BIOS updates are an integral part of every modern PC maintenance. New BIOS (the correct name in newer PCs is UEFI) versions often bring new features, support for new CPUs, bug fixes, stability, and overclocking improvements. Before you update your BIOS or even look for a new version, it is wise to know how to find the current BIOS version.
How to Find BIOS Version on Windows 10?
There are several ways to find the BIOS version in Windows 10 (this also applies to Windows 11, when it is out later this year.) The first thing that may come to your mind is to restart a computer and enter the BIOS. And that is true. That is probably the most popular way to check the BIOS version number in Windows 10.
If you know the keyboard that opens BIOS during the startup, use it to enter BIOS. If you do not know the correct key, do the following:
- Open Windows Settings.
- Go to Update and Security > Recovery.
- Find the Advanced startup section and press the Restart now button.
- On the next blue screen, press Troubleshoot > Advanced Option > UEFI Firmware Settings.
- Click Restart.
After entering BIOS, look for the System Status or a similar section with short information about your computer. Manufacturers often put the BIOS version on a visible spot right on the main page.
Check BIOS Version from Windows 10
There is no need to enter BIOS to find what BIOS version your PC is currently using. There are several ways to check the BIOS version using Command prompt and other default utilities in Windows 10.
Tip. If your motherboard vendor provides dedicated software for managing drivers, use it to check BIOS version and updates.
Option 1. Msinfo32
- Press Win + R and enter msinfo32.
- On the System Summary tab, find the BIOS Version/Date.
Option 2. Check BIOS version with CMD
Open Command Prompt or PowerShell, then enter wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion. Press Enter, then Command Prompt will show you your current BIOS version.
Option 3. CPU-Z
CPU-Z is a wonderful free third-party tool that shows you detailed information about your CPU, motherboard, RAM, etc. It can also display the BIOS version and date. You can download a regular or portable version from the official website.
- Launch the program and wait for it to scan your PC and get all the data.
- Switch to the Mainboard tab.
- Find the BIOS section. There you will find the BIOS manufacturer, version, and release date.
Now you know how to check the BIOS version in Windows 10.
How to Check if BIOS is Up to Date?
Check your motherboard version, then go to the official manufacturer’s website. Find your model and look for the Support or Downloads section. There, find BIOS and check whether the manufacturer offers a newer version.
If the manufacturer provides diagnostic tools and utilities for downloading and updating drivers, use those. They often can check for BIOS updates and install them if available.