How do I Remove a CR2032 From the Motherboard?

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How do I Remove a CR2032 From the Motherboard?
The CR2032 is the large coin cell battery. (motherboard image by jovica antoski from

A CR2032 is a battery that attaches to your motherboard. The CR2032 is the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) battery, which is used to save your basic input/output system (BIOS) settings. If your CR2032 has gone bad, it is time to replace it with a working battery. Removing the CR2032 from your motherboard will require the use of a screwdriver, and will take about 10 minutes to complete.

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Turn off your desktop computer and remove the power cord.

  2. 2

    Remove the side of your computer case by removing the two screws in the back.

  3. 3

    Examine your motherboard and locate the CR2032 battery. You will find it usually on the left-hand side of your motherboard.

  4. 4

    Pry the battery out with your fingers and remove the CR2032 from your motherboard.

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