It might be useful to find the BIOS or UEFI firmware version in Windows 10 without restarting your PC. In this article, we will see all possible ways to do it without using a third party tool. Here we go.
You might want to find your current BIOS version in order to see if your device has the latest BIOS or UEFI firmware release installed. Before you continue, see How to tell if Windows 10 runs in UEFI mode or in the Legacy BIOS mode.
BIOS is a special software built into the computer's motherboard. It starts the operating system installed on the PC. It is also referred to as main board firmware.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a modern version of firmware created as a replacement for BIOS. It is intended to address the limitations of BIOS and make the initial hardware configuration more flexible and simple.
To find the BIOS or UEFI version in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open an elevated command prompt.
- Type the following command:
wmic BIOS get name, version, serialnumber
The command produces the following output:
See the version column in the output.
Alternatively, you can use the System Information built-in app to retrieve information about the current firmware installed in your hardware. Here is how it can be done.
Press the Win + R hotkeys together on the keyboard and type the following command in your Run box:
Tip: See the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
Hit the Enter key to open the System Information app.
Click the System Summary section on the left. Look at the BIOS Version/Date value in the right pane.
Finally, you can find your BIOS version in Registry. Note: This is not applicable to UEFI systems.
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following key:
Tip: See how to go to the desired registry key directly with one click.
- In the right pane, check out values named BIOSVersion and BIOSReleaseDate.
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