Is it necessary to upgrade the BIOS on your computer?

Keeping your computer’s operating system and software up to date is critical. However, we’ve already discussed why you shouldn’t upgrade your hardware drivers in general, though gamers will undoubtedly want to update their graphics drivers. What about BIOS upgrades, though? 

BIOS updates will not make your computer quicker, will not bring new functionality that you require, and may cause problems. Only update your BIOS if the new version contains a required feature.

 

What’s a BIOS? 

 

The BIOS (basic input/output system) is an acronym for a basic input/output system. When you turn on your computer, the BIOS takes over and starts the power-on self-test (POST) before handing over control to the boot loader. This is how your computer’s operating system gets started. The BIOS is low-level system software that should “simple function” without interfering with your day-to-day activities. 

Instead of the classic BIOS, computers now come with UEFI firmware. UEFI is low-level system software that serves a similar purpose. 

Unlike your operating system