In previous article, I mentioned IIS Not Found in Windows 11 (Install IIS in windows 11) but now in this article, I have mentioned how to check BIOS version using CMD or using Registery
BIOS means Basic Input and Output System, and it is the firmware interface that helps the hardware of a computer to interact with the Operating system. You may need to check your BIOS version to know if there are available updates, even though updating the BIOS is not a common practice.
You can check your BIOS version in the system's setup, but you will need to reboot your PC. There are many other ways of finding a computer's BIOS version, and this post will teach you how to check it with the command prompt.
How To Check Your BIOS Version with the Command Prompt
You can check your BIOS version without turning off your PC from the command prompt. The steps below will guide you on how to do it. It is advisable to pay attention to do it right.
Step 1: Command Prompt
You can open the command prompt by searching for it with the Windows search button.
- Click the search button on your taskbar.
- Type cmd in the search field.
- Click on the command prompt icon in the search result or click on Run as Administrator.
Alternatively, you can use the Windows Run utility program as follows:
- Open the Run utility program by pressing the windows button + R, or you can right-click on the start icon on the taskbar and select Run from the context menu.
- When the Run window, type cmd in the text field and press the Enter button on your keyboard. You can also click OK in the Run window.
Step 2: User Control Request
Before the command prompt opens, the system will seek your permission for the app to make changes to the computer if you choose the Run as Administrator option. You can grant the user control permission, and you can also choose not to. However, the process will stop if you do not permit the request. Therefore, click yes, and the process will continue.
Step 3: Enter the Command
Now in the command prompt? If not, something is wrong, and you may need to repeat the process above. If yes, proceed by typing the command below, and then press enter to continue:
wmic bios get manufacturer, smbiosbiosversion
Step 4: Locate the Version
Wait a few minutes for the command prompt result to display. Then you can locate your BIOS version on the screen under SMBIOSBIOSVersion.
Other Methods of Checking BIOS Version
You can check your BIOS version using several methods other than the command prompt. Some of these methods include: using the Registry Editor, the BIOS settings, and third-party applications. Let us see the steps to do it with the Registry Editor.
Check Your BIOS Version from the Registry Editor
You can check the BIOS version from the Registry Editor as follows:
Step 1: Open Run
Open the Run utility program by pressing the windows button +R on your keyboard or by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Run from the context menu.
Step 2: Open the Registry Editor
Open the registry editor by typing Regedit in the Run utility text field and pressing the Enter button on your keyboard. You can also click the OK button on the screen. A permission request prompt will pop up, and click on Yes to grant the permission.
Step 3: Navigate the Registry Editor
Navigate the Registry Editor by following the path below on the left side of the window: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\BIOS
You can also copy and paste the path into the address bar on the page.
Step 4: Locate the BIOS Version
Click on the BIOS folder, and its contents will display on the right side of the window. Locate BIOSVersion in the name column, and the data that corresponds to it is your BIOS version.
If you need to check your BIOS version, you can do it easily in the Command prompt with the steps in this post. However, you can also use the Registry Editor or check the BIOS settings.
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