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Windows 7: Updating BIOS how and when

19 Jun 2013   #1
ToxicXGL

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Updating BIOS how and when

So lately i have been thinking of updating my BIOS now first of all how do you know when its time to upgrade and how does one go about doing this process. I have the Asus P8H61 MLE/CSM. Any insight or help is appreciated


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19 Jun 2013   #2
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Unless there is a specific problem you're trying to fix, and you know for certain that the BIOS upgrade will fix that, do NOT do a BIOS update. This is nothing like apps version updates or driver updates. If something goes wrong during the BIOS update, your machine is turned into an electric brick.

My advice to folks is to NOT do any BIOS updates unless you are sure of the following:
1) You have a way to store off the current working BIOS code to a media that can be used to restore it
2) You have a way to restore that saved BIOS code if the update goes badly.

That said, ASUS board I have used in the past had something known as EZ-flash (or something like that) that involved you booting with a special key combination that then launched a BIOS update utility. You could then stick in a diskette or a USB stick and save off the current BIOS. IF that utility still exists with your motherboard, it will be explained in the manual that came with it.
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22 Jun 2013   #3
keebsuk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I am posting to back up what Mark has posted.

Unless you have a specific problem that can only be sorted with a bios flash then avoid doing it at all costs.

Andy
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