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Basic Input or Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is firmware that is embedded on the computer's system board or motherboard. Modern Dell computers are shipped with Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). BIOS or UEFI acts as an interface between the computer's hardware and the operating system.

How to update BIOS or UEFI video

Watch this video to learn how to update the BIOS or UEFI on a Dell computer.

Accessing the BIOS or UEFI

  1. Turn on the computer.
  2. At the Dell logo screen, press the F2 key several times until you enter the BIOS or System Setup.

    Dell logo splash screen
    Figure 1: Dell logo screen after turning on the computer.

    Alternatively, press the F12 key several times until you see the One Time Boot Menu and then select BIOS Setup or System Setup from the menu.

    One time boot menu on a Dell computer
    Figure 2: Boot options on the One Time Boot menu.

Navigating the BIOS or UEFI

The BIOS or UEFI interface may vary on your Dell computer. To learn how to navigate the BIOS or UEFI, go to //, identify your Dell computer, and see the user guide.

Example of BIOS interface on an OptiPlex 7050
Figure 3: Example of a BIOS or UEFI interface on OptiPlex 7050.

Example of BIOS interface on a Precision 5550
Figure 4: Example of a BIOS or UEFI interface on Precision 5550.

Updating the BIOS or UEFI

Updating the BIOS or UEFI, also known as "flashing the BIOS", replaces the BIOS firmware with the latest version. When updated successfully, a BIOS update can fix or enhance the computer's performance or support for newly installed hardware.

Dell provides an easy-to-use executable (.exe) file to update the BIOS to the latest version. To learn more, see Dell BIOS Updates for step-by-step instructions to download and install the latest BIOS.