How to See Firmware on a Laptop

By Melly Parker

The method by which you access your laptop's firmware varies depending on whether your machine came with Windows 8 preinstalled or you upgraded a Windows 7 computer to Windows 8. A laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled has a firmware protocol called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface that you can access after the laptop is powered up. The latter uses traditional BIOS firmware and is accessed during the startup process. If you want to see which firmware your laptop is running, you can use a tool to check.

UEFI

Step 1

Type "UEFI" on the Start screen.

Step 2

Click "Settings," then click "Advanced Startup Options."

Step 3

Click "General," then choose "Restart now."

Step 4

Click "Troubleshoot," then click "Advanced Options."

Step 5

Click "UEFI Firmware Settings." Click "Restart" and the computer will reset and boot into the UEFI menu.

BIOS

Step 1

Shut down your laptop completely, then power it on.

Step 2

Look at the bottom of the startup screen for the button that launches BIOS. It varies depending on what model of laptop you're using.

Step 3

Press the key indicated by the startup screen -- "F2," "F12" or "Delete" are frequently used. Some computers will immediately launch to BIOS, while others will go through the Setup module.

Step 4

Highlight "Setup" if the option appears and then press "Enter." Scroll to BIOS and press "Enter."

Seeing the Firmware

Step 1

Hover over the upper right-hand corner until the search bar appears.

Step 2

Type "msinfo32" (without the quote marks).

Step 3

Click "msinfo32" and look at the list to find what version of BIOS or UEFI your laptop is running

Tips & Warnings

  • Making changes to BIOS can cause problems with your computer. Be sure to backup your information before changing anything.
  • The information in this article refers to laptop computers running Windows 8. Your results may vary with different hardware or software.