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Windows 7: BIOS problem Dell INSPIRON 1420

28 May 2010   #1

BIOS problem Dell INSPIRON 1420

I'm getting an error message when i try to install windows 7 on my laptop (dell inspiron 1420)... it was said that the BIOS should be upgraded first before do the installation.

well then, I'm a newbie and i don't know what should i do.
can anybody help me?

This is the error message i've got :
The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.
Windows cannot be installed on this computer with the current system BIOS version. Contact your computer manufacturer for a BIOS update, install the update, and then start Windows installation again. OEM Name: Dell Inc.; OEM Model: Inspiron 1420 ; BIOS Version: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07; BIOS Date: 20080203000000.000000+000

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28 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

What kind of Windows 7 install disk is this? Is it Retail, i.e. did you buy it from a store in a box?

Or is it part of an upgrade kit that you got from Dell?

What OS did your computer come preinstalled with (if any) and when did you buy this computer?
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28 May 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu


The BIOS in your PC is not compatible with windows 7 - you need to update this before proceeding

This update should be available from Dell I believe A09 is the latest

Start here ....
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I would suggest you follow the asset tag ID route to ensure full compatibility

If you do not feel comfortable with this type of advanced updating I would suggest you contact a local IT Pro, although BIOS updates are a lot less risky that they were it is still important to follow instructions to the letter
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28 May 2010   #4


Barman58 : well, i use windows vista home basic before trying to install windows 7, and i buy it from store...

Bill2 : i'll try to update my BIOS to A09 from dell then... maybe it'll help.
thanks for the help.
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