The benefits of updating your computer’s BIOS are often underestimated. After all, the update process is quite intimidating – if something goes wrong, your computer can become paper-heavy. This, combined with the perceived lack of noticeable benefits, means that many people don’t actively do it unless they really need to.
In fact, frequent BIOS updates are released for a reason. Here are some of the main reasons why you should let go of your fears and finally hit the trigger on a BIOS update you’ve been putting off for so long.
1. Additional hardware support
One of the main reasons why people update their BIOS is simple – with a BIOS update, you can use hardware that you weren’t able to use previously.
The most common example of this is CPUs. While new CPUs come in every year or two, CPU sockets tend to last longer. And while the socket may be the same, you can’t use an old motherboard and put a newer CPU on it and expect it to work out of the box. Instead, motherboards became compatible with those chips after the fact by releasing a BIOS update to them.
Thanks to BIOS updates, AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboards purchased in 2017 have been able to enjoy several generations of new AMD CPUs, making it possible to upgrade from a first-generation Ryzen CPU to the powerful Ryzen 5000 series without changing the motherboard. or most devices. . Intel is more prone to switching sockets, as is usually the case every couple of years, but if you have a 12th Gen Intel CPU and want to upgrade your PC to 13th Gen, you can still do so with a BIOS update. Of course, there are features that support these chips that these motherboards don’t have, such as PCI Express Gen 4 support, but the chip will work with your computer, which is what you want.
BIOS updates can also add support for other hardware upgrades, such as RAM. Basically, if a newer component, whatever it is, fits and can be installed on your computer but isn’t working properly, there’s a very real chance (depending on the motherboard manufacturer, of course) that there’s a BIOS update that can fix it.
2. Security updates
Next, we have security updates. The mention of “security” and “patch” in a software update makes some people fall asleep right away, and we can understand why. But the importance of keeping your computer safe in this day and age cannot be understated.
Sure, we don’t interact with our BIOS that much except when it’s absolutely necessary. And the operating system your computer is running on, whether it’s Windows 11 or something else, is updated frequently. But just as it is important to keep your operating system secure, you also need to keep what’s underneath secure. A secure operating system should keep away from any potential threats, and it often does, but if something malicious finds its way onto the motherboard, things can go wrong very quickly. There are tampering with the BIOS, as well as boot sector viruses, and they can cause a lot of damage to your computer.
If a BIOS security update is released, it is most likely for a reason. A vulnerability has been found, and the update fixes that vulnerability. An example is the BIOS update released to hundreds of Lenovo laptops, to fix a few vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to read SMM memory or execute arbitrary code. Of course, most security updates are minor, and they are not likely to affect you. But it is never a good idea to double the security of your computer.
3. Stability improvements
Finally, this is a minor cause, but still an important one, as it can be a nuisance at times depending on the system.
Bugs and other problems are often found and fixed at the BIOS level on motherboards. Sure, we don’t interact with our BIOS much, but it doesn’t sound like you’d notice it there if you did. Alternatively, BIOS issues can express themselves in other ways.
For one, they can manifest as system/application errors, slowness, non-working peripheral/hardware components, or even blue screens of death/kernel panics on your operating system. If you notice an annoying problem with your computer that persists over the course of several updates (even though you’ve reported it hundreds of times) and hasn’t been fixed in some way, you might want to check and see if it’s a BIOS-level issue, and if there’s an update It resolves this issue.
Should you update your BIOS?
If there is an update available for your BIOS, which is something you can reliably do right now, by all means go ahead. We highly recommend it – it will help you boost your system and make it work better all around. Most people think their experience is not affected by BIOS updates, but somewhere down the road, things could go wrong, and you’ll need to do it anyway. Something might break, or maybe you’ll have a bad problem. So why not do it now? You may even find that your computer has a handy BIOS flash button.
Consider the “Something you can do reliably now” part. BIOS updates are time-consuming and nerve-wracking, with tense minutes where you can’t even touch your PC. If your computer shuts down, the game may be over. If your motherboard does not have a BIOS Flashback option, there is no way to bring it back from the dead.
So when you update your BIOS, be sure to take some time and keep an eye on it.
BIOS updates are more important than you think
The BIOS often remains unchanged for years in most people’s PCs, but that shouldn’t be done. Keep in mind that while our arguments above are valid, it’s still a good practice to update if an update is available, even if nothing is affecting you at the moment.
Don’t wait to become a nuisance!