Updating operating system is essential. But, Updating BIOS or UEFI can be more important. In this article, You will know more about it.
The word UEFI may seem new to you. BIOS and UEFI are not same. BIOS is older, and soon it will be dead. On the other hand, UEFI is the newcomer and available on all modern PCs. These are lower level software that starts when you turn on your PC.
Why Do You need to Update BIOS/UEFI?
Updating them may not seem important to you. But, It can be essential when severe vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre comes to light. The manufacturers often release security updates for UEFI or BIOS which come with new hardware supports, various bug fixes and security improvements. Problems on BIOS may affect entire PC performance. So, Updating them is a good Idea.
How to Check BIOS/UEFI Version:
You may have a question “How can I check the BIOS version?”. Well, This is a straightforward thing. You can check the version directly from Windows. To check BIOS/UEFI version, follow these steps.
- At first, Open Start Menu and then type msinfo.
- You will see a program “System Information.” Just click on it.
- Now, You will see a new window. Find and check BIOS Version/Date from there.
You also can check the firmware version from UEFI control panel. I don’t think that is necessary as you are already able to do it directly from Windows interface.
However, If you see that your computers BIOS is not up to date, you may think of upgrading it.
How to Update BIOS/UEFI Firmware:
The updating process is very easy. But, You should check on your motherboard’s manufacturer website for more details. Some manufacturers provide a native desktop application to update the BIOS/UEFI firmware. So, You can do this task from Windows. But, This facility is not available for all motherboards.
In most cases, You will have to do the update process from the BIOS/UEFI control panel. It is also straightforward. Different motherboards come with different UEFI interface. You will just need to point out the right option. Some motherboards support online update. It means you can update firmware using internet directly from the UEFI panel. Some don’t have this facility. In that case, You will have to download the latest firmware to your hard drive or removable drive. Then, Use that to complete the update.
Steps to Update BIOS/UEFI:
1. During PC Boot up, you should see a small text on the screen indicating which button to press to enter the UEFI BIOS. In most cases, The button can be DEL, ESC, F12, F2, etc. However, Just boot up your PC and press the appropriate button.
2. Now, Find the proper option for BIOS update. You look for something like Flash Utility, BIOS Updater, etc. If you don’t find them in the front panel, see them in Advanced options or Tools.
3. When you launch the updater, it may promote you to choose from two options how you want to update. One is using the internet, and another one is from removable or local storage. Just select the appropriate option.
4. You may want to use the internet connection to update UEFI firmware. So, Connect the ethernet cable to your PC. In some cases, You may need to provide IP, Subnet Mask, etc. to connect to the internet. After connecting to the internet, it will automatically check for the latest update and download the newest firmware. Then, It will update the BIOS automatically.
5. If you want to upgrade from local storage, you should make sure that you already have downloaded the latest firmware from the mainboard manufacturer website. However, Choose the downloaded firmware file from the UEFI panel and open it. Now, It will ask your permission to start the update process. Just, Click on Yes or OK.
These are the basic instruction to update BIOS/UEFI. But, Be careful.
Risk of Updating UEFI and BIOS:
Sometimes, Windows update breaks your system. It is very normal to some users. After that, you can reinstall windows or take other steps to overcome the situation. But, UEFI and BIOS updates are critical. It has a risk. If you do anything wrong, it may bring permanent damage to your system. As a result, The motherboard may become unusable.
You should not try to cancel the update process once started. It can brick your motherboard. You also should be careful when you are downloading the firmware. You should be 100% sure that you are downloading the appropriate software. Because flashing your board with wrong firmware can damage it. Updating BIOS/UEFI is like flashing an android device with custom ROM. So, It always has the risk. So, Many experts recommend not to update it if there is not an emergency.
If you want to flash your PC BIOS/UEFI with the latest firmware, these suggestions can be helpful for you. Don’t be afraid, Just go ahead. It can bring performance improvement and bug fixes. But, It also has some risks. So, Don’t make any mistake.