The Operating System on your computer makes the hardware function accordingly. But, ever wondered what causes a computer to start initially? Because, before switching to the machine there is no OS or any other program running. The answer to this is Basic Input and Output System or popularly known as BIOS chip that resides on the motherboard of your desktop or laptop. Here we will discuss how to Update BIOS in your PC.
The BIOS chip gives a kick to start the machine every time you press that power button. And, besides providing initial power supply, it also helps in affording security to the machine.
To be more specific, the BIOS chip is a Firmware that helps in initializing the power supply to the CPU, GPU, and Motherboard of your computer.
But, in the recent years, the motherboard manufacturing companies in collaboration with Microsoft and Intel has successfully replaced the old conventional BIOS chip with a new and more advanced chipset, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).
All the latest laptops or desktops nowadays contain the UEFI chip but people often refer it as BIOS chip. The sole purpose of both the chips is same but the later has some advanced features.
Should You Update BIOS or Not?
Now, this BIOS needs to be updated on a regular basis as it upgrades the functioning of the chipset along with fixing the bugs. The main reason for which you should update BIOS on a regular interval is that at the time of manufacturing the motherboard, the firmware installed in the chipset by the company might get backdated as compared to the latest hardware (CPU, GPU, etc) used in the computer.
Let us assume a situation wherein a computer, the software and the hardware used is all latest and updated but the firmware (the BIOS chipset) used is an older version; therefore, the computer will not function as it was meant to be until and unless you update BIOS.
Updating the firmware will not only fix the bugs but also helps in improving the efficiency of the computer. Computer Firmware is as essential as the software and the hardware components in your desktops or laptops.
What is a firmware?
Firmware is basically a program that helps in maintaining the smooth relationship between the hardware and the OS or other software. It also helps in starting up the device by providing the initial instructions and power supply to the computer components.
If there launches any new hardware component in the market and it supports the architecture of your device, then it’s quite evident that you tend to buy and replace the existing component for better performance.
Similarly, if there comes any new version of the operating system or an update for the existing operating system then also you don’t want to miss the chance and immediately click to update your system. The same goes with the BIOS chip too.
You must try and find out if there is any new update from the motherboard manufacturing company regarding the chipset of your computer. If you find any, do not ignore or delay it, download them immediately and install them to your computer as you do for the hardware and software.
If your BIOS are too old and backdated, then you might face some serious malfunctioning of the device. So, you must not take this issue for granted because sooner or later, the obsolete BIOS chip will deliberately make your computer good for nothing.
How to Update BIOS?
To update BIOS, you need to be careful and must follow the steps that we are going to discuss in the later part of this article. There are some specific ways, following which you will be successfully able to update BIOS and if you don’t follow them, your computer might stop working or make the files corrupt.
And alongside, it will also hamper the CPU, GPU; reduce the processor clock speed, black out the screen of your monitor; the OS might get corrupt and stop working, and many more severe problems.
Therefore, we strictly suggest that you carry out the process under the supervision of any professional or technically skilled person, even if you follow our steps also, it is highly recommended that you perform the task under a matured guidance. You can update BIOS for the following versions of your Windows PC. (for both 32-bits and 64-bits)
- Windows Vista & Windows XP
- Windows 7, 8, 8.1
- And, Windows 10
Remember one thing, the process to update BIOS are same for all the versions of the OS.
Do Remember These Things Before Update BIOS
Before we start listing out the steps, here are some tips that have to be taken special care.
- Make sure your laptop is fully charged and if not then you must plug-in the charger to a ceaseless power supply (current supply). The same goes for the desktop also, make sure the computer is connected to a continuous power supply.
- You have to close all the running applications before you update your BIOS. This will make sure that there will be no interruption in between while updating the BIOS. You need to make the antivirus also disable. The BIOS updating process cannot bear any startling errors caused due to other applications.
- You must connect to the internet as you will need to download the updates from the official website of the motherboard manufacturing company.
So, make sure that your device is in connection to a constant power supply and along with that no other program should be running on your computer. And an Ethernet connection is a must.
Update Your BIOS in 5 Simple Steps
Navigate to Start Menu>>Search Box (type System Information)>>System Summary. The BIOS version of your computer will display just below the Processor details.
Click on the Save or Backup button. It is very much essential to have a back up of your current version of the BIOS. The backup or save option is a built-in feature in most of the computers. The major companies like Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, and other brands.
You’ll need to go the motherboard’s official website and find the latest version to update the BIOS. You can also find this on other trusted websites. However, we recommend it less as it would be better if you go to the official site of the company. Click on Download to download the latest BIOS.
After you complete the download, click on Run to install and update your BIOS on your computer. Now click the Confirm button to proceed further.
Once you complete the installation, you will have to reboot your PC. However, in case it does not restart your computer or just do it by itself or shutdown it.
Note: – These are the general steps that you can apply to any leading computer manufacturing brands to Update your BIOS.
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