Find Your Computer’s BIOS Version From The Command Line

Find Your Computer’s BIOS Version From The Command Line

The next time you update your PC or try to troubleshoot compatibility problems, you’ll may need to know your current BIOS. You could reboot the computer, but it’s much easier to use the Windows command line utility.

In the command prompt window type:

wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion

You’ll get back the computer’s BIOS version. It’s that easy, no reboot necessary!

Note that if you type the command and get a “not recognised” error, you’ll need to navigate to the following directory: X:windowssystem32wbem, where “X” is the drive letter of your Windows install.

How to Find Your Computer’s BIOS Version the Easy Way [groovyPost]


  • Seriously? This is an article?

    Start -> Run -> Powershell -> “GWMI WIN32_BIOS”

    Works far better, from anywhere, with more information. And can be done on remote computers with the same command….

  • It might be worth pointing out the general power of WMI, and associated commands – not just for the BIOS version.

    You can pull out just about any kind of information you need using wmic, and the right alias. It’s extremely useful in applications like SCCM as well.

  • WMIC is rather powerful, and can be even used to extract service tags from Dell machines for automated collection or for repairing machines where the ST is missing and the screen is cracked (which is what I use it for)

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