How to update the BIOS on a motherboard or laptop


If you are here, it means you are considering a BIOS update for your laptop or desktop motherboard. Before we begin, we must warn you to be careful. If you update your BIOS incorrectly or push an incompatible version, you could render your computer inoperable. Without a properly functioning compatible basic input/output system, your computer won’t be able to start, let alone run. It’s usually not a good idea to update your BIOS manually unless it’s part of a Windows update. If you’re still ready to update your computer’s BIOS, here’s how to update the BIOS on your computer.

Read more: How to Change Windows Boot Drive in BIOS

QUICK RESPONSE

To update your computer’s BIOS, visit your motherboard or laptop’s website. support page. Download the correct BIOS file, then install it according to the motherboard or laptop manufacturer’s instructions. This process is subjective and differs from OEM to OEM.


ACCESS KEY SECTIONS

Should I update my BIOS?

Probably not.

Updating your BIOS is not like updating your phone from Android 12 to Android 13 or something like that. This is not an OS update. You’re tinkering with the very thing that controls your computer’s ability to power on, as well as how the operating system interacts with components attached to the motherboard.

Here’s the rule of thumb: only update your BIOS if you absolutely have to. If there is something critical in the operation of your computer, or if you need a specific function enabled by the update, you may consider a BIOS update. For example, I recently updated the BIOS firmware on my MSI B450 motherboard, as I was upgrading to AMD’s latest Ryzen 7 5800X3D chip. This chip is only compatible with the latest BIOS version, so I had to update my BIOS. Before that, I had never touched the BIOS.

You should not update your BIOS beyond the version shipped with your computer unless absolutely necessary.

If you have resolved all other possible issues and are still determined to update your BIOS, you have been notified. Let’s see how to update your computer’s BIOS.

How to Check Your Motherboard (or Laptop Model)

BIOS updates are OEM specific. This means that the process for updating your BIOS will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, the way you update the BIOS on an MSI motherboard requires you to boot into their proprietary “M-FLASH” mode with your new version on a USB drive. This is different from other types of motherboards, where all you have to do is click Open New File. Other times, BIOS updates are pushed through Windows Update.

There is no “one way to rule them all” in terms of BIOS updates. All manufacturers are different.

Whatever the situation, you need to know your motherboard information. This way, you can access the appropriate support page and find the correct BIOS update for your system.

Open the The start menu and, in the search bar, type “system information”. Click on the System information program to launch it.

Your motherboard information is displayed next to skirting board manufacturer, skirting productand Base map version. BaseBoard, in this case, is exactly the same as a motherboard.

What if I have a laptop?

Laptops are assembled by OEMs (like Dell, HP, and Acer), so you should visit the OEM’s support page. As such, you need to know your laptop model and manufacturer.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Almost every OEM has their own BIOS update utility. As such, you can visit your laptop manufacturer’s main support page to search for a BIOS update utility, which will automatically read your computer’s current version and find the correct BIOS update for you. you.

Your laptop’s name and model number can also be found in System Information. Open the The start menu and go to System information.

Look for your laptop model next to System model.

How to Check Your BIOS Version/Date

When you go to the support page for your motherboard or laptop, you will see all available BIOS files. As such, you’ll want to know which version you’re currently running, so you can download and apply the correct update rather than your current (or older) BIOS file.

Open your The start menu and go to System information.

Locate it Bios version/date field to check your current BIOS version. You’ll need to know this so you don’t download that exact BIOS file (or an older one) from the support page.

How to update your computer’s BIOS

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Go to the support page for your motherboard or laptop. If you’re on the main support page, narrow the results down to your specific motherboard or laptop model.

From there, navigate to the BIOS section and locate the BIOS update you wish to apply. Download the file, then unzip/extract it.

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From now on, you are alone. On your motherboard or laptop’s support page, you’ll find instructions on how to properly install the new BIOS update. This article explains how to determine everything you need to access the correct BIOS file, but we can’t tell you how to install that exact file because there are countless types of laptops and motherboards, and the process of BIOS flashing is subjective. This means that it is different for each product. For example, as mentioned earlier, the way you update the BIOS on an MSI motherboard requires you to boot into proprietary “M-FLASH” mode with your new version on a USB drive. This is similar to how you do it for most Intel motherboards. However, for laptops and other types of motherboards, there are different procedures.

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FAQs

Some motherboard manufacturers and OEMs release BIOS updates through Windows Update (usually as an optional driver update, but in rare cases a mandatory update).

Work computers on corporate networks typically use Microsoft Intune, a tool that allows IT administrators to control which computers on their network receive which updates. These computers would use “Windows Update for Business”. These usually have a delayed rollout schedule compared to the normal Windows Update.