The BIOS, a system that was so important in the age of popularization of the personal computer, will be permanently retired from 2020. Intel has confirmed the plan to eliminate any support for the technology from the date, requiring the use of a more modern alternative , called UEFI Class 3.
For those who do not know, the BIOS was the firmware used on old PCs, responsible for making the computer turn on and allowing the operating system to go live, as well as all the hardware involved in the process of using the machine; without it, the PC became useless. Modern computers have already adopted the UEFI standard, but still maintain BIOS support for specific cases of people who had to run software that depended on the old technology.
However, Intel believes it’s time to look ahead. The company says it will abandon BIOS support and demand UEFI Class 3, with the move reaching both personal computers and datacenter processors.
With the transition, Intel will disable any process of its users using the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) to disable UEFI and use the BIOS. The company says it also plans to eliminate components that do not support UEFI, so drivers and peripherals will work without requiring CSM.