Windows® 7 BIOS update
Do you want to update BIOS in your Windows 7-based computer?
BIOS or Basic Input-Output System is a program which is embedded on a motherboard. It can control attached hardware and provides the operating system with information about hardware. BIOS is designed to support a specific range of components. It is typically an EEPROM or Electronically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory. It is programmed as firmware and has the ability to save small amounts of information specific to user configuration. BIOS is also referred to as system firmware. If you want to see the BIOS version and date, you need to go 'Start' button, 'All programs,' 'Accessories,' 'System tools' and then click 'System information.' Please click on 'System summary' in the left pane and look under 'BIOS version/date' in the right pane to view the BIOS manufacturer, version number and the date the BIOS was released.
Need to update BIOS in a Windows 7 system and the ways to update it are discussed below:
- How to update BIOS
- Issues while updating BIOS
- Need of updating BIOS
How to update BIOS
All BIOS components are serviceable via a firmware upgrade which is known as flashing. This process is known as updating BIOS. The updating procedures are depending on the BIOS manufacturer. You need to check the information that came with your computer or go to the computer manufacturer's website. You have to verify version numbers and whether an update is necessary. You need to determine the system’s origin. There are many methods for updating BIOS such as booting the system from the hard disk, floppy disk; CD or USB thumb drive. You need to backup your existing BIOS. You need to run the downloaded installer or application executable for the BIOS updating software.
Issues while updating BIOS
You have to make sure that you are following the manufacturer's instructions exactly while updating the BIOS. Because if any error occurs, your system could be rendered inoperable. The updating process should be carried out carefully since any power fluctuation may irrevocably corrupt a BIOS firmware. You need to take great care in order to safely accomplish this process. You need to choose the correct BIOS files for your desktop.
By updating your old BIOS, you can fix many problems that you are facing. Nowadays release of new BIOS updates by the motherboard manufacturers is more frequent than in the past for including new features such as additional CPUs, faster or new memory, additional plug and play devices, faster or new peripheral interfaces and for using new Operating Systems. The main reason for updating the BIOS is to fix problems in the earlier BIOS.
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