How do I disable my computer BIOS splash screen?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

When your computer starts up, a splash screen is seen for a few seconds. This splash screen usually displays the computer manufacturer's logo or some other image or information. For example, in the picture below is an example of a Dell computer BIOS splash screen that appears as the computer loads.

Dell BIOS splash screen

If you want to disable the BIOS splash screen so it is not displayed when your computer starts up, many BIOS setups have an option to turn off the splash screen. You can also press the esc key as the computer boots to temporarily disable the splash screen.

There are a number of different types of BIOS versions that your motherboard could have. To determine where the setting is in your computer's BIOS, check the motherboard user manual. In most cases, it should be mentioned there. If you do not have a manual for your motherboard, download it from your manufacturer's website. Access the BIOS and look through all settings for anything that refers to turning on, on/off, or showing the splash screen (the wording of this option may differ by BIOS version). Set the option to disabled or enabled, whichever is opposite of how it is currently set. This should disable the splash screen.

When the splash screen is disabled the POST screen will be shown instead. The POST screen displays some technical specifications about your computer, like memory (RAM), CD/DVD drive, hard drive, and video card information and details.

Additional information

  • See our BIOS and splash screen definitions for further information and related links.