Need for Checking BIOS Version in Windows® XP
Need for Checking BIOS Version Windows® XP
BIOS is the short form of Basic Input/output System. It is the first piece of code run at the startup of your PC. The primary function of the BIOS is to load the operating system. Once your PC with Windows® XP installed is started, the BIOS checks for the firmware connected to the PC. It checks for the proper existence of all the hardware such as video and sound cards, hard drives etc. BIOS is run while the system is on Power On Self Test (POST) mode and the RAM is counted. BIOS can be checked and updated to improve the performance of your system or to have more options. Updating the BIOS version will help Windows® XP to utilize its hardware features more effectively.
Following article discusses about how to check for BIOS in Windows® XP-based PC:
- From the System Information Dialog Box
- From the Windows® registry
- By Rebooting the Computer or By Using a Third-Party Software
From the System Information Dialog Box Information
System information dialog box shows all the information you need to know about your system including the hardware and software features. Click “Run” on the Start menu and type in 'winmsd'. The 'System information' dialog box will appear. Click on the 'System Summary' section. You will get an option called 'BIOS Version/Date'. Here you can see the BIOS version of your Windows® XP-based system as well as the date of its installation.
From the Windows® registry
Windows® registry acts as a database to store the system configurations of the Microsoft® Windows® based systems. It contains all the information including the system components and applications running on the system. Go to start menu and run 'regedit'. Look up the 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE' folder to get 'Hardware' options. Open the 'Description' folder and go to 'System'. You can find different information regarding the BIOS like the System Bios Version and System Bios Date.
The simplest and usual method of getting the BIOS version is by restarting your computer. BIOS version is usually shown on startup. You can also access the BIOS settings by entering the 'Setup'. The system will ask you to press a certain key ('Del' key or 'F12') to enter BIOS Settings during startup. This is always shown before The Windows® XP is loaded. Another option is to use third-party software which can track the BIOS version of your Windows® XP-based system. These software can be downloaded and installed in your system. One such software is “Everest”.