How to find BIOS details with Command Prompt and Powershell [Tip]

The BIOS is the Basic Input and Output System that is one of the most essential desktop programs. This is software that manages connections between your hardware devices. Motherboard manufacturers bring out BIOS updates, but you’ll need to check your existing BIOS version before updating. This is how you can find BIOS details with the Command Prompt and Powershell.

Enter cmd in the Windows Start Menu search box or Run to open the Command Prompt below. Enter the following wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion. When you press Return, that will show you your BIOS version in the Command Prompt window as below.

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If you require further BIOS details, input systeminfo | findstr /I /c:bios into the Command Prompt. That will find extra details for the BIOS such as publisher and release data as shown in the shot below.

BIOS2You can also find BIOS details with Powershell. Enter Powershell in the Start Menu search box or Run to open the window below. Then input Get-WmiObject win32_bios and press Return. That will then show you BIOS info as below. That’s the best way to find BIOS details, which gives you details for the BIOS manufacturer, version, name and serial number.

BIOSSo now you can quickly find BIOS info with both the Command Prompt and Powershell. Then you can upgrade your BIOS by finding the support page of your desktop’s manufacturer. There you’ll find a section for BIOS updates.

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  • Ashraf

    [@Cyclone] Both worked just fine for me. What Windows are you on?

  • CJ Cotter

    sgrams, in the past, I’ve attacked Matthew for his articles………but today, yours is worse than his.

    First, you tell us about a marvelous program that is better than what Matthew writes about, but then……you tell us that the free version is no longer available.
    Second, you reluctantly suggest the pricey shareware version.
    Finally, you provide a link to a page that says that the freeware program is still available. Their download link doesn’t work.

    sgrams, please tell us how you have contributed to the betterment of our computer lives more than Matthew. I am holding my breath in anticipation of your answer.

  • Cyclone

    The 1st command worked but the second did not. This is what I rec;d:
    ‘Get-WmiObject’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

  • sgrams

    I appreciate the tips, however for this one I find using SIW more convenient

    http://downloads.tomsguide.com/SIW,0301-3552.html

    though this version still works I see the very latest edition is no longer free and I think a little pricey for the common person.