Generally, when we talk about important updates such as the BIOS, it is necessary to restart the system so that the changes can take effect and, in fact, in many cases this type of updates must take place before the boot of the system itself. So how can a BIOS update take effect without restarting the computer?
Intel makes it possible to update the BIOS without restarting the PC
At the moment, Intel has not provided any relevant technical data on this process that would allow updating the PC’s BIOS from the operating system and without having to reboot, and in fact they have not even disclosed the principles of implementation. In any case, if the manufacturer manages to make this possible, we will be facing a historical technical advance and very useful especially for users who need to stay online without interruptions, but especially for professional users who own servers and who need to keep them running for as long as possible to avoid service outages.
This information comes in the latest Linux kernel patch, in which Intel engineers have proposed this new method which they have called “Seamless Update” and which would not only update the BIOS without rebooting, but also the firmware of the devices. computer hardware components. This technology will debut alongside server processors Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids next generation, and will arrive in the first half of next year if there are no delays.
At the moment it is unknown if this technology will be used for the Windows operating system and for end consumers or if on the contrary, it will be only for scalable processors for professional environments. As we have mentioned before, Intel has not provided any technical information so far and, in fact, it is even possible that they will not be able to carry it out satisfactorily.
Do we consumers need this technology?
Generally not. “Ordinary” users do not usually update the PC BIOS frequently, but rather sporadically when they update some hardware component or when the system is giving them some kind of problem. The same happens with the firmware of the devices, because although it is more advisable to update it with a certain frequency, in reality we do not do it and we limit ourselves to keeping the drivers updated, at most.
However, evolving in technology and allowing applying BIOS or firmware updates without the need to restart is, of course, a great advance that, precisely, could lead to consumers not being so reluctant to update; After all, if the process is so simple that even inexperienced users will be able to do it without complications and we also don’t even have to restart the PC, why not do it?
They could even integrate BIOS updates with automatic Windows updates in the future, making things even easier so that consumers don’t have to worry about a thing and still keep their system up-to-date to ensure the best functionality, compatibility and avoid vulnerabilities.