How to know the version of the BIOS without leaving Windows
If you have any hardware problems with the computer, which, in your opinion, can be solved by installing the latest BIOS, the first thing you need to do is to find the current BIOS version. And only after that you should go to the manufacturer website for your motherboard to check for a newer BIOS version. But how to know BIOS version? Read about it right here.
Important: the BIOS Update may lead to tragic consequences. If you are an inexperienced user, or you have everything working properly, you should not even think about it. If during the update process something goes wrong, you can get completely non-working PC. Keep this in mind.
Indeed, when the computer is working fine you don’t need to worry about updating the BIOS. But sometimes it is really necessary, for example, when there are to be problems that can be solved just like that. And in some cases a BIOS update is produced in order to obtain new opportunities, including launching virtual machines using Hyper-V.
I often see, when you go into the BIOS only to find out its version. It’s uncomfortable, but there are easier ways to find out the BIOS version. Here are some of them.
The first easy and convenient way is through free utilities. These tools quite a lot, but I prefer to use Speccy. The programme was developed by company Piriform, which is behind the popular CCleaner.
Download and install Speccy. Run the tool and wait until it will analyze your system. This process will take a few seconds. Next, navigate to «motherboard» to see your version of the BIOS. In the screenshot below you can see that I have this FB.
Use the Windows registry
If you feel like a fish in water when working with the Windows registry, press the Windows logo key + R to open dialog box «Run» and then type «regedit» and press Enter.
Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEHARDWAREDESCRIPTIONBIOS and in the right part of the window, note the parameter value «BIOSVersion». In my example it FB – the same that showed the program Speccy.
Use the command line
This is perhaps the fastest way to know the BIOS version. Just open a command prompt and type:
wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion
Next, press Enter.
The following image shows how this simple command really allows you to see the BIOS version.
Now that you know the BIOS version, you can go to the manufacturer website of the motherboard and see if there’s a newer version. Personally, I have flashed the latest version.
I’m not going to describe the BIOS update process, since each motherboard it may differ significantly. But, as a rule, all manufacturers offer a corresponding instruction, where you will find the necessary instructions. Read them carefully and do everything exactly as written. Success!