How to find and Update BIOS Version? A complete Guide
You don’t need to keep your eyes laid all the time on your system’s BIOS version. The term actually comes to the light when a BIOS update is released and the system starts asking for this update. Thus, checking its version therefore becomes a necessity during such times. BIOS, actually, is a motherboard software which plays an essential part in booting up the system before the operating system starts loading. BIOS update not only adds new features, but also makes the system efficient in fixing bugs.
It is actually beneficial sometimes to update the version to achieve higher functionality. So let’s discuss those sure-shot methods using which you can discover your current BIOS version.
To Discover the current BIOS Version
First, we will discuss the methods you can use if your system is not working properly.
Method 1: By Rebooting the System
This is the easiest way to discover the current BIOS version on any system running Windows 10, 8, 7, XP or Vista. Just Reboot your system and pay attention while the system has started to boot up. You can simply switch off the system using the Power button and then turn it on. The BIOS details, you will find them on the screen itself.
If the POST results are covered with a logo, Press Esc button or Tab to remove the logo. You’ll then see the BIOS version in the POST details. Keep pressing the Pause button so that you can note it down without any hurry. You can use any camera phone to take a snap of the POST details screen if you can’t be so much quicker.
Method 2: BIOS Update Tool can do it all
This tool not only displays the current BIOS version, but also updates it with time (if any updates are available). So, if you are in the middle of, whether you should update your system’s BIOS or not, you can simply use this tool to check your BIOS details any time.
Just go to the online support of your system makers on the internet and download this tool from there. Run it, simply to get your BIOS number.
Method 3: Using the Command Prompt
You can discover this through your Registry Editor as well. How? Follow these steps:
Step1: Press the Windows (Key) + R and type regedit to open the registry.
Step2: Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\BIOS. Look for the entry named BIOSVersion/ SystemBiosVersion.
The value on the right of these entries is the BIOS version of your system right now. Note these details for any future reference.
Method 4: Using System Information tool
If you can’t find this anywhere, you need a third-party tool which can show you your system details in a more detailed format. Speccy is one such tool which can give you the details about BIOS version instantly (more tools are also available). You can simply download this. Install and Run it to obtain the values. (Run the Speccy.exe or Speccy64.exe file if you have a portable version of this tool).
After running, it will initiate a system scan. Choose Motherboard (on the left) after the scan is finished.
Go to BIOS and there you’ll see the all the details you have been looking for.
Method 5: using MSINFO32 (Microsoft System Information)
Step1: Open the Run command prompt [Press Windows (Key) + R] and type msinfo32 in the box. The System Information dialog box will appear on the screen.
Step2: Click the System Summary> Item> BIOS Version/Date (look right). There you’ll see all the BIOS details you want.
This System Information facility is provided by the Microsoft itself so that the users can quickly get these details within the system itself. But there are times when this facility also is unable to display the BIOS Version.
Downloading a BIOS file (latest)
Go to your system (motherboard) manufacturer’s official website and find the model whose BIOS update you want to do. Go to the Download/Support page of your model (on that site) and there you’ll see all the BIOS versions with their details like the release dates, bug fixes and other new features.
Check the details of your current BIOS and compare it with the available BIOS version on the site. This would help you in choosing and downloading a correct BIOS file.
Note: Choose the version next to your existing version or simply update to the latest version available on that page.
Extract the contents of the .zip file (Downloaded BIOS file). It contains a BIOS file and a readme.txt file. You can see this .txt file for the instructions which will guide you towards updating your BIOS.
Updating the BIOS
Before moving to the update, you need to copy BIOS files to a CD or a bootable USB drive. The readme.txt file would tell you the BIOS flashing tool your motherboard supports. You’ll need to choose this tool only out of a no. of flashing tools for different motherboards.
BIOS Flashing is either directly displayed in the BIOS (thanks to some manufacturers), or requires pressing a special key while the system is booting up. Just keep in mind copying the BIOS file, you downloaded, to the USB drive and reboot the system. Press the right key at the right time to show up the BIOS screen (search in your PC’s manual, is F2/Delete button usually).
Choose the Bios updating option, select the BIOS file from the USB drive and that’s it. Your Bios will now be updated to a new version.
Method 2: From a DOS USB Drive
For DOS based BIOS flashing tool utility, simply copy the BIOS file and the supported flashing tool to a live DOS USB drive (create it). Reboot the system and then boot from the USB drive. Run the command flash.bat BIOS3245.bin and you’d see the new version of BIOS. Follow the instructions step by step and this would ultimately update your BIOS. (The file with .bat or .exe file extension in the downloaded BIOS file is the DOS based flashing tool).
Why you shouldn’t use Windows flashing tools to update your BIOS?
There are certain Windows flashing tools which can be easily run on the desktop. These flash the BIOS and then proceed to the system reboot. This is a risky process as your system can freeze or be bricked due to the interference of processes running in the background. This can cause errors while writing the BIOS which would bring more problems to the system instead of doing anything good. So to make sure that your BIOS is not corrupt, don’t update it using these flashing tools.
BIOS-based or the DOS-based flashing tools are safer in comparison.
What next to running the BIOS flashing Utility?
Reboot your system once the BIOS update is complete and you’ll feel the performance of the new BIOS version. You can cross check it by checking your system’s BIOS version back again (see the methods to check the BIOS version discussed above). It would be different.
I hope this article helped you in getting what you’re looking for. If it did, share your feedbacks in the comment section. Do post your queries or more working methods to help others in need. Also, like and share this article to help your near and dear ones if they too want something like this.