How to Install BIOS Updates

Flashing or updating your BIOS can give your computer new features or correct consistent computer problems. While installing BIOS updates is a fairly simple task, installing the incorrect update or installing the update incorrectly will make your motherboard unusable. Many motherboard and computer manufacturers now include Windows-based flash BIOS programs. If your computer includes such a program, open it and follow the on-screen prompts. You should only flash your BIOS if you need to enable newly supported features on your motherboard or if you are experiencing BIOS-related problems with your computer.

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Only install a BIOS created for your motherboard and computer.

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Verify that you have the correct BIOS update for your specific motherboard by visiting your computer or motherboard manufacturer's website. Read all instructions provided by your manufacturer.

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Close all programs. Double-click the file you downloaded. Access the "readme.txt" if available.

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Follow the on-screen prompts. Extract the files if the BIOS update is included in a ZIP file. Allow the built-in Windows-based updater to process the BIOS update if available.

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Insert a blank floppy disk or USB flash drive. Copy the files to a floppy disk or a USB flash drive. Include boot disk files, if necessary. Restart the computer.

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Enter your BIOS by pressing the appropriate key as shown on-screen immediately after restarting your computer.

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Navigate to the "Advanced Boot Options," and choose to boot first from floppy drive or USB drive, depending on your configuration if you must use a boot disk. Navigate to the BIOS Tools or to the appropriate menu in the BIOS and begin the flash process otherwise. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process. Save and exit.

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Allow your computer to boot into DOS if you are using a boot disk. Type the commands as specified by your computer or motherboard manufacturer to begin updating your BIOS.

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Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the BIOS update.