Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is one of the most important components on your laptop or desktop computer because this firmware is what makes it possible for the software to interact with the hardware.
In a nutshell, the UEFI firmware instructs the system to perform some basic functions like starting up, and it also finds and configures the hardware like processor, memory, hard drive, and others so (in this case) Windows 11 can boot. UEFI is similar to BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), but it has been designed to provide greater security features and overcome the limitations of the older technology, such as large hard driver support, faster boot times, and more.
Typically, this type of firmware does not receive updates frequently, but sometimes device makers (for example, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and all the others) may have to release a patch to fix bugs, improve stability, support new processors, or new features on Windows 11.
If you have a computer that has UEFI firmware, it’s a good idea to find out the version to determine if you need to apply a new update to address problems or improve the functionality of your computer.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to check the UEFI version on Windows 11, and what you need to do to install the new version.
Check UEFI version on Windows 11
To check the UEFI version on Windows 11:
Open Start on Windows 11.
Search for System Information, and click the top result to open the app.Quick tip: Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command, and type msinfo32, and click OK to open System Information.
Click on System Summary.
Check the BIOS Mode information to determine the system is using UEFI.
Check the BIOS Version/Date information to confirm the UEFI version on Windows 11 and the installation date.
Once you complete the steps, if the installation date is longer than a year, chances are that your manufacturer may have a newer update available.
Update UEFI version on Windows 11
To find out if there is an update available for your PC’s UEFI firmware, you have to refer to the steps mentioned above to see your device “System Manufacturer” and “System Model”, and then use that information to check your manufacturer’s support website to confirm if there is a newer update.
Typically, you need to locate the page of your motherboard (or device model for branded devices like Dell or HP) and then check for a section with information about the BIOS or UEFI update. This is an example of BIOS updates available for an X399 motherboard from ASRock.
On the page, you will see links to download the update and a link to the specific instructions to update the UEFI for this particular board.
If there is a new update, check the latest version available against the version installed on your device. In the case, the version is greater than the one you have, then go ahead and download the update.
The UEFI update process is not the same for every computer. As a result, you need to find and follow the instructions outlined by the manufacturer available on the support website.
Usually, it’s just a matter of double-clicking an executable (.exe) file and following the on-screen directions. However, before the update, make sure to close all running applications, and if you are working on a laptop, keep it plugged into a power source. Although most of the time it is safe to update your system’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, if the computer loses power or you interfere with the process, it could make the computer unusable.
Other times, you will need to create a bootable media containing the ROM files that you can use to start the computer and apply the update.