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06 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Wondering...

If I update my firmwares for like: chipset, touchpad driver, Intel turbo boost, etc.

when I restore to a previously made image (like a 3 months ago Image) will the firmwares be reverted back to the old state too?

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06 Feb 2012   #2

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Software will revert back to the system restore date. Hardware, of course will not change.
You may consider a system restore, which will not touch your personal documents, but all else will change as above.
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06 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

If you mean updating the hardware firmware and not the drivers used by Windows. Restoring from an image will not affect hardware.
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06 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, what you are listing are drivers, and those will not be part of an image that you made previously. Images have their advantages, but they also have some disadvantages as well, such as reverting back to old software and driver versions.
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06 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I see. So I was mentioning drivers not firmwares. How about DVD-ROM and BIOS firmware? I'm asking these question because I've downloaded a firmware update for my BIOS and also want to update my DVD-ROM's firmware due to the error message I received while burning an ISO file:


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I'm looking for a site to download the firmware update for my SLIMTYPE DVD A DS8A4S DVD writer.

And I was thinking that If I found an update and later on if I have trouble with my unit and want to do a system restore then will the firmware update be also reverted?

Then I guess that's a NO (revert) to firmware updates and YES (revert) to drivers then.


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06 Feb 2012   #6
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Firmware is not software, its code stored/written to chips on the device and independent of the OS. Firmware updates are not part of the OS and system restore will have no effect on them. If you flash your BIOS the only way to go back is to flash it again with the original BIOS file. It's not the same thing as writing data to a hard drive either, its a totally different process. If you get it wrong you could brick the device.
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06 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks alpha, but what do you mean by BRICK THE DEVICE?
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06 Feb 2012   #8

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Brick the Device=Destroy
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06 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes Zirandiel.
Error in updating drivers is someway fixable.
But Firmware, need you to thoroughly follow the provided guideline.
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06 Feb 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zyrandiel View Post
Thanks alpha, but what do you mean by BRICK THE DEVICE?
Brick the device also refereed to as turning it into a paper weight, door stop or some other useless device. Basically you render it totally non functional and useless.
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