Firstly, if you don't know what a BIOS (Basic Input / Output System) is, we are talking about a low level system that just has to work, since it takes control of everything when you turn on your PC, starting a series of tests called Power-On Self Test or POST, and later (if all is well) passes the commands to the Boot Loader, which will boot the operating system installed on the PC, usually Windows 10 from Microsoft. In addition to this basic functionality, it is also in the BIOS that you will have access to various types of ‘hidden’ settings, which basically tell your computer how to work.
That said, nowadays it is much more common to find UEFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS, but the mission is exactly the same, it is a low-level piece of software that does exactly the same. However, unlike your PC's operating system that is installed on a storage drive, the BIOS is stored on a dedicated chip on your machine's motherboard.
Apart from introducing the path, does it make sense to update the BIOS?
In my opinion, as I said above, the BIOS just has to work.
So it only makes sense to touch this fragile component of the software that gives life to your machine if it is really necessary, namely to improve the compatibility of RAM, to bring support to a new processor you want to install, etc … Otherwise, if everything is working perfectly, forget that idea.
But let's see the advantages and disadvantages of this decision.
Reasons for not updating your PC's BIOS
Updating a BIOS has nothing to do with updating any software you use on a daily basis, that is, it will not bring new features, security patches or more performance. Usually, these updates bring minimal differences, a bug fix in a part that you may not even know existed, or added support for new hardware. (As is the case with support for Ryzen 3000 on B450 or X470 motherboards, for the CPU to work, the BIOS needs to be updated)
So, if your PC is working well, it probably doesn't make much sense to upgrade. Because, you may even end up with more bugs than those you had previously. Especially if you happen to make a mistake and install a version that was made for a different revision of your board.
In addition, the update process may not be as simple as that … So if you don't know what you're doing, forget about it. (Each manufacturer has its own way of installing a new BIOS) Ah … Something very important, if you happen to run out of light during the installation process, you can say goodbye to your motherboard.
Reasons to update your PC's BIOS
In the same way that we have reasons for not installing, we also have several reasons for doing so, otherwise the manufacturers would not bother to launch them publicly.
First, fix a bug that has been bothering you on your PC. In fact, it may even happen to contact technical support, and even mention a new BIOS version for your motherboard.
Second, support for new hardware like new generations of processors, as I said above.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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