Updating your computer is important for it to work properly, but when should you update the BIOS? Here are detailed instructions on how to update your computer’s BIOS settings.
What is the BIOS?
Everything is fine. Let’s better understand what the BIOS is and why you need to update it.
The BIOS is short for the main input / output system. Once the system is up and running, it is up to the BIOS to take control and start the self-test run. It then passes control to the bootloader that provides the computer’s operating system. The BIOS is stored on a small chip on the motherboard and is responsible for managing the micro instructions for the systems.
In general, the BIOS works well without the need for an update. In addition, the system manufacturer provides periodic updates to improve BIOS performance. Installing a new BIOS is more complicated than updating windows, and can be risky if something goes wrong. When left unmanaged, they can be left astray and lose the right path.
How to successfully update your computer’s BIOS?
Ways to successfully update the BIOS:
Part 1: Installing the BIO Update File
Go to the lower left corner of Windows and tap the logo.
Type “information” in the Windows Start bar and go to “System Information” above.
Click on “System Model” and you will see a combination of numbers and letters that will tell you the model name of your system. Type this information to use when searching for your BIOS update file.
Go to your system manufacturer’s website, or simply enter your manufacturer’s name, your computer’s model name, drivers, or BIOS. Follow the links and you will find the right one soon.
After finding the updated BIOS file, check the version number to make sure it has a newer version. However, if the BIOS is the same as your number, you do not need to update it because it is an updated version.
Click the link, icon, or download button to download the file. Often updated files are in the ZIP folder, so you will need to remove the files later. After downloading the file, your BIOS is now ready to update.
Part 2: Update your computer’s BIOS
Before you start updating the BIOS, make sure it is connected to a reliable power source. If your computer shuts down during the update, it can permanently damage the BIOS, so make sure you have the plugin in during the update.
Usually, you can find the README file in the downloaded files of the BIOS. Be sure to review that README file before going through the entire procedure to update the BIOS. If possible, try to follow the instructions in that README file.
Copy your BIOS update file to a USB flash drive before starting the update. This is necessary because the BIOS cannot access your computer’s files. Press Ctrl + C to copy, and then Ctrl + V to paste the BIOS files into your USB drive.
Make sure your USB flash drive is connected to the computer during the entire update process.
After you finish connecting the USB flash drive with the new BIOS update, press the power button to invite it to reboot your system.
Press the reboot button and at the same time start pressing the button set by your manufacturer to start the BIOS. If that doesn’t work, restart the same way and try another button. Often the key assigned for this purpose is between function keys, such as F11, but varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
If you see the Backup or Save key on your home screen, click on it and continue following the on-screen instructions to back up the BIOS. If the new setting is not compatible with your computer, you can restore the BIOS to the previous version.
For a more direct explanation of how to activate and use your BIOS update tool, see your manufacturer’s website, as all BIOSes have their own specific way to access the BIOS tool.
Allow your computer to update the BIOS after following the instructions. This may take a few minutes or even more than an hour, depending on the BIOS version and your computer.
Your computer will restart automatically after the installation is complete, but in some cases it may ask your permission to do so.
To avoid corruption, make sure your computer or laptop is turned on when updating the BIOS.
Updating the BIOS is a difficult process, and if not performed properly, can damage your computer and cause it to not work at all. BIOS updates often do not bring new features or increase the speed or performance of your computer in any way.
So you probably won’t notice a big difference anyway. If installing a new BIOS update allows you to support new hardware or fix a major error, never try to update the BIOS.