This document provides instructions for updating your computer to the latest BIOS version. All BIOS update files for Intel® Desktop Boards are available on Download Center.
Six methods of updating an Intel® Desktop Board BIOS to the latest version are offered. The number of options made available for any particular board varies depending on drive support and BIOS update file size. You only need to use one.
|Express BIOS Update||Download the .PDF|
|F7 BIOS Flash Update||Download the .PDF|
|iFlash BIOS Update||Download the .PDF|
|ISO Image BIOS Update||Download the .PDF|
|Recovery BIOS Update||Download the .PDF|
Other BIOS update instructions for unique boards:
|BIOS Update Launched From:||Express BIOS Update1||F7 BIOS Flash Update2||iFlash BIOS Update||ISO Image BIOS Update||Recovery BIOS Update|
|USB device (not bootable)||X||X|
|USB device (bootable)||X||X||X|
|CD (not bootable)||X||X|
1 The Express BIOS Update is the simplest and most common method of updating the BIOS.
2 The F7 BIOS Flash Update is available on Intel® Desktop Boards beginning in 2009. To see if your board supports this feature, in BIOS Setup, check the Boot > Boot Display Options menu for the setting Display F7 to Update BIOS.
3 The disk method is used only when the BIOS update files are small enough to fit on a disk (smaller than 1.44 MB) and if the desktop board includes disk drive support.
Identify your board
To identify your Intel® Desktop Board, see Identify your board using the Intel® board ID tool.
To identify your current BIOS version, check the BIOS version string:
- During boot, enter the BIOS setup by pressing F2.
- Check the Main menu.
- The third segment of the BIOS version string (a 4-digit number) is the current BIOS version.
- Press Escape to exit BIOS Setup.
Example of BIOS ID string showing the version number:
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