Windows® XP BIOS Update
Advantages of updating the BIOS in a Windows® XP computer
BIOS (the basic input/output system) is a firmware that allows a motherboard to boot, test basic system devices to ensure that they are working properly and prepare the system for booting up the operating system stored on the computer's hard drive. It is a piece of software built into the PC motherboard, which gets executed at boot up. The BIOS initializes the hardware and then starts the operating system. It determines what a computer can do without accessing programs from a disk. On PCs, the BIOS contains all the code required to control the keyboard, display screen, disk drives, serial communications, and a number of miscellaneous functions. Updating the BIOS will change the software/ BIOS information so as to install a new one preferably provided by the manufacturer. BIOS updates are performed to add compatibility to your system and to fix bugs. Flashing BIOS even increases system performance.
Various tips to update the BIOS in a Windows® XP system are as follows:
- Download from the manufacturer’s site
- Check whether BIOS update is necessary
- Look for latest BIOS version
Download from the manufacturer’s site
It is the best way to upgrade your system BIOS. Motherboard manufactures often improve the motherboard and updates the BIOS. They give the latest updates in their websites for their costumers to download. You can download the latest updates from the authorized providers as third-party upgrades and drivers often cause system instability. Getting installation files from private parties also pose the risk of security threats.
Check whether BIOS update is necessary
There are various reasons that might force you for a BIOS update. But always consider BIOS update as the last resort to solve the issue as it is a very complex process. If system is working properly even without a BIOS upgrade, you can avoid upgrading BIOS. But if you are facing problems with system boot up or having real trouble with some hardware, you can opt for a BIOS update.
When you update the BIOS, look for the latest release. The latest BIOS programs have lots of new features that are not included in the older versions. The latest features of the BIOS include: update video option ROM to version 1235, improve keyboard parser functionality, add service tag edit feature in setup, and improve detach support for USB keyboards. So always look for latest BIOS version before you update the BIOS.