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Windows 7: BIOS Update cancelled, computer won't start

23 Aug 2011   #11
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
.... I've never seen/heard of an "auto" update for a motherboard BIOS...


Proof enough for you?
OK, but does it "auto" update? Meaning does it download and install itself without user action? That's what I mean when I say auto.

Contrast that to Windows Update which "automatically" updates the OS (provided you allow this), but will never "automatically" updates drivers, and does not include BIOS updates.

Anyway my point is the automatically updating a BIOS without user intervention.


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23 Aug 2011   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Add me to the club of "never saw it before" There had to be some kind of user intervention to cause a BIOS to update. What if the laptop was running on battery and didn't have enough juice to get through it?

I've used many HP laptops in the past, but I'll be the first to say they get wiped clean and none of the bloatware gets reinstalled. I wouldn't need a software app updating drivers or the BIOS for me. OEM's make that process simple enough already.

That all being said, you should have let the update go through, rather than canel in the middle. It looks like you'll be getting an RMA (hopefully) to return your laptop.
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23 Aug 2011   #13
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
.... I've never seen/heard of an "auto" update for a motherboard BIOS...
Proof enough for you?
Is the BIOS update for the EFI BIOS partition on the Hd Drive, or the BIOS chip on the MOBO?
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23 Aug 2011   #14
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Wow this is sort of scary stuff to me!

While most users are pretty ignorant even the most basic PC users probably have never seen a auto update for the BIOS, and it would maybe surprise them or catch them unaware, resulting in a significant chance of damage to the computer.

Folks like us are vigilant about checking the settings for updates, and also blocking something like this from automatically occuring, but many users would have no clue about how potentially damaging a failed BIOS update can be.
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23 Aug 2011   #15
djl47

Windows Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
To me automatic BIOS updates are unheard of ...
Automatic BIOS updates should remain unheard of. Even with a manual update the warnings should be very clear about the consequences of a bjorked BIOS update.
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23 Aug 2011   #16
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djl47 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
To me automatic BIOS updates are unheard of ...
Automatic BIOS updates should remain unheard of. Even with a manual update the warnings should be very clear about the consequences of a bjorked BIOS update.
Agreed.

If your system is working properly, there is generally no need to install a BIOS update. Most of these updates just extend the board's compatibility with CPUs and RAM, although some also fix errors in the existing code. It is very important to read the documentation that comes with the upgrade prior to applying it to see what fixes are implemented and if it pertains to your situation. If it doesn't, and you aren't having any problems, then leave well alone. A botched BIOS upgrade can render your system an expensive paperweight. This sort of update is one where you should be notified first, and given the option to install or not.
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23 Aug 2011   #17
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
.... I've never seen/heard of an "auto" update for a motherboard BIOS...


Proof enough for you?
OK, but does it "auto" update? Meaning does it download and install itself without user action? That's what I mean when I say auto.

Contrast that to Windows Update which "automatically" updates the OS (provided you allow this), but will never "automatically" updates drivers, and does not include BIOS updates.

Anyway my point is the automatically updating a BIOS without user intervention.
No, it does not "auto" update. Never said it did.
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23 Aug 2011   #18
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That was the point I was making with my post. It wasn't meant as a personal attack
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23 Aug 2011   #19
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Wow this is sort of scary stuff to me!

While most users are pretty ignorant even the most basic PC users probably have never seen a auto update for the BIOS, and it would maybe surprise them or catch them unaware, resulting in a significant chance of damage to the computer.

Folks like us are vigilant about checking the settings for updates, and also blocking something like this from automatically occuring, but many users would have no clue about how potentially damaging a failed BIOS update can be.
I think if you install a program like the one Comp Cmndo shows here, or something like say Gigabyte has which shows all updates available for your motherboard, than yeah, those will show you BIOS updates as well, but they won't (shouldn't) install without user intervention. And as I said, you won't see BIOS updates in Windows Update (at least not yet, though though UEFI might change things. Just a wild guess).
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23 Aug 2011   #20
simmo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

BIOS updates aren't always necessary or of any benefit for the end user unless you are having some issue with the board. If its doing this as some part of an auto update run by some POS software installed by the manufacturer then I,personally would remove said software asap to the rubbish bin.
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