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Windows 7: System BIOS update is available.

18 Feb 2013   #1
devilzchief

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
System BIOS update is available.

I have compaq cq60 laptop and using windows 7 ultimate 32bit. Well I have checked hp drivers & software support website and there is update available. Well now BIOS version F.32 and F.65 is now available. I want to know If I updates so wouldn't it harm or damage my windows file and personal. What will be changes made after this. Anxiously waiting for the response.

thanks.


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18 Feb 2013   #2
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

BEFORE you make any changes, you should look through the BIOS utilities and confirm there is a way to (1) save off the current working BIOS, and (2) restore from that saved BIOS if the update goes badly. Updating a BIOS is always risky -- as I found out when I did a routine update to my Gigabyte board and it crashed. Since I was able to restore it from the saved BIOS, I was OK.

The BIOS won't do anything to Windows or any of its files, but if it fails for some reason, you will not be able boot your PC at all. So, it's very important to check the stuff I mentioned above.
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18 Feb 2013   #3
devilzchief

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
BEFORE you make any changes, you should look through the BIOS utilities and confirm there is a way to (1) save off the current working BIOS, and (2) restore from that saved BIOS if the update goes badly. Updating a BIOS is always risky -- as I found out when I did a routine update to my Gigabyte board and it crashed. Since I was able to restore it from the saved BIOS, I was OK.

The BIOS won't do anything to Windows or any of its files, but if it fails for some reason, you will not be able boot your PC at all. So, it's very important to check the stuff I mentioned above.
If its risky So its not good update. Well which steps you given to me to do, Will you please give me full brief to do it, I will try it.
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18 Feb 2013   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Generally, unless the BIOS update solves a problem you are having or allows you to install new hardware, e.g. new model CPU, it is not necessary or advisable to perform the update. Check the BIOS release notes to see if you need it. If your computer is not having any problems why take any risk for zero benefit.

A BIOS update gone wrong will make your computer inoperable.
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18 Feb 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I agree if the new BIOS does not address a problem you may be having, leave it alone! New is not always better.
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18 Feb 2013   #6
devilzchief

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Generally, unless the BIOS update solves a problem you are having or allows you to install new hardware, e.g. new model CPU, it is not necessary or advisable to perform the update. Check the BIOS release notes to see if you need it. If your computer is not having any problems why take any risk for zero benefit.

A BIOS update gone wrong will make your computer inoperable.
BTW, I have not having any such kind of problem, just want to know I do it or not. There is no release with it. Just a line what a new in it i.e.:

Fix/Enhancement: - Fixes an issue where an unexpected error occurs when the system is running the PC encryption program.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I agree if the new BIOS does not address a problem you may be having, leave it alone! New is not always better.
By your all suggestion I leave it alone.

Thank you all for your kind response. I will be grateful to you all. Thread issue solved.
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18 Feb 2013   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome, enjoy your computer.
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18 Feb 2013   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

In rereading your post, I notice now that it appears that the PC is "offering" you the BIOS update, right?

I have a fairly new HP laptop and it did the same to me -- and while I generally do NOT do this, in this case, I DID do the BIOS update -- and nothing bad happened.

This also was done as part of the HP utility that came with the laptop -- it did all the work, I had to do nothing.

So, if this is the same with your PC, then it is probably safe to do the BIOS update.
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18 Feb 2013   #9
devilzchief

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
In rereading your post, I notice now that it appears that the PC is "offering" you the BIOS update, right?

I have a fairly new HP laptop and it did the same to me -- and while I generally do NOT do this, in this case, I DID do the BIOS update -- and nothing bad happened.

This also was done as part of the HP utility that came with the laptop -- it did all the work, I had to do nothing.

So, if this is the same with your PC, then it is probably safe to do the BIOS update.
No, well I was previously using Vista which is factory OS some days ago I upgraded to 7 ultimate so some drivers of vista was not working so I visited HP site to update my drivers that where I saw BIOS update thats why I was inquiring about it . BTW HP update utility not offering BIOS update.
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19 Feb 2013   #10
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devilzchief View Post
BTW HP update utility not offering BIOS update.
OK, others may think differently, by if it were me, I would not update the BIOS unless the HP tool offers it.
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