How to: Check BIOS version on Windows 10
Every PC has a BIOS chip on its motherboard, and you can access BIOS and change certain hardware settings with ease. BIOS is a crucial part of every PC, but sometimes you need to check which version of BIOS are you currently using, and today we’re going to show you how to do that on Windows 10.
How to check BIOS version on Windows 10
You usually need to check your version of BIOS if you’re planning to update it with a newer version. If you’re an advanced user, it’s always good to know which version of BIOS are you using in order to keep track of potential issues related to that version. Finding the version of BIOS that you’re currently using isn’t that hard on Windows 10, and you can do that by using one of our solutions.
How to – Check BIOS version on Windows 10
Solution 1 – Use Command Prompt
Command Prompt is an extremely powerful tool that allows you to make all sorts of changes to your system by using the command line. In addition to making changes, you can also use Command Prompt to view important system information, such as BIOS version for example. To check your BIOS version using Command Prompt you need to do the following:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list of results.
- When Command Prompt opens, enter wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion and press Enter.
- Now you should see SMBIOSBIOSVersion and the version of your BIOS in a new line. In our example, our version is 0507, but you’ll get different results on your PC.
Some users recommend to use systeminfo command. To do that, just start Command Prompt as administrator, type systeminfo and press Enter. You should now see all sorts of system information. Look for BIOS Version value to see the version of your BIOS.
As you can see, checking your BIOS version with Command Prompt is relatively simple, and you can do that simply by entering one command.
Solution 2 – Use System Information tool
System Information tool contains all sorts of useful information regarding your PC. Using this tool you can see information related to both your hardware and software. This also includes the BIOS version, and in order to see what version of BIOS are your currently using, you need to do the following:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter system information. Select System Information from the list of results.
- When System Information window opens, select System Summary in the left pane. In right pane look for BIOS Version/Date. In our case our BIOS version is 0507.
This method might be simpler for some users, and it also shows additional information regarding your BIOS such as the type of BIOS that you’re using along with its version. Using System Information tool you’ll get access to more information regarding your system and BIOS, so be sure to try it out.
Solution 3 – Use BIOS
You can check your version of BIOS simply by accessing BIOS itself. Accessing BIOS is simple and you just need to keep pressing Del, F2, F10 or F12 key on your keyboard while your system boots. To see which key you need to press in order to access BIOS we advise you to check your motherboard manual. Your PC might also tell you to press a specific key in order to access SETUP during the boot sequence, so keep an eye for that message.
If you can’t access BIOS by using these methods, you’ll need to do the following:
- Open Start Menu and click the Power button. Hold the Shift key and click Restart.
- You’ll see three options available. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings.
- Click the Restart button.
- Your PC will now restart and you’ll access BIOS.
After you manage to enter BIOS, you need to check its version. To do that, simply navigate to Main tab and look for BIOS Version value. This value can sometimes be hidden depending on your type of BIOS, so you’ll have to look for it a bit.
Solution 4 – Use Registry Editor
When Windows 10 starts, information regarding BIOS is stored in your registry and you can easily access it by opening Registry Editor. This is a powerful tool that can be used to change your system configuration, but today we’re going to use it just to view information. To start Registry Editor, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit.
- When Registry Editor opens, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\BIOS key in the left pane.
- In right pane locate BIOSVersion value. This value represents your BIOS version. In our case it’s 0507, but it should be different on your system.
- Optional: Some users are recommending to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\ key and check SystemBiosVersion value.
You can also double click SystemBiosVersion value to see all the necessary information.
Solution 5 – Use DXDiag
DXDiag is DirectX Diagnostic tool, and this tool is designed to help you fix DirectX issues. In addition, this tool will collect information regarding your hardware, display and audio drivers. This tool will also show you your BIOS version, and you can see it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter dxdiag. Press Enter or click OK.
- When DXDiag opens, navigate to System tab and look for BIOS section. It should hold the necessary information regarding BIOS version.
Solution 6 – Check the POST screen
When you turn on your PC, your computer will perform a quick hardware scan. During that process certain computer information such as CPU type, amount of RAM and your graphic card information will appear on the screen. In addition, there might some information regarding your BIOS version on the top of the screen, so keep a close eye. Depending on your settings, this information might be on the screen for a second or two, so you’ll need to look closely and write down your BIOS version.
Few users suggest that you can keep the system information visible simply by pressing Esc or Tab key while your system boots. In addition, you might be able to pause POST process simply by pressing the Pause key on your keyboard, so be sure to try that as well.
Solution 7 – Use BIOS update tool
If you’re looking for the version of your BIOS, you’re most likely planning to update it. Updating BIOS is an advanced procedure, but many motherboard manufacturers provide a special tool that you can use to update your BIOS easily. Many of these tools will show you the current version of BIOS, so you can easily know which version you need to install. If you don’t plan to update your BIOS, be sure to avoid any BIOS update tools and use any other solution to find out your BIOS version.
Solution 8 – Use PowerShell
PowerShell is a command line tool similar to Command Prompt, but it has more power than Command Prompt. This is extremely powerful tool that can do all sorts of things. You can create automated scripts with it or remove core Windows 10 components. You can also use PowerShell to check your BIOS version. To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter powershell. Select Windows PowerShell from the list of results.
- When PowerShell starts, enter Get-WmiObject win32_bios and press Enter to run it.
- List of information will now appear. Look for SMBIOSBIOSVersion value. This value represents the version of your BIOS.
Solution 9 – Use third-party tools
According to users, you can easily find your version of BIOS by using third-party tools such as Speccy or CPU-Z. Both of these apps have BIOS section and in there you can see all the necessary information regarding your BIOS, including the version of BIOS.
Checking your version of BIOS on Windows 10 is relatively easy, and you can do that simply by using any of the methods that we shown you in this article.
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