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Windows 7: Update my bios, should I or leave it?

06 Aug 2014   #1
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Update my bios, should I or leave it?

I'm using ASUS BIOS version:

http://i.imgur.com/FvPQweZ.png


If I should update will that not cause problems with my hardware that maybe doesn't work with latest version?


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06 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

It shouldn't cause problems if:

1: The BIOS is well written and not buggy.

2: You update it successfully.

My question would be: what's the advantage of updating, when there is some chance of conditions 1 and 2 not being met?

If there is even a slight chance of it not going well, why would you take any chance at all? You're taking a risk. For what reward?

If you just want to do it or can't help yourself or are just hoping it fixes some problem, go ahead.

Personally, I'd want a good reason to take the risk, such as having an issue that the BIOS is known to fix.
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06 Aug 2014   #3
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Well I keep my Windows up to date without any reward so I thought maybe its best to update the BIOS too as people say its good to keep your BIOS up to date.

I'm not having any BIOS issue at the moment so I guess I shouldn't update but if I ever should need to it would be useful to know what version to pick? How it works? the risk if failure screwing up the pc?
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06 Aug 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Well I keep my Windows up to date without any reward so I thought maybe its best to update the BIOS too as people say its good to keep your BIOS up to date.

Updating Windows isn't a good analogy for updating the BIOS. The rewards for updating Windows are normally not obvious---you update and don't see any difference, but you are probably avoiding issues in the future by doing it.

You can typically recover easily from a Windows Update if necessary. Not so with a BIOS update that goes bad.

I don't hear most people say "its good to keep your BIOS up to date". Some people update mostly because they heard it's a good idea without investigating or because they are obsessive/compulsive to some degree.

It's like drivers. Some people insist on getting the newest drivers when the current driver is working well without issues. But drivers can be easily rolled back.



I'm not having any BIOS issue at the moment so I guess I shouldn't update but if I ever should need to it would be useful to know what version to pick? How it works? the risk if failure screwing up the pc?

If you are having problem X, you should look at the notes for the newer BIOSes and pick one with notes that say something like "fixes problem X".

It takes 5 or 10 minutes. The onscreen instructions are often not clear. You could easily make a mistake. If it goes bad, you either need to get a new motherboard or pay to have a new BIOS chip installed, which is probably more trouble than simply replacing the board.

If you don't have a power failure and in fact understand the instructions, it should go well. But it's a pointless exercise if you don't get an obvious benefit---a problem disappears, you can use some different hardware that you want to buy, whatever.

I've done it a number of times. Once or twice I needed to do it to fix problems or support new hardware. The other times I did it because I enjoy temptation and was willing to take the risk for no known benefit. Foolish, but I did it successfully. It fixed nothing as I was having no issues. I'm as obsessive/compulsive as the next guy.


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06 Aug 2014   #5
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The Old adage "If it ain't broke don't fix it" applies to a BIOS.

However, does the new BIOS version add a feature or support for new hardware that you need? and/or does it fix a problem you have? If yes then the BIOS upgrade should be considered. But it ifs no then its not needed.
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