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How to enable ASUS motherboard BIOS (UEFI) Dynamic Lighting for Windows 11


ASUS is testing a BIOS (UEFI) update for its AMD 600 and Intel 700 series motherboards that brings support for Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11. Dynamic Lighting allows you to control the RGB lighting of computer components and accessories from the Settings app without the need for third-party tools.

Microsoft created this feature to resolve (or minimize) the fragmentation of proprietary software you have to install to control different LED lighting, such as those available on mice, desk mats, keyboards, monitors, motherboards, graphics cards, and countless others.

The update that ASUS is testing adds a new “Windows Dynamic Lighting” option in the “Advanced Mode” page for the “UEFI BIOS Utility” experience for AMD and Intel boards. Once enabled, the motherboard will appear as a customizable component from the “Dynamic Lighting” settings page.

In this guide, I will outline the steps to update the BISO for ASUS AMD 600 and Intel 700 series motherboards to the beta version. I’m also including the steps to access the firmware experience to enable the feature and the steps to configure Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11.

Warning: Although updating the BIOS is sometimes recommended, it should only be done if absolutely necessary, as this process can cause problems if it’s not done correctly. Also, firmware updates can include bugs and other issues that may affect the computer’s functionality, especially when using beta versions. You have been warned.

Enable Dynamic Lighting on ASUS UEFI (BIOS)

To use the Dynamic Lighting feature on Windows 11 with ASUS motherboards, you have to download and install the latest UEFI BIOS update, access the firmware advanced mode to enable the feature, and then, you have to change the lighting effects and brightness from the Settings app.

1. Download ASUS BIOS beta update

To download the beta version of the ASUS BIOS, use these steps:

  1. Open the ASUS forum page for AMD 600 or Intel 700 series motherboard.

  2. Click on the link for the beta version of the BIOS update for your motherboard.

    ASUS BIOS update list

    Quick note: Choosing and installing the wrong firmware can brick your computer, rendering it unusable.

  3. Click the Download button to save the file to your computer.

    ASUS BIOS beta download

  4. Connect a USB flash drive to your computer.

  5. Open File Explorer.

  6. Open This PC.

  7. Right-click the USB flash drive and select the Format option.

  8. Choose the FAT32 option for the “File System” setting.

    Windows 11 USB format FAT32

  9. Click the Start button.

  10. Click the OK button to confirm.

  11. Open the folder location containing the ASUS BIOS update file.

  12. Right-click the file and choose the Extract All option.

  13. Click the Extract button.

    Extract BIOS file on Windows 11

  14. Right-click the “.CAP” file and select the Copy option.

    Copy CAP BIOS file

  15. Open the recently formatted USB flash drive.

  16. Click the Paste button from the command bar.

Once you complete these steps, you can proceed to apply the beta version of the update for your motherboard.

2. Install ASUS BIOS beta update

To install a BIOS update on your ASUS computer, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Recovery page.

  4. Click the Restart now button for the “Advanced startup” setting.

    Advanced startup restart now option

  5. Click the Restart now button again.

  6. Click on Troubleshoot.

  7. Click on Advanced options.

  8. Click the UEFI Firmware settings option.

    UEFI firmware settings

  9. Click the Restart button.

  10. Press the F7 key to access the ASUS BIOS advanced mode.

  11. Click the Tools tab.

  12. Click on ASUS EZ Flash. (The name of the tool may be slightly different.)

    ASUS EZ flash tool for BIOS UEFI

  13. Select the BIOS file on the USB flash drive.

    Quick note: It’s critical to remember not to interrupt the process under any circumstances, as doing so could brick the motherboard.

  14. Choose the update file.

  15. Click the Yes button.

  16. Click the Yes button again.

  17. Click the Yes button one more time to proceed with the update.

    Quick note: It’s important to always update to a newer version instead of an older one.

After you complete the steps, don’t touch anything, don’t move the mouse, or mess around with the computer. Just let the process do its thing. This process could take a long time. Also, the device will restart a bunch of times, so don’t do anything until the computer is back into the BIOS or loads Windows.

Once the update is complete, you can proceed with the steps to enable the feature to control the motherboard lighting from Windows 11 without the Armoury Create software.

3. Enable Dynamic Lighting in UEFI

To enable Windows Dynamic Lighting on ASUS motherboards, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Recovery page.

  4. Click the Restart now button for the “Advanced startup” setting.

    Advanced startup restart now option

  5. Click the Restart now button again.

  6. Click on Troubleshoot.

  7. Click on Advanced options.

  8. Click the UEFI Firmware settings option.

    UEFI firmware settings

  9. Click the Restart button.

  10. Press the F7 key to access the ASUS BIOS advanced mode.

  11. Click the Advanced tab.

  12. Choose the Enabled option for the “Windows Dynamic Lighting” setting under the “LED lighting” section.

    ASUS BIOS UEFI enable Dynamic Lighting
    ASUS BIOS UEFI enable Dynamic Lighting / Image: @tomwarren

  13. Click the Exit tab.

  14. Save the BIOS settings and restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will reboot, and you can proceed to enable and configure Dynamic Lighting.

4. Configure Dynamic Lighting on Windows 11

To configure Dynamic Lighting for ASUS AMD 600 and Intel 700 series boards, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Dynamic Lighting tab.

  4. Confirm the compatible RGB devices connected to your computer.

  5. Turn on the “Use Dynamic Lighting on my devices” toggle switch to enable the RGB controls (if applicable).

    Dynamic Lighting enabled

  6. (Option 1) Click on the ASUS icon in the Dynamic Lighting-compatible devices list to configure the brightness, color, and effects for the motherboard only.

  7. (Option 2) Configure the main page’s brightness levels, colors, and effects to configure the settings globally.

    Dynamic Lighting configuration

After completing the steps, the motherboard will display the effects with the selected brightness level.

Although I’m focusing this guide on ASUS motherboards, ASRock is another company that has been pushing updates for its Intel 600/700 series, AMD AM4 B550/X570, and AM5 X670/B650/A620 motherboards to support Dynamic Lighting since 2023.



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