A lot of computer users might have never updated their computer’s BIOS software. However, sometimes you may need to. BIOS is basically a set of codes placed on a chip located on the motherboard of your system.
When you turn on your computer or when it boots, BIOS will provide it with necessary instructions about the location of the OS and other things.
So, BIOS is a pretty important software on your computer. And in certain cases like when your system has a bug or isn’t working properly, you might require updating your BIOS to a newer version.
In this article, we’ll cover detailed steps on how to update your Windows BIOS software along with related discussions.
Note: Please be very careful while updating the BIOS software on your computer. Any power failure or system crash could lead to the BIOS firmware getting corrupted. This might make your system unusable.
What is BIOS software?
BIOS is short for Basic Input Output System. The BIOS software is a major element that plays an important role in the operation of your computer system. It invokes or prompts the OS to start up when the system is being switched on. You’ll find it embedded in a chip of the motherboard and so is closely linked to it.
The BIOS can be thought of as the very first responder of your computer that activates your operating system. It also enables the connection of your system with several applications and programs installed on the computer.
It’s clear that BIOS is a very important part of your system’s functioning and updating it time and again will improve the responsiveness of your computer. Moreover, it will also help you resolve any existing bugs in your system.
What is a BIOS Software Update?
BIOS updates are not huge updates, rather these are small ones and won’t be much noticeable as the large system updates. Also, you don’t need to update BIOS as often as other Windows updates. Moreover, you do not need to update BIOS if you don’t want to or if there isn’t a requirement for the same.
These updates won’t increase the speed of your operating system but these would surely improve its performance. For example, if your Windows OS isn’t functioning normally, you might need to update your BIOS to the latest version. But, if there isn’t any problem with your system, then, a BIOS update isn’t needed at all.
When do I need to update BIOS software?
Updating your BIOS software can fix many bugs and enhance several features of your computer. Generally, the following three cases might require you to upgrade your BIOS:
- Bugs in the system: If your system is already showing bugs and things are not running as smoothly as they should, you might need to update the BIOS of your computer to resolve these issues.
- CPU hardware upgrades: In case you have recently changed or upgraded the processors of your computer, you should consider updating the BIOS. This is needed to ensure that the motherboard and CPU can work together smoothly because the BIOS is embedded in the motherboard only.
- Hardware not working properly: If your RAM/ CPU is causing problems, you should consider updating BIOS to troubleshoot them.
Updating BIOS is one of the efficient troubleshooting methods that you should do. However, if you aren’t facing any of the above troubles with your computer, then you might not need to update the BIOS software.
How to update the BIOS software on Windows 10?
Method 1: Via Windows 10
Given below are the steps you need to follow to update BIOS via Windows:
Step 1. Visit the official website of your system’s brand that contains the driver updates. For example, if you have an HP laptop, visit the official HP software and driver downloads website.
Step 2. Under the model number field, enter the model name of your laptop or PC and hit Enter.
Step 3. The search results will show the model that matches your system. Click on it and the support page for the respective model will come up.
Step 4. Navigate to and select the name of the operating system you noted down earlier.
Step 5. From the result list given below, click (+) sign beside the BIOS category.
Step 6. The BIOS list will expand now, and you will be able to see the new BIOS versions available for your system. However, if the BIOS versions in the list are older than the one you already have on your system, that means your system has the latest version of BIOS.
Step 7. Once the download is finished, save and close other applications. Also, you should temporarily disable the antivirus software installed on your PC at this point. Then, run the downloaded BIOS setup.
Step 8. Hit Next and then accept the agreement. Click on Next and now, the setup file will be extracted. Copy the extraction path to the clipboard. Hit on “Next.”
Step 9: After the extraction is completed, hit on Windows key + E. Then, in the explorer window, paste the address path you copied and hit Enter.
Step 10. Run the file and then select “Initiate BIOS update on this system.” Hit “OK”. Now, follow and confirm the on-screen instructions and wait for the procedure to complete.
Don’t switch off your laptop during the update and also keep the AC adapter connected. Moreover, don’t interrupt the update procedure once it starts.
Method 2: Using a Bootable USB Flash Drive
Your USB should have 1GB of storage or less to update your BIOS via a USB. Here are the steps you need to follow to update your BIOS with a bootable USB.
Step 1. Continuously tap the F10 key to access the BIOS settings menu. Some computers might need you to press the F2 or F6 key. When you enter the setup, find your BIOS in the main menu under BIOS Revision.
Step 2. Now, visit the website that has the driver downloads for your laptop. For HP laptops, visit this site.
Step 3. Enter your system’s model number and type in your computer’s model name that you can find from the body of your laptop or computer. Hit Enter.
Step 4. From the search results, select the model name that matches your laptop/computer model.
Step 5. Select the name of your operating system.
Step 6. A list will come up containing the BIOS version. If you don’t find one, then your system’s version is the only BIOS available for your laptop/CPU.
