Yes, the process is not that complicated even though it is not easy either but there are so many things to you must get right, that it might seem overwhelming. We decided to help and share a list of best practices that will help you update the BIOS without problems from your very first try. If this is the first time you have heard about the BIOS or you don't know exactly what it is, read this article: In order to do that, you need to know the current BIOS version that is used by your computer.
There are many ways of learning the BIOS version and we have shared them in this article: To do that, you'll have to search the support page of the company that manufactured your computer if it is a prebuilt system from HP, Dell and others or your motherboard if it is not a branded computer. The manual you received for your computer or your motherboard should tell you what this website is.
Once you've landed on the manufacturer's support website, look for something like Drivers or Downloads. Because every computer or motherboard model has its own specific BIOS, you'll have to identify it exactly. The manufacturer's website usually offers more ways of doing that. You'll probably be able to use a search box, a list of products and models or an application that you can download and run to automatically find the appropriate BIOS version for your computer.
On the page with BIOS updates you might find more than one version available. Also, each version might be available in different formats, depending on the method that you choose for updating the BIOS. If an update for your BIOS is available, download the newest version, taking care to select the file corresponding to the method you plan to use to update it. Be sure to download the BIOS update for the exact model of your computer or motherboard and not another one.
These might give you very important information about the updating procedure and what you should do and not do. If possible, try to update your BIOS while using a reliable source of electricity. If you're updating the BIOS for a laptop or another portable device, make sure that its battery is fully charged. If you're doing it on a desktop computer, use an uninterruptible power supply if you have one. These precautions are necessary because only a small power fluctuation can corrupt the BIOS while it is being updated.
That can lead to an unusable computer. If you're updating the BIOS from Windows, it is preferable that you disable any running antivirus or security suite, so that it doesn't block anything during the update process. If such a feature is available, take advantage of it and backup your existing BIOS version before the upgrade.
In case something goes wrong with the update, the backup may be a lifesaver. Try it out and use it to backup the existing BIOS version. If this is what you chose, you should have one or more files downloaded to your computer.
Below you can see an example for what you should have in case you update an Asrock motherboard. Among these files, there should be an executable. Double click or tap to run the executable. Then, look for a button named Update, Flash, Run or something similar and click or tap on it. Once you've done that, all that you have to do is relax and watch your BIOS getting updated. In most cases, when the process is done, the updater will notify you that a system reboot is necessary.
If everything worked out well, the BIOS is now updated. You can now access it and tweak its settings to your liking. Then, reboot your system and boot from this drive. This can be simply the name of the BIOS file or it can be something similar to the command below: Some manufacturers include this feature. However, it bears a different name from one manufacturer to another.
This drive doesn't need to be bootable and there is no command you must run in order to start the updating process. When the update is finished, reboot your computer and you're done. Conclusion Updating the BIOS is not as difficult as it seems at first but it does require a bit of attention and care. If you mess up one tiny little detail, you will have lots of troubles to deal with. Also, things like a power failure during the update process can corrupt the BIOS and make your computer unusable.
These problems can only be repaired by specialized personnel in computer repair shops or by the manufacturer of your computer. Hopefully our guide has helped you go through this process smoothly and without issues.
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