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Windows 7: BIOS update

08 Feb 2010   #1
gohardsupreme

windows 7 home premium sp1 x86
 
 
BIOS update

I have found out that there is a BIOS update for my laptop. Gateway's website says the update is for xp and vista. i have upgraded my laptop to win7. Is it safe to install the BIOS update despite gateway giving no information regarding whether or not it will work will win7? (when i bought my laptop win7 did not exist)


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08 Feb 2010   #2
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gohardsupreme View Post
I have found out that there is a BIOS update for my laptop. Gateway's website says the update is for xp and vista. i have upgraded my laptop to win7. Is it safe to install the BIOS update despite gateway giving no information regarding whether or not it will work will win7? (when i bought my laptop win7 did not exist)
Install BIOS update from DOS, not from Win 7.
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08 Feb 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Generally speaking, I am cautious with BIOS updates. If they don't resolve any issues that I am having, I usually don't install them because if something does go wrong, you may be left with a computer which does nothing.
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08 Feb 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I agree with pparks1. If there is no change that affects you, and you are not having any problems, why risk it?
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08 Feb 2010   #5
gohardsupreme

windows 7 home premium sp1 x86
 
 

Pparks, The only issue i am having is that my cpu seems to be running quite hot for no reason. during general use such as web browsing or working in microsoft office speedfan tells me the temperature is usually between 65-78 degrees C. Theog, my question for you is if i were to install the update how would i do it from DOS
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08 Feb 2010   #6
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Depends on the installer. Always install BIOS updates - they may provide new features or provide support for new CPU's - for desktops. Laptops are different. If it isn't for 7 do not install it.
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08 Feb 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Theog, why not install from Windows? I have never had any trouble...
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08 Feb 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Everything depends upon the manufacturer. With the dells and such that I have used, you ran the EXE within Windows and then it rebooted and did what it needed to do outside of Windows.
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08 Feb 2010   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gohardsupreme View Post
I have found out that there is a BIOS update for my laptop. Gateway's website says the update is for xp and vista. i have upgraded my laptop to win7. Is it safe to install the BIOS update despite gateway giving no information regarding whether or not it will work will win7? (when i bought my laptop win7 did not exist)
Hi Jonathan_King

Therefore safer to install in DOS.
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08 Feb 2010   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

If the BIOS chip is socketed, and a new chip is availble, you might consider getting one instead of flashing. The chips are inexpensive, and would permit you to revert to the old chip if anything went wrong. But then I don't know how accessible the chip is on your laptop.
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