Updating your firmware
For example, MSI “strongly recommends” using their BIOS-based menu option instead of their Windows-based utility in the README file of the sample BIOS update we downloaded.Flashing your BIOS from within Windows can result in more problems.All that software running in the background—including security programs that may interfere with writing to the computer’s BIOS—can cause the process to fail and corrupt your BIOS.Any system crashes or freezes might also result in a corrupted BIOS.This will render your computer unbootable—it’ll be “bricked.” Your computer’s BIOS version is displayed in the BIOS setup menu itself, but you don’t have to reboot to check this version number.There are several ways to see your BIOS version from within Windows, and they work the same on PCs with a traditional BIOS or a newer UEFI firmware.You then restart your computer and boot from the USB drive.
We don’t recommend using these, and even many manufacturers who provide these tools caution against using them.
Some manufacturers offer a BIOS-flashing option directly in their BIOS, or as a special key-press option when you boot the computer.
You copy the BIOS file to a USB drive, reboot your computer, and then enter the BIOS or UEFI screen.
You probably shouldn’t update your BIOS, but sometimes you need to.
Here’s how to check what BIOS version your computer is using and flash that new BIOS version onto your motherboard as quickly and safely as possible. If your computer freezes, crashes, or loses power during the process, the BIOS or UEFI firmware may be corrupted.