How to Find What Version of BIOS HP I Have

By Jason Artman

Computer manufacturers often release firmware upgrades for their products to provide support for new hardware or resolve issues that are not discovered until those products have gone to market. The firmware for a computer is also called the Basic Input/Output System, or BIOS. It is stored on a rewritable chip, which is what makes firmware upgrades possible. If you have checked the HP support website and think that a BIOS update may be available for your computer, check the version of the existing BIOS before downloading the upgrade to make sure you do not already have the latest BIOS version.

Step 1

Click the Windows logo in the corner of the desktop to open the Start menu.

Step 2

Type "msinfo32" in the box labeled "Search programs and files" at the bottom of the menu. Press "Enter" or click "msinfo32.exe" when it appears on the list of search results.

Step 3

Click "System Summary" on the left side of the window.

Step 4

Examine the information displayed after "BIOS Version/Date" on the right side of the window. This area displays the current BIOS version, such as "Hewlett-Packard F.02," along with the BIOS firmware date.

Step 5

Close the "System Information" window to return to the desktop.