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Windows 7: Updating ASUS 8 Series Motherboard Bios

24 Mar 2015   #1
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 
Updating ASUS 8 Series Motherboard Bios

I've been contemplating upgrading my i5-4670k to an i7-4790k, but to do this I'd have to update my BIOS to take the Devil's Canyon CPU. Now I'm no pro when it comes to BIOS updates, far from it, and I've been trying to convince myself I have the minerals to do it.
I've been reading up on it and came across this from ASUS:

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My question is would it really be that easy to update the BIOS, especially in a Windows environment? I've never heard of that before, has anybody even tried it?




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24 Mar 2015   #2
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

i can not comment on other boards but all the dells i have had the bios update were windows based.
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24 Mar 2015   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I haven't updated a BIOS since my old ASUS M2A-VM with a BIOS flash and that was a hairy experience. If I can update this board's BIOS that easily it will certainly make me feel more comfortable doing it.
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24 Mar 2015   #4
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I have several Asus boards and I always do it through BIOS. I download the BIOS file, use a USB Flash drive and format it FAT32, extract the bios zip file I downloaded to the USB drive. Go into BIOS and click on the Tools section. There will be a bios update or EZ update category. When you go there select the Flash drive, then highlight the bios file you just put there and press OK. It will ask for a confirmation, press OK and it will start. Do nothing, it will show a progress bar. When finished, it will tell you it succeeded and that you will now reboot to change the bios. When you reboot, it will take a minute or two, so don't think it has gone wrong. That is when the actual bios update is taking place. When it does reboot, go into bios and just like the first time you started the computer, set Optimized Defaults (F5) then set your ram, sata configuration and anything else you usually do, save and exit.

It sounds like a lot in writing it, but it is an easy and pretty quick way to do it. I have done it 1 time in Windows, like you posted above. It worked fine, but I just don't like Windows based bios updates. OEMs do Windows Based because most of their customers would never go to BIOS, so they make it as simple as possible.

I have done it dozens of times the way I described above without one problem. I have flashed a bios backwards and forward with no problem. Asus even has the bios flashback which is done with the computer off. I have only done that once, but it worked OK. Just watch the LED start flashing and when it stops, the bios is flashed.
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24 Mar 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have also done it on Asus motherboards just like Steve has posted and it has always worked.
I never have tried to do the updates while in Windows. Hell I didn't even know you could.
The new Asus motherboards just need power and the usb stick with the bios update on it. Make sure the memory stick is Fat32 and the bios is unzipped when installed on the memory stick.
Nothing else.

I'm a firm believer in reading the motherboard manual and having it in front of you so you don't make mistakes.

I can't say about all motherboards but it seems like Asus is trying to make bios updates easier. That way they won't have to RMA so many motherboards.

If I remember correctly watching Asus videos the very newest Asus motherboards have removable bios chips with different bios on them. You just replace the chip. Pull one out and slip one in.
That sounds handy to me.
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24 Mar 2015   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I may be very wrong here, but I think bios updates have gotten a bad reputation from the way it was 10 years ago. There was a time that a bios update was a big risk, but I think the problems have pretty much been worked out. I really think it is fairly safe now.
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24 Mar 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I agree.

Just follow the motherboard manual and things should work fine.
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24 Mar 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can do it through the flash drive or you can do it right through the Asus Suite software installed in windows.

I recommend using the flash drive.

Can`t beleive you have to update the bios just to run the DC cpu, did Asus tell you you had to do this ?

I guess because it`s an Z87 and not a Z97 ?

Nice board though

Motherboards - SABERTOOTH Z87 - ASUS
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25 Mar 2015   #9
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Yeah the Z87 doesn't support DC so the update is needed. My hesitance was solely down to my past experiences with flashing the BIOS but if the risks are minimal these days that's no problem, I just didn't want to brick a 150 mobo.

Thanks for the input people it's much appreciated, I've given rep out where I can. I need to spread it around more unfortunately.
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25 Mar 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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