclock your PC, use mouse on it, control cooling system and much more.

BIOS Screenshot Print Screen


You can perform variety of functions, but in this post I will show you how to take BIOS screenshots.

How to take BIOS screenshots (PrntScr) – Tutorial

Requirements: A USB flash driveWindows Format Fat32


  • Grab a USB flash drive, connect to your Operating System and backup its data.
  • Now format that flash drive to FAT 16/32 file system. Right Click > Format > Select File System > Click Format.
  • Restart your PC and keep pressing <F2>, <DEL> or whatever the specified BIOS access key is.
  • Once you enter the BIOS, make sure your USB drive is detected, check boot device priority
  • After confirmation, press <F12> or Print Screen (PrntScr) key to take screenshot. It will be stored in your flash drive with .BMP extension.


  • The screenshot in this post are taken on a Gigabyte motherboard running UEFI Dual BIOS. These boards are notorious for having USB 3.0 problems.
  • Older Intel motherboard BIOS might not support this function. You will have to use a camera.


  1. Hi Justin
    I have tried your instructions for taking BIOS ScreenShots but unfortunately after pressing the (PrntScr) key when my BIOS setup screen was displayed, no file was written to my Flash Drive.

    My Laptop is an ASUS N551
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Motherboard ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. N551JX (SOCKET 0)
    BIOS: Aptio Setup Utility – American Megatrends V2.15.1236

    Please can you advise.


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