Step 7. If the BIOS version given on the website is newer than the one you currently have. Now, click on the “Download” button. But, if the given BIOS versions are older than yours, then you already have the latest BIOS version available.
Step 8. Save the settings and close other applications. Also, disable your antivirus for as long as you execute this procedure. Run the new version of the BIOS setup.
Step 9. Hit on Next and accept the agreement that comes up. Then, click on Next and your setup will start getting extracted. Now, copy the extraction path and click on Next.
Step 10. Once the extraction procedure is finished, press Windows key + E. Then, go to the explorer window and paste the copied file path in the address bar.
Step 11. Run the extracted file and make sure no USB flash drive is attached while doing so.
Step 12. Click on the “Create a bootable USB disk on key” option and click on OK.
Step 13. Now, attach a USB flash drive and back up all the data when the message appears “Insert the USB to be formatted.” Click on “OK.” This will create a recovery USB flash drive.
Step 14. Hit “Yes” to format USB. Now, from the USB Disk Storage Format Tool Window, click on File System. A dropdown menu will appear, choose FAT32. Click on “Start.”
The process will start and once done, you will get a confirmation message. Click on “Confirm” to close all windows.
Step 15. Attach your USB to your target system. Turn on your system. Press the Esc button to enter the Startup Menu. Click on “Boot device options.” A list will come up, choose your USB drive (navigate to it using the Enter key).
Step 16. Now, follow and confirm the on-screen instructions. Wait patiently for the process to be completed.
If the BIOS update is successful, your system will automatically restart after 30 seconds and complete the procedure. Else, if the BIOS update fails, an error message will come up stating that the update did not go very well.
Your system might run a BIOS recovery procedure after being restarted. Don’t attempt to manually restart or even turn off the system if the BIOS update fails. If the situation doesn’t resolve on its own, consult an IT technician or the HP support team to help you with the same.
How To Check the BIOS Version Installed in Your Computer?
Updating your BIOS Version requires you to know which version you currently have installed on your Windows 10. This is needed to compare and check if there is a newer and updated version of BIOS available for your system processor.
You can easily find out your processor’s BIOS version number and date via the following steps:
Step 1. Click on the search bar located towards the bottom left of your screen beside the Start menu button.
Step 2. Type in “Control Panel.”
Step 3. When you enter the control panel, left-click on “Administrative Tools.” If you can’t find the same, just type in “Administrative Tools” in the search bar of the Control Panel in the top right of the screen.
Step 4. Click on “System Information.” Now, the System Information window contains a lot of information about your device and its operating system. Here, you’ll find the BIOS version, date, and the BIOS mode.
Take note of the BIOS version installed in your operating system and later when you visit the official download website of HP, you can simply compare your BIOS version to that of the available ones. If there are newer versions available, you need to update the BIOS, otherwise, you don’t need to.
How To Find Your System’s Serial/Model Number?
If you have gone through the above procedure to update your BIOS, you must have noticed that one of the things it requires is your PC/laptop’s serial model or serial number. Given below are all the physical places on or around your computer where you could find your serial number:
- Under the laptop or on the backside edges.
- In the compartment of the removable battery (if present)
- Behind the display, if you have an all-in-one PC
- The underside of the stand
- On the sides, if you have a desktop or PC.
You could find the serial or model number of your HP laptop/desktop from the control panel too. Here’s how:
Step 1. Click on the search bar of your system located beside the Start button on your toolbar.
Step 2. Then, type in “Command Prompt” and click on the first result that appears.
Step 3. Now, in the command console, type in “wmic bios get serialnumber.” Then, hit the Enter button.
That was all from our side about updating BIOS software on Windows PCs and laptops. In case none of the aforementioned ways to update your BIOS worked for you, use one of the 10 Best PC Cleaner Tools for Windows to scan all repositories of your system.
It will find and replace corrupt or missing files. If the problem is due to some kind of system file corruption, this will hopefully work. Moreover, if you are not sure about the BIOS update, contact the HP support team or some IT professional to help you with the issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an HP BIOS update?
Hewlett Packard (HP) BIOS update refers to downloading and installing an updated version of the BIOS software on your OS. It is used to fix any bug or error with your system and enhance the features of your computer’s performance.
Is HP BIOS update normal?
Yes, it is absolutely normal to update your BIOS. However, make sure that you don’t download and install any wrong update or version of the BIOS. Otherwise, you could be harming your system rather than enhancing it.
Is it good to update BIOS?
If your system has been showing problems, bugs or you have upgraded the processor, or if some hardware has malfunctioned, you should consider updating BIOS. Also, it is recommended by HP professionals as a way to troubleshoot such problems. But, you shouldn’t update if your system is running smoothly and doesn’t have any issues. You might be causing more harm than good when you mess with a computer that’s running perfectly.
What happens after the HP BIOS update?
After the update, your system will reboot a couple of times. So, you need to keep it connected to the power adapter and also keep the computer turned on. Don’t attempt to leave midway or turn it off at any point during the process.