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Read BIOS information from Windows without a reboot
The BIOS date and BIOS version of your PC (laptop or server) is normally displayed when the PC first starts up. It will be shown (if at all) immediately after turning the PC on and before Windows starts to load.
BIOS information (BIOS date and BIOS version at least) can be read whilst in Windows and without a reboot. This is because this information is available to be read from the Windows registry.
To see the BIOS information contained in the registry:
You should then be able to see the
View the motherboard type from Windows without opening the case
You can use the same technique to determine the motherboard manufacturer and version, as this information is also contained in the registry - at least from Windows Vista onwards. (So this does not work in Windows XP or earlier.)
Use Regedit to navigate down to:
You will then see available the manufacturer (either in the key
These notes have been tested with Windows Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
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