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Windows 7: Question about Driver Pack Solution and BIOSAGENTPLUS

27 May 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Question about Driver Pack Solution and BIOSAGENTPLUS

I download Driver Pack Solution 12.3 yesterday not knowing that its not the latest version.
The file size was about 3GB+
And now I want to upgrade it to 13 but the file size is 5.57GB
Do I have to download this? I guess that some part of it is include in the old version.
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Theres bios update on DRIVERPACK SOLUTIOn and when i click update
I have to download this program for scanning and after scan
I need to have account in able to download the updates
Is there any way to download it for free?any alternative for this program
Heres the updates screenshot

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LINK BiosAgentPlus Results




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27 May 2013   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

You should be able to get the updated BIOS from the Lenovo support site for free.
If you aren't having any issues requiring a BIOS update it might be best to not update the BIOS.
An error updating the BIOS can cause problems where the system won't boot up.
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27 May 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

IMHO programs like that are just scams to get you to pay money for something you can get for free. BIOS updates and driver downloads are free from the manufacturer of the device. Updating the BIOS is not like updating drivers. It should only be done if need be. If done incorrectly you could render your motherboard inoperative. A BIOS update is not a driver update.
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27 May 2013   #4

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adriansam View Post
... I need to have account in able to download the updates...
This should clue you in that this is a scam! As already mentioned, BIOS and driver updates are available for free from the PC manufacturer's website. You shouldn't be going elsewhere and you should NOT do a BIOS update at all, unless: (1) you have a way of saving off the current, working BIOS, and (2), you have a way of restoring that saved BIOS if anything goes wrong with the update.
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27 May 2013   #5

win7 64bit
 
 

I've used BIOSAGENTPLUS for 3+ years. They are NOT a scam. They are the actual authorized support site for Phoenix.com and AMI.com. They tel you right up front that you are buying a service. A service that allows you to easily update up to 10 PCs with a single account from one source. They allow you to scan for free and access the report. If you choose to spend 2-3 hours hunting down a BIOS update from the OEM that might not have the update on all their sites, like ASUS, then that's your choice. Plus one thinhg they offer that many people don't realize is driver updates that sometimes newer that what the OEM offers. Listen, this is a good board. I rarely post. But come on, NOT every company that charges a fee is a SCAM. eSupport.com has been around for 20+ years. If they were a scam, they wouldn't have lasted 2 years. Seriously, the whole this isa scam and that is a scam gets old.
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28 May 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

@ TechQueen If you're happy with the service that's fine. For me personally, I don't see the need to pay for something that I can do myself for free. I'm still of the opinion that most of these so called services are money grabbing scams.
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28 May 2013   #7

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I'll also add that while a BIOS "Developer" such as Phoenix or AMI may have a newer version, that doesn't mean it will work on every OEM PC or OEM motherboard.
BIOS developers/suppliers such as Phoenix or AMI create a new version and make it available...
Hardware manufactures may well modify the latest BIOS to match specific requirements for their hardware and then make it available.
Using a newer Phoenix or AMI BIOS on your own is more like doing an ALPHA BIOS test imho.
I would not try one of these BIOS updates unless I was really desperate...and willing to accept a bricked system as a possibility.
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28 May 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I only ever use the BIOS offered by the motherboard manufacturer and only the one offered for that specific make and model. I also make it a point to follow the manufacturers procedure for flashing that board to the letter. Same thing with drivers. My two desktops use ASUS motherboards and my laptop is ASUS. I go to ASUS first for drivers. If I have problems with one those drivers then I may look to VIA or RealTek or Nvidia etc. Newer isn't always better. I'll take stable and reliable over newer any day.
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28 May 2013   #9

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

+1
I agree!
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