The easiest way is to look in the user manual of your mainboard.
Additionally, the full model name –such as P5E3 Deluxe – is usually found somewhere on the board itself.
These days it's common to download an executable file which runs in Windows and updates the BIOS with only a couple of clicks.
The process is automatic and doesn't require you to type any commands at a prompt.
Sometimes you will need to update the BIOS in order for the motherboard to properly support a new processor or other hardware, or to fix bugs and improve stability or performance.
In most cases, nothing will go wrong at all, but it's important to know that there's an associated risk and not to treat the process too lightly.
Identifying your BIOS version is easy: hold down the Windows key R to bring up the Run command prompt and type in msinfo32.If everything applies, upgrading your BIOS is likely a worthwhile idea.Most update packages consist of a flash program which is responsible for the setup and the actual BIOS-Update, often accompanied by a text file of some sort detailing the release notes.Typically you won't need to as a PC or laptop will be set up to look for a removable disc or drive before trying to boot from the hard drive.Alternatively, look for a 'Press F10 for boot options' or similar as your computer is starting to bring up a list of drives.It's good to have a spare copy of all important files from your PC before you start.