Update your BIOS in just 10 minutes

Via the BIOS you can change all kinds of settings of your computer. With a few tricks, you can update your BIOS to the most recent version. This may be necessary if you encounter certain problems on your PC. However, be aware that a BIOS update is not without risk!

BIOS

The BIOS or basic input output system ensures that your PC can boot before the operating system is ready. The BIOS initializes critical hardware components and then searches the storage media for an operating system.

Your BIOS stores basic computer settings about your computer hardware. This way your BIOS 'knows' which hard drive is present in your system and what the first boot device is (whether you boot from a USB stick or directly from your hard drive or SSD). Unfortunately, updating your BIOS is more complicated than updating a driver.

Laptop

Download and install the Speccy program. This program allows you to peek under the hood of your computer without opening the device. It is available as a free version, as well as a supported version for professional users. At about 6.5 MB, it's quite light, but it packs in quite a bit of system information.

click on Motherboard and look at BIOS which BIOS version is present. Updating your BIOS varies from computer to computer. There is also a difference between laptops and desktop PCs. First of all, the laptop users: you need to know what brand and type of laptop you have. With this information, you go to the laptop manufacturer's website. You can download the latest BIOS version from technical support.

Motherboard

If you have a desktop PC from a well-known brand (for example an HP or Dell), you can follow the same procedure as laptop users. If you have a home-built PC or one from the corner computer store, read on. Look in Speccy at Motherboard and note the manufacturer (manufacturer), the model and also the version just to be sure. The current BIOS version can be found under BIOS. With this information, you can look for a more recent BIOS version on the motherboard manufacturer's website.

Updating your BIOS is never without risk, but most of the time it goes well. Search the manufacturer's site for the installation method and read the installation procedure of the new BIOS version very carefully and perform it carefully. If you screw up your BIOS, your computer won't boot.

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