The benefits of updating your PC’s BIOS are often understated. After all, updating it is pretty scary if something goes wrong, your PC can become a paperweight.
That, in addition to the perceived lack of notable benefits, means that many people aren’t actively doing so unless they actually need to.
In reality, frequent BIOS updates are issued for a reason. Here are some of the main reasons you should let go of your fears and finally pull the trigger on that BIOS update you’ve been putting off for so long.
One of the main reasons people update their BIOS is simple. With a BIOS update, you can use the hardware you previously weren’t able to use.
The most common example of this is CPUs. While new CPUs launch every one or two years, CPU sockets tend to last more than that. And while the socket might be the same, you can’t take an old motherboard and put a newer CPU on it and expect it to work out of the box. Instead, motherboards are made compatible with those chips after the fact by issuing a BIOS update for them.
BIOS updates can also add support for other hardware upgrades, like RAM. Basically, if a newer component, whatever it might be, fits and can be installed on your computer, but doesn’t work correctly, there’s a very real chance (depending on the motherboard maker, of course) that there’s a BIOS update that can fix it.
Then, we have security updates. The mention of the words “security” and “patch” in a software update makes some people immediately snooze, and we can understand why. But the importance of keeping your PC secure in this day and age cannot be unrated.
Sure, we don’t interact with our BIOS a lot other than when it’s strictly necessary. Updating your BIOS is important to keep your operating system secure, you also need to keep what’s underneath secure.
A secure operating system should keep away any possible threats, and it often does, but if something malicious does find its way into your motherboard, things can go haywire pretty quickly. BIOS tampering, as well as boot sector viruses, exist, and they can cause a lot of damage to your PC.
A vulnerability may be found during a BIOS update, and the update fixes that vulnerability.
Of course, most security updates are minor, and they’re not likely to affect you. But it’s never a bad idea to double down on your PC’s security.
Finally, this is more of a minor reason, but it’s still important, as it can occasionally be a nuisance depending on the system.
The BIOS often goes untouched for years in most people’s PCs, but it really shouldn’t.Keep in mind that while our arguments above are true, it’s still good practice to update it if there’s an update available, even if nothing is affecting you right now.Don’t wait until it becomes a nuisance!