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Windows 7: BIOS Update in Windows 7


22 Nov 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
BIOS Update in Windows 7

Hi again,
I have a question how to update BIOS on Windows 7 x64 ultimate. I downloaded newest version of BIOS for my laptop (Toshiba Tecra A8-185 PTA83E). After unzipping there is only .exe file. When I try to run that file it says, that my OS is unsupported. When I run it in compability mode (with Vista or XP) it starts upgrading, but gives me an error: " BIOS upgrade is failure (8). BIOS is not able on that configuration." What should I do? I really need new BIOS. Can I run it during boot from USB drive or whatsoever?

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22 Nov 2009   #2

 

You shouldn't attempt to reflash the BIOS from within Windows... it's a process that will either prove impossible, or at best unsafe (hardware dependant) - what you need to do is whack the BIN file onto a USB stick (best to use a sub 2Gb stick) and load it during boot up according to Toshibas instructions for your machine.
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22 Nov 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

i dont have any BIN file. I have only Exe...
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22 Nov 2009   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by offi55 View Post
i dont have any BIN file. I have only Exe...
You also didn't get much luck on the Toshiba Forums I notice...

There are articles on the web about extracting the necessary files from the Phoenix BIOS "exe" files in order to flash at boot level.
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22 Nov 2009   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by offi55 View Post
i dont have any BIN file. I have only Exe...
Go to:

Download drivers:

for all the inf on your BIOS update.
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23 Nov 2009   #6

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

i've read that. But exe gives me an error and they write only about exe running. What do you guys think aboust installing Win XP, launching exe Bios update and installing Windows 7 again?
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23 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I believe that the Toshiba BIOS exe files, when executed, give you the option of creating a bootable CD. So, I recommend installing the new Microsoft Virtual PC, then download and install the XP virtual disc. Once you do that, try to run the exe inside the virtual XP and see if you can create a CD.
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23 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

i have an acer laptop and the same problem , i was trying with virtual machine with virtual xp but i dosen"t work. i think the only way is to install to different partition windows xp , to boot from xp to flash the bios and after that to erase the partition and anfter that to boot from windows 7. it cost a lot of time but i think is the only way and the safer one
p.s. i also have the phoenix bios and i don"t like it ,it is a tricky one with fewer settings
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24 Nov 2009   #9

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

I had the same problem with a Dell BIOS update in x64. Here is the solution:

1. Save the update to the C: drive
2. Create a Win 7 boot disk as shown here: System Repair Disc - Create
3. Boot from disk and use the command prompt to run the upgrade.
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04 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

do you now how to create the command line? becouse the executable is on the desktop
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