Updating my motherboard
That’s handy if you don’t have a USB stick to hand, but we prefer to play it safe with a trusty USB stick.
The finer details of the BIOS update process do vary between manufacturers, but the basics are the same whoever has built the slab of printed circuit board inhabiting your PC. DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR PC until you are 100% sure the update has finished.
Unlike the operating system, the BIOS is low-level software that is stored on a chip on the motherboard of the computer.
In order to update this low-level software, you normally have to “flash the BIOS“, which will replace the old software with the new version.
Now that I’ve explained the reasons for and against updating your BIOS, let’s talk about how to figure out whether there is an update for your BIOS.
If not, then you should simply stick with your current BIOS because the new BIOS won’t make any difference and could actually cause more problems.
For example, a BIOS update may help solve an overheating issue.
Also, many BIOS updates are released that simply support new hardware like a new CPU model or graphics card.
This will make it easier to find when you’re looking for it later, and please remember not to rename the file at all or your PC will get confused.
Your manufacturer’s UEFI may allow for you to download and install a BIOS update file straight from the web from within the interface.