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How to check and upgrade PC BIOS

by Aftab Ahmed
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Yep, this is a question asked by loads of people on daily basis even by those who are pretty expert in the PC world from assembling a pc to diagnosing issues like bottlenecks. It’s not rocket science on how to update BIOS. The BIOS is like the life of your motherboard every PC has it, from the push of on button till shutting down it is one the most important components it also protects our PC’s also as said in Duo Security’s recent report on Apple macOS attacks.

The word BIOS stands for basic input and output system, and the BIOS chip initializes all the other devices in your PC, like the CPU, GPU, and motherboard chipset. But a few years ago, motherboard manufacturers—in partnership with Microsoft and Intel—introduced a replacement for traditional BIOS chips dubbed UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).

Almost every motherboard being sold today has a UEFI chip rather than a BIOS chip, but they both share the same basic purpose: preparing the system to boot into the operating system. That said, most people still call the UEFI the “BIOS” because of the familiarity of the term and a much less complicated word if you ask me ;).

Why bother updating the BIOS?

The answer is simple the more new hardware comes the absolute the “stuff” running your pc gets cranky and in need of updates. In some cases, you won’t be able to use the latest hardware at all. And special thanks to intel the 6th and 7th gen both use 1151 sockets so you won’t be needing a new set of rams and motherboard when you plan on upgrading just simply upgrade your BIOS and you are good to go.

How to upgrade your PC BIOS

That’s kinda tricky but we will help you in that its something like the

  1. Restart your computer normally, assuming it’s working well enough to do that. If not, kill the power manually and then start the computer back up.If your computer is off right now, powering it on normally will work just fine.
  1. Carefully watch as your computer first starts and note the BIOS version that’s shown on screen.Tip 1: Some computers, especially those made by major manufacturers, show a computer logo screen in place of the POST results, which is what contains the BIOS version number. Pressing Esc or Tab usually removes the logo screen and shows the POST information behind it.Tip 2: If the POST results screen disappears too quickly, try pressing the Pause key on your keyboard. Most motherboards will pause the boot process, allowing ample time to read the BIOS version number.Tip 3: If pausing won’t work, point your smartphone at your computer screen and take a short video of the POST results that flash on the screen. Most cameras record 60 fps or higher, plenty of frames to step through to catch that BIOS version.
  1. Write down the BIOS version number as shown on screen. It’s not always 100% clear which of the cryptic lines of letters and numbers on the screen is the version number, so log everything that might be.Tip: Take a photo! If you’ve been lucky enough to pause the boot process at the POST results screen, snap a picture with your phone. This will give you something concrete to reference later on.

Credits for how to check version: Lifewire 

When you boot up your PC, you’ll see various options that inform you which button to press to enter the UEFI BIOS. Press it! (The exact button needed, and the design of every motherboard’s actual UEFI control panel differs, so these instructions will be more guideposts than step-by-step instructions.)

Although not all motherboards offer this feature, on certain models you can boot into the UEFI control panel and use a built-in update utility to connect to the Internet and flash the latest firmware from the manufacturer’s server. This extremely nice feature makes updating to newer firmware revisions as painless as possible and you don’t need to be a genius to figure it out.

The process is a bit more involved for motherboards that don’t support this feature. First, you’ll need to find your motherboard’s support page on the manufacturer’s website. The latest BIOS update should be in the support and downloads section. You’ll need to download and unzip the file, dump it onto a USB flash drive, and reboot your computer into the UEFI control panel.

From there, you’ll need to launch the UEFI’s firmware update tool or flashing tool and backup your PC’s existing firmware to your flash drive—just in case something goes wrong. Then use the same UEFI utility to select the new firmware image you downloaded from its location on the flash drive. Running the firmware update utility should take just a couple of minutes, but make sure not to shut off your PC during this process. This is critical.

Once the flashing process finishes, restart your computer and your updated PC BIOS is ready to rock.

Some manufacturers offer utilities that can update your UEFI chip from directly inside Windows by running a .exe file, but we strongly recommend using one of the two methods above to avoid any problems.

Again, updating your PC’s BIOS can provide many benefits, but it’s important to understand the risks. Don’t touch it if there isn’t a clear, compelling reason to update your UEFI firmware. That said, if you want to drop in a newer CPU into an older motherboard, then it’s clear that a BIOS update lies in your future.

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