How can I find out BIOS version in Windows without rebooting the system? I would gladly spare finding out the shortcut to enter BIOS and search in BIOS.
I'm curious as to what you'd need it for that you don't need to restart, and that you'd trust windows to tell you what it is.– MazuraMay 5, 2018 at 1:21
Press Win + R & enter
Then you can navigate and look for all kinds of information, including the BIOS version.
3In fact, since Windows Vista, pressing the Win key and typing msinfo32 will also work. May 4, 2018 at 17:47
1@AndreasRejbrand Run is faster though. You might have to wait up to 3 seconds because the indexing for Windows search is the worst IMO (at least until Win7). May 4, 2018 at 19:36
@AhmedAbdelhameed: I know. On my Windows 7 PC, though, it is very fast. But I also have a Windows 10 PC, and there - for some reason - it is much slower. May 4, 2018 at 20:34
1"It works on my machine"– Mom344Jan 29, 2019 at 13:00
You also can find out your BIOS version on
wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion
It will return only the version.
msinfo32 will provide you all the information about the BIOS.
A black window appears but it vanishes as quickly as it appears. I wonder what could be added to the command line to make this "DOS screen" stay. May 3, 2018 at 19:03
8@CopperKettle You should use the command line, not the run box. You'll want
cmd /k "wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion"for that. May 3, 2018 at 19:18
As a third option using Powershell:
You can find the other possible properties by piping Get-WmiObject win32_bios to get-member to show the other possible properties.
You don't have to type "select SMBIOSBIOSversion" just read it from the line! Nonetheless +1 good answer! May 5, 2018 at 3:06
Ah, I added that part after checking to see what information the OP was seeking, and didn't catch that it was visible by default, since there's a lot of information that Powershell doesn't show by default.– DavidwMay 5, 2018 at 6:54
I have found a registry key containing the BIOS version, which could be useful if you need to access this information from some software:
Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\ | Select SystemBiosVersion(With more detail) or
Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\BIOS\ | Select BIOSVersion(Just raw version string same as @Davidw 's answer)– ZhenhirMay 4, 2018 at 8:51
+1 Good for the first! But plz descripe also how! Open CMD ->
systeminfo | findstr /I /c:bios->
wmic bios get manufacturer, smbiosbiosversion->
reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\BIOS-> view for "BIOSVersion" May 5, 2018 at 3:14
If you like to use third-party software ...
CPU-Z can do this :
Of course there are several other tools that can give you this information, you just have to Google for System information software